The Boone Central Cardinals were not as sharp as they had been in a thrilling victory over previously undefeated and #1 ranked Pierce the week before.
The conditions were less than optimal.
And the Cards faced another stout Class C1 Top 10 opponent – on the road.
No one has been able to best Boone Central in 2021, however, and the Battle Creek Braves would not become the first.
The Big Red defense rose to the challenge Friday night at Battle Creek, put the team on it’s collective back and carried the day in a 13-0 victory that improved C1 #3 Boone’s season record to 6-0.
The Cardinals were actually quite efficient offensively in the early going, scoring touchdowns in the first and second periods, before the various elements hindered further point production.
“That was an interesting game. Our defense did a great job. That was a very good team to be able to post a shutover over,” said Boone Central Coach Mark Hudson. “Not only was it another difficult opponent, but we again had to battle adversity, with poor, muddy field conditions and way too many penalties that hurt us.
“The penalties and execution mistakes made it difficult to get a rhythm offensively, as we’d get the running game going, then lose yardage and be in tough situations for play calling. Credit Battle Creek – they also play good defense.”
Boone was flagged 10 times, costing the Cards a whopping 115 yards of field position. Boone did not turn the ball over, however, and finished plus-2 in turnover margin.
A win is a win is a win, and Hudson also noted that, through research, this appeared to be the first year the Cardinals had played and defeated all of the “big three” of Mid-State Conference and Northeast Nebraska Class C football heavyweights Norfolk Catholic, Pierce and Battle Creek since Albion/Boone Central joined the Mid-State in 1987.
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