It was a game matching teams successful so far in 2022, yet with something still to prove.
Boone Central rolled in as the Class C1 #4 ranked team by the Omaha World-Herald, but had been sporadic in wins over Broken Bow and Lakeview, as well as absorbing a 34-14 loss to C1 #1 Aurora.
Host Douglas County West, on the other hand, boasted a 3-0 start, the best in the school’s brief grid history. However, many wondered if the Falcons had really turned a corner and could be considered a postseason threat in 2022.
Who would make a statement?
At the end of Friday’s contest in Valley, it was the team with the pedigree. Boone Central, long among the teams on the top pedestal of C1 football, scored 29 points in the second and third periods on its way to a dominant 41-6 victory over outclassed DC West.
It was an impressive performance, and even boosted the Cards to #3 in the OWH Top 10.
Of course, coaches don’t care much about ratings, especially at this point of the season. Boone Central Coach Mark Hudson was concerned with how his team played – and pleased with the outcome.
“The boys put together a solid four quarters for the first time this year. That’s good to see as we head into district play this next week,” Hudson praised. “We ran the ball better than we had in the previous three games, and I felt the defense continued to play solid.
“We need to stay healthy and continue to clean up mistakes as we prepare for the last half of the season and the next four district games.”
Offensively, defensively, it was a complete performance by Boone Friday, as statistics bear out.
The Cardinals rolled to a 385-149 total yardage advantage, outrushing DC West 286-116. Boone had a 19-6 edge in first downs and were noticeably better in avoiding penalties than previous games (2 – 20 yds). The only negative was finishing minus-1 in turnover margin.
Further details and stats in Print & Online editions of Albion News/Boone County Tribune