It took a few edits and rewrites, but between the fits and starts, Boone Central penned another entertaining and successful chapter in its 2021 football saga Friday, whitewashing Douglas County West 46-0 at the Boone Central Athletic Field in Albion.
The night’s plot began both fast and furious, with the Cardinals scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions to take a 19-0 lead. Two botched PAT attempts marred the start slightly and seemed to portend some looming writer’s block.
The Boone script went off track in the second quarter with several damaging penalties, including one negating a pass completion and another that foiled a fake punt attempt before it could even get started. When the Cardinals did punt, there was a bad long snap, and several additional miscues stalled the Boone offense the remainder of the period. When the Cardinals did find traction, a fumble halted a drive.
The halftime break seemed to provide renewed inspiration and focus, and the result was best-selling material in a second half that saw the Cardinals blank DC West 27-0 in swashbuckling fashion.
Overall, Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson was pleased with his team’s third straight victory, but knows there is work to do.
“DC West’s schedule is not the toughest, but they had some quality players. We did what we needed to do after coming out flat the week before,” Hudson said. “We still had some mistakes – penalties, fumbles – but not as many as the week before. Our goal will be to continue to improve in those areas.
“We still have a lot of room to improve, but we’re nearly halfway through the regular season – how sharp we can get on the details in the next week or two will determine the rest of the season. There are big games every week.”
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