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#1 Huskies thwart Boone Central in C1 showdown

Following a 42-21 victory over Broken Bow in the season opener, Class C1 #4 Boone Central traveled to Aurora wondering just who it was and where it stood among C1’s best.
The answer was not exactly what the Cardinals hoped for, but now they know. Boone is a very good team, but one with steps to take and improvement to make to join the ranks of the 2022 elite.
Aurora, ranked #1 by just about everyone as soon as the two-time Class B state finalist Huskies dropped from B to C1, got five touchdowns by All-State star Carlos Collazo and dominated Boone throughout a 34-13 victory Friday night.
The Cardinals could not stop an overpowering offensive line and Collazo, and could barely dent a swarming, relentless Huskie defense through most the contest. Aurora had a 397-166 total yardage advantage and had six more first downs despite reeling off touchdown plays of 80 (twice) and 32 yards. Boone Central finished the contest with only 11 positive yards on the ground in 25 rush attempts.
“Saying Aurora was a tough game would be an understatement – they beat us in all three phases and played backups most of the second half. They are an elite football team,” acknowledged Boone Coach Mark Hudson. “They were in the Class B state final last year and you could see the difference. They do football year-round and many of their kids aren’t multi-sport, so they can condition and drill at another level.
“They were a well-oiled machine, and their lack of mistakes in week two is something you just don’t see in Class C very often.
“We made some improvements, but still have some players making the same mistakes – maybe a loss will help get the coaching points across. We’ve got good players and still have lots of potential to grow and close the gap between us and a team like Aurora, but we have to start focusing on the details.”

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