Juggernaut (a huge, powerful and overwhelming force).
The Boone Central Cardinals experienced the impact of such a juggernaut in Thursday’s 2019 season finale, as the undefeated Pierce Bluejays ran up leads of 28-0 and 55-7 on their way to a 55-20 victory at the Boone Central athletic field.
Powerful and overwhelming. Think of the 2014 Cardinals. Yeah, something like that.
Boone Central’s current squad, led by four intrepid seniors, but composed mostly of underclassmen still trying to find their niche in high school football, was simply no match for a talented, well-coached, senior-heavy Pierce team.
“Pierce is good at what they do, and their strength of running the ball matched up against our struggle to stop the run,” noted Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson. “So that makes for a long night.”
Pierce finished with 555 total yards, rushing for 510 in 50 attempts (10.2 avg.). Boone Central rushed for 146 yards (4.9 avg.) and passed for 151, totaling 297 yards. The Bluejays had a 29-13 advantage in first downs, were plus-2 in turnovers and committed just two penalties.
Although it was certainly a disappointing season for Boone Central (2-7), Hudson was proud of the fight and resolve of his young squad.
“We only had four seniors, but they were a very courageous bunch. Many times they knew they were up against a team bigger and stronger than they were, and they went in with a warrior mentality and fought hard – even after the game was decided,” Hudson praised. “They were good leaders in that regard. And for a bunch of young men with little success in junior high and JV, they gave their best, kept getting up and didn’t quit.
“We played hard – we just weren’t as big and strong as pretty much every team we played. Some of that might just be being young, and some might be a need to find more lifting opportunities during the school day to keep up with our opponents.
“Some might be getting the right chemistry and more time together in the summer. It’s probably a combination. We’ll have to get back to work as players and coaches this week!”
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