Cardinals ride Mazour to title, send Coach Johnson out in style

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
March 3, 2015

 

 

While the position of dual-threat quarterback has seemingly become a household term nowadays, a true dual-threat quarterback is still one of more exciting spectacles to watch on all levels of football. Especially however, in high school football, and especially when your dual-threat quarterback leads you to a championship.

 

For the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals, that’s exactly what happened.

 

Dual-threat quarterback Wyatt Mazour led the Cardinals to the Nebraska C1 State Championship in 2014, defeating Ashland-Greenwood, 54-14 to capture the title.

 

While Mazour might look and seem more like a running back, the senior could certainly sling the ball through the air when necessary. He totaled over 200 total yards of offense in nine of 13 games last season and accumulated over 300 yards of offense in five of those games.

 

He finished his senior season with 1,626 yards on the ground and 1,869 yards through the air. He ran for 25 touchdowns and threw for another 26. He also returned kicks and punts for an additional 623 yards and another two scores.

 

Mazour wasn’t finished with just offense and special teams, he also played cornerback on a defense that held opponents under 14 points per game. He recorded three pass break ups, recovered a fumble and intercepted two passes, one in which he returned for a touchdown against Wayne.

 

All in all, Mazour finished the season with 2,307 all-purpose yards, an average of 177.5 yards per game. He was credited with 28 solo touchdowns while he was accountable for 54 scores overall on the season.

 

The Cardinals jumped out of the gates hot in 2014. After allowing their week one opponent, Scotus Central Catholic, to tie the game at 14 points apiece, Boone Central scored 17 unanswered points to win 31-14.

 

Boone Central would lead the way for the next seven games. In fact, the closest any opponent came to leading over the Cardinals in those seven games would be the 0-0 start of the game. Boone Central scored first in each game, winning their first eight games by a combined margin of 352-111.

 

In their regular season finale against Norfolk Catholic, the Cardinals took a 12-3 lead before allowing a quick touchdown run by the Knights that cut the lead to 12-9 at halftime.

 

Norfolk Catholic became the first team to lead the Cardinals in 2014 as they scored on the opening drive of the third quarter to take a 16-12 lead.

 

However, those would be the last points the Knights scored, as they surrendered 20 unanswered to Boone Central, falling to the Cardinals, 32-16.

 

That game ended Boone Central’s regular season at a perfect 9-0 as they entered the playoffs with a first round matchup against Milford. After being granted the No. 2 seed and dispatching Milford, 48-7 to open the postseason, a familiar foe would be presented to the Cardinals.

 

That familiar foe would be the only opponent they trailed in the regular season, Norfolk Catholic.

 

Much like their first meeting, the game remained close throughout as the Cardinals led 14-6 at halftime. After two quick scores form each brought the game within one possession at 17-14, Mazour marched his team down the field in just five plays before pushing Boone Central’s advantage to 23-14.

 

Mazour’s five-yard touchdown rush was enough to hold up in the end as the Cardinals hung on for the 23-17 victory over the Knights to advance.

 

For just the second time during the entire season, the Cardinals found themselves trailing, in their next outing. Against Kearney Catholic in the state semifinals, the Stars scored first, late in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Similar to the only other time the Cardinals trailed though, those points would be the last ones Kearney Catholic could muster.

 

Boone Central advanced to the state championship after scoring 34 consecutive points to win, 34-7 over the Stars.

 

The state championship game pitted Nebraska Class C1’s top two teams in the No. 2 seed Cardinals taking on No. 1 seed Ashland-Greenwood.

 

Boone Central looked more like the top seed however, jumping out to a 21-7 first quarter lead before ultimately handing the Bluejays their lone defeat of the season, 54-14. The 40-point loss was the Bluejays largest margin of defeat in over two years.

 

The game was a fitting end to a season and a fitting end to head coach Arnold Johnson’s career at Boone Central, as his last game at the helm of the Cardinals sent him out as a State Champion.

 

Mazour finished the state championship game, throwing for 129 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a season-high 248 yards.

 

With the departures of Coach Johnson as well as Mazour and several other seniors, the Cardinals will have an uphill road if they were to repeat as State Champions.

 

Nevertheless, Mazour and Coach Johnson exit Boone Central as Champions. A fitting exit for a legendary coach and truly one of the more exciting dual-threat quarterbacks in recent memory.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Wyatt Mazour (1626 yards)

Passing: Wyatt Mazour (1869 yards)

Receiving: Travis Kennedy (515 yards)

All-Purpose: Wyatt Mazour (2307 yards)

Touchdowns: Wyatt Mazour (28)

Rush attempts: Wyatt Mazour (185 carries)

Receptions: Zac Glidden (27 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Colton Pelster (75)

Tackles for loss: Michael Lipker (12.5)

Sacks: Michael Lipker (2.5)

Interceptions: Kyle Kramer (5)

Fumbles forced: Zac Glidden (3)

Fumbles recovered: Zac Glidden (4)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 543 points

Opponent scoring: 172

Total offense: 5095 yards

Total rushing yards: 2895 yards

Total passing yards: 2200 yards

Opponent offense: 3325 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 2362 yards

Opponent passing yards: 963 yards

Third down conversions: 50/120 (41.7 %)

Opponent third down conversions: 56/188 (29.8 %)

Turnover differential: +10 (23 interceptions, 10 fumbles)

Final week of the regular season in Ohio, who do you think will win

 
Digital Scout Staff (@DigitalScout)
October 30, 2014

 

Over the past several years, we here at Digital Scout have competed in a friendly game of who-knows-more-than-who when it comes to Ohio High School Football.

 

In a game dubbed as the "Digital Scout Ohio Pick 'Em", our staff members make selections each week on high school football games in our home state of Ohio. 

 

Whether they be our neighboring schools, big matchups in either the Ohio Capital Conference, Central Catholic League or the Greater Catholic League or just a marquee matchup from somewhere across the state, we at Digital Scout compete for office bragging rights in a cumulative score contest.

 

It is at this time, that we wanted to share this fun with our loyal readers and fans alike. 

 

Our staff will be making their selections soon, and we encourage you to do the same. Leave a comment with your picks, tweet your picks to us, let us know on Facebook which school you’re pulling for. Hashtag #OhioPickEm and mention @DigitalScout to be in the conversation!

 

Let it be known! Show your school pride.

 

Make your picks!

 

Games list:

Wayne vs Centerville Friday, October 31, 7:00

Archbishop McNicholas vs Badin Friday, October 31, 7:00

La Salle vs Elder Friday, October 31, 7:00

St. Xavier (Kentucky) vs St. Xavier (Ohio) Friday, October 31, 7:00

Trinity (Kentucky) vs Moeller Friday, October 31, 7:00

Hillard Darby vs Hilliard Bradley Friday, October 31, 7:30

Bishop Ready vs Bishop Hartley Friday, October 31, 7:30

Cadinal Mooney vs Austintown Fitch Friday, October 31, 7:30

St. Edward vs St. Ignatius Saturday, November 1, 7:00

 

 

Powered by Hess and Kukura, Hornets win Division VI Championship

 

By: Cameron Mellor

December 9, 2013

 

It might have taken a full quarter for the Kirtland offense to get rolling in the Division VI State Championship game, but when they did get on a roll, the Kirtland offense looked like a well-tuned machine. Powered by the legs of Adam Hess and Sam Kukura, the Hornets scored 36 unanswered points on Wayne Trace in the second and third quarters en route to a 44-16 victory and the State Title.

 

For their efforts this past weekend, Kirtland has been selected as the HSGC National Team of the Week.

 

 

“Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of kids,” Kirtland head coach Tiger LaVerde said after the game. “The first quarter (the big plays) didn’t happen. But we were patient and got the big plays we thought eventually would happen.”

 

The game was tight to start as Wayne Trace tied the game 8-8 with an early second quarter touchdown and 2-point conversion. It was behind Hess that the Hornets opened the scoring onslaught as he took a five yard scamper for six points with 7:43 remaining in the second frame.

 

 

Hess scored his second touchdown of the game with 3:03 left in the second and on the ensuing Raider drive, Kirtland held Wayne Trace to a three-and-out, forcing a punt. Kukura would carry the ball on the very next play from scrimmage 69 yards for a touchdown, increasing the Hornet lead to 30-8.

 

“I told the guys that we were going to be able to pop some long plays (out there),” LaVerde said. “It was 22-8, and then 30-8. That last one kind of broke (Wayne Trace’s) spirit a little bit.”

 

Quarterback Sam Skiljan connected on two touchdown tosses in the third quarter before the Kirtland offense was done, hitting Ryan Loncar for 24 yards and Matthew Finkler for 52. Skiljan finished the game 6-of-9 through the air for 135 yards and those two touchdowns. He also added the first score of the game, a 1-yard touchdown run early in the first.

 

In the victory, Loncar set the state record for consecutive starts at any division with his 58th start at free safety and wide receiver over a four-year career at varsity.

 

Kukura finished the game with 194 rushing yards and Hess right on his tail with 174. The Hornet offense outgained Wayne Trace by a combined margin of 586-288, including 406 yards on the ground for Kirtland. The Raiders were held to just 22 yards on the ground.

 

 

The Hornets have now won two of the past three State Championships and were a mere one point away from winning three consecutive after dropping the 2012 title game 10-9 to Coldwater.

 

The kids from Kirtland have something special developing and while will be a force to watch for the 2014 season, you can relive Kirtland’s 2013 success at the following link: http://www.hsgamecenter.com/ohio/school/kirtland-hornets