It was the start of district play and a week the Boone Central Cardinals simply needed to take care of business.
With focus and an explosive first quarter, Boone did just that, pitching its initial shutout of the season in a 42-0 victory at West Point-Beemer (1-4) Friday.
While the Cardinals’ offensive output came and went after the opening stanza, the Boone defense stood tall all night, limiting the Cadets to 2.3 yards per rush and 182 total yards in the contest.
Not a perfect performance, but on point.
By the end of the opening 12 minutes of play, Boone Central (4-1, #3 Omaha World-Herald C1 Top 10), could pretty much chalk this one in the ‘win column.’
The Card defense forced a 3-and-out by West Point-Beemer on the game’s initial possesion, then proceeded to drive 49 yards in 10 plays to open scoring. Alex Christo kept the march alive with a 13-yard completion to James Fogleman on a 4th-and-5 at the Cadet 31-yard line and Parker Borer covered the final yard to paydirt. The PAT kick failed.
Rinse and repeat.
Another 3-and-out by the hosts, a 45-yard, 9-play scoring foray by Boone. Another 4th-and-5, a 14-yard gallop by Borer, who again capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Christo then connected with Brant Benes for the 2-point conversion and a 14-0 Cardinal lead.
The first quarter fireworks were not complete, however.
Kolton Rasmussen recovered a fumbled pitch by West Point-Beemer on the first play of the ensuing series and returned it 20 yards for six points. Christo again connected with Benes on the conversion attempt and the Cardinals had a 22-0 advantage.
West Point-Beemer finally found some offensive traction on its next possession. The Cadets marched from their 20 to Boone’s one-yard line in 14 plays, converting two third downs and one fourth down. The Cardinals kept a zero on the Cadet side of the scoreboard, however, as Caden Stokes and Nathanieal Werner stuffed a fourth-down run at the one for no gain.
Boone’s offense was quiet in the second quarter, with the Cardinals punting twice. West Point-Beemer had a second chance at points, but missed a 38-yard field goal attempt just seconds before halftime.
The Cadets also had some offensive success to begin the third quarter, but a fourth-down pass attempt was defensed by Benes. The teams traded punts and Boone finally lit the scoreboard for the first time since the opening period.
Rasmussen raced 20 yards on a first-down run and, two plays later, Jaxon Lipker made an acrobatic snag of a 33-yard touchdown aerial from Christo. Another two-point conversion attempt was stopped, leaving the Cardinals with a 28-0 lead.
Borer intercepted a Cadet pass attempt on the following series and, after the teams again traded punts, Christo showed his elusiveness, dashing and darting from one side of the field to the other for a 34-yard touchdown. Fogleman booted the PAT.
Boone put the final touches on the win less than two minutes later when Rasmussen picked off a West Point-Beemer passed and returned it 26 yards for six. Fogleman added the final point.
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