Sports

2nd half surge carries Boone to big grid win

Boone Central fans did not have a lot to cheer about in Friday’s first half – at least not when the Cardinals had the ball.
But, several halftime adjustments and a renewed focus boosted Boone’s second half production, lit the scoreboard and ignited the excitement among Cardinal faithful.
It led to a big victory for the red and black, as Boone tallied 21 straight points in the third and fourth periods to rally for a 27-10 decision over defending Class C1 state champion Lakeview at the Boone Central athletic complex.
A fast start to the third quarter was a key in the contest. With Boone trailing 10-6, Brant Benes returned the second half kickoff 27 yards. Parker Borer immediately raced 52 yards to the Lakeview three-yard line and Alex Christo ran for the go-ahead touchdown on the ensuing play. James Fogleman added the PAT for a 13-10 Boone Central edge.
With a swarming Boone defense holding the Vikings to just 130 total yards, the Card offense put the finishing touches on the win. After throwing an interception and punting, Boone stopped Lakeview on a fourth down play and fashioned a five-play 42-yard scoring drive culminated by Christo’s 38-yard TD strike to Benes with 1:29 remaining in the third quarter. Fogleman’s PAT made it 20-10.
The Cardinals sealed the W with an eight-play, 68-yard march featuring six Borer carries, the last a 31-yard touchdown gallop with 1:52 to play.
Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson called the win, which boosted Boone Central to 2-1, important to his team.
“Lakeview is a good team, and that was a solid win. We made a few halftime adjustments to our game plan and the blocking schemes of our wide receivers that helped get our guys out in space more often,” Hudson commented. “Also, the way we won and responded to adversity when down 10-6 at halftime was very important for this team. We didn’t respond well to being down 13-6 at Aurora last week, so hopefully we can look back at this second half, or even the first play of the second half, as a turning point.
“The defense took some strides forward also in playing the run more soundly. We didn’t give up any big running plays, which we had the first two weeks, and limited their stud back to nine yards in 16 carries.”
In fact, Boone’s defense held Lakeview to just 19 total rushing yards in the contest.
The Cardinals actually struck first in the game, Christo connecting with Benes on a 32-yard TD pass with :48 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Boone offense struggled in the second period, however, and the Vikings responded with a fourth-down touchdown pass and field goal to edge ahead at intermission.
The game, overall, featured two defenses that made it hard for the offenses to gain consistent traction.

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