While Boone Central’s 35-0 victory over host Lakeview Friday was a bit stop and start – Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson called it, “herky-jerky” – it was effective.
After all, even when not at full efficiency, there’s always a Cardinal ‘big play’ waiting to be sprung.
Boone Central’s defense was dominant once again, posting its second shutout in three games. The Class C1 #1 Cardinals have now outscored their opponents 125-7 in 2023.
While it’s hard to bash a 35-0 spanking, Hudson hinted to media after the contest that his team may not have had 100 percent focus coming off last week’s 42-7 victory over Aurora.
“They’re two different teams. Lakeview’s got more size, and Aurora’s defensive backs are all over the place,” he noted. “Just the matchup is the key thing in C1 that people don’t understand … that each week is different. Our kids needed that reminder (tonight).
“It was pretty herky-jerky … a little inconsistent. We tried to tell them all week they’re going to be well-coached … Lakeview is going to come out and play really hard. They always do. It’s a rivalry, but just too many mistakes.
“You can’t turn the ball over and take too many penalties … we got to clean that stuff up.”
While Boone’s defense pummeled the Lakeview attack, limiting the Vikings to a meager 58 yards rushing and 117 total yards, the Cardinal ‘fireworks display’ lit the scoreboard time and again.
Much of it rode on the arm and decision-making of first-year quarterback James Fogleman, as Boone Central enjoyed its best “air” game of the season.
Fogleman hooked up with Kolton Rasmussen on a 41-yard completion to set up Hank Hudson’s 11-yard touchdown run on the game’s initial possession. On Boone’s second drive, the senior signal-caller found Brant Benes for a 46-yard score. Fogleman hit Caden Stokes with a 34-yard TD in the third period and capped a three-touchdown night with a 22-yard screen pass-and-run with Parker Borer.
“We kind of figured Lakeview would key on Borer,” Hudson said of his All-State back who rushed for over 200 yards and four TDs against Aurora. “Fogleman hit some big passes early, and missed some reads late, but he’s throwing the ball well for a guy in his third start.”
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