Opening night. Warm but clear weather. Up against your biggest, baddest rival. Anticipation. Eagerness. Undoubtably, some nerves.
Whatta ya do?
Well, if you’re the Boone Central Cardinals, you have a whole lotta fun!
Boone Central unleashed an early blitz against a stunned Norfolk Catholic squad Thursday night at Norfolk’s Veteran’s Memorial Field and used that spark to ignite a 39-17 2021 season-opening victory over the Knights.
It was 13-0 before Norfolk Catholic – and Boone fans – could even catch their breath. A 31-yard run. A 35-yard touchdown dash. A 93-yard TD bolt. Four offensive plays, 13 points.
The Cardinals remained exposive throughout the contest. A 29-yard scoring pass. A 48-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown. A 42-yard TD scamper.
Catholic simply had no answers.
“That was fun. That’s my first win over Norfolk Catholic since I’ve been here (at Boone Central) and a good way to start off the season,” Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson commented. “The boys put in a lot of time and effort during the offseason after a disappointing 2020, and that win was an important confidence booster to show all that work was worth it.
“There were plenty of first-game mistakes, but we played physical football and actually looked to be in better conditioning than Norfolk Catholic as the game wore on. Those are two areas we will have to build on moving forward, but running for almost 300 yards on Catholic is a good place to start.
“Now, the important thing is to stay focused on the next opponent and not get caught up on everybody patting us on the back.”
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