SPORTS HEADLINES

‘Jackets score early, often enough

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, October 26, 2013

After a bye week, it didn’t take Fino Cardona long to knock the rust off.

Less than 50 seconds into the Boyd Yellowjackets’ game at Ponder, the hard-running senior broke through the Lions’ line for a 54-yard touchdown run. Nathan Thomas’ kick made it 7-0 and the ‘Jackets (3-4, 3-1) never looked back.

Cardona scored again with 2:18 to play, capping a drive with a 1-yard dive and a 14-point lead.

Ponder (2-7, 0-5) answered when running back Trey Dunlap bulldozed in from three yards out with less than a minute left in the period.

But the Yellowjackets stormed right back. Cardona notched his third touchdown of the night just four seconds into the second quarter on a four-yard run.

Ponder still made it interesting. Quarterback Brady Anderson, playing in the secondary on defense, picked off a pass from Clay Barnett and Ponder had the ball on their own 29.

But a drive stalled when Boyd’s Sequoia Smith sacked Anderson on fourth down at the Boyd 42.

Cardona rumbled to paydirt again, this time from 10 yards out, midway through the third quarter to put Boyd up 27-7.

The game went back-and-forth as both teams’ defenses rose up to stop drives, until Cardona notched his fifth touchdown with 7:10 to play in the game, a 13-yard run that made it 33-7.

Ponder’s Christian Worthington scored a touchdown on a 20-yard run as time expired.

Cardona carried 25 times for the ‘Jackets, gaining 191 yards and scoring five times. Barnett was 3-of-6 passing for 87 yards, but had two picked off. Cozby made two of the three Boyd catches for 60 yards.

Ponder’s Anderson completed five of his 13 passes for 101 yards, and Dunlap ran for 52 yards on 14 carries. Worthington caught one pass, a 65-yarder.

Nine penalties cost the Lions 77 yards, while Boyd was penalized only four times for 35 yards.

The ‘Jackets will host Paradise Friday, then end the regular season on the road Nov. 8 against Whitesboro, working to stay sharp with a playoff berth locked up.

BOYD 41, PONDER 27

Ponder … 7 … 0 … 0 … … 7 … – … 14
Boyd … 14 … 7 … 6 … … 6 … – … 33

FIRST QUARTER

Boyd 11:11 – Fino Cardona 54 yd run, Thomas kick.
Boyd 2:18 – Cardona 1 run. Thomas kick.
Ponder :53 – Trey Dunlap 3 yd. Jose Deleon kick.

SECOND QUARTER

Boyd 11:56 – Cardona 2 yd. Thomas kick.

THIRD QUARTER

Boyd 6:32 – Cardona 10 yd. PAT failed.

FOURTH QUARTER

Boyd 7:10 – Cardona 13 yd. PAT failed.
Ponder 0:00 – Worthington 20 run. Jose Deleon kick.

BOYD … PONDER

First Downs … 13 … 7
Rushes-Yards … 37-218 … 37-130
Passing Yards … 87 … 101
Total Yards … 285 … 231
Comp-Att-Int … 3-6-2 … 5-13-0
Punts-Avg. … 3-34 … 4-38
Fumbles-lost … 1-1 … 0-0
Penalties … 4-35 … 9-77

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Boyd, Cardona 25-191.
Receiving – Boyd, Austin Cozby 2-60.
Passing – Boyd, Clay Barnett 3-6-2-87.

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