Fino Cardona’s first carry Saturday night in the Oil Bowl ended like 64 of his rushes during his record-setting career at Boyd – in the end zone.
Cardona scored from 21 yards out with 7:33 left in the third quarter of the West team’s 28-0 win in the 2014 Oil Bowl Classic at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium.
“They handed me off the ball and a lineman broke through the line. I stiff-armed him and then broke down the sideline, untouched,” Cardona said.
The recent Boyd graduate carried the ball three times for 38 yards, finishing as his team’s third leading rusher. Carlos Fleeks of Wichita Falls Rider led all rushers with 98 yards on 10 attempts with a touchdown. Fleeks was the game’s Offensive MVP.
Cardona, who ran for a school-best 4,641 yards and 64 touchdowns over three seasons for the Yellowjackets, was thrilled to be back on the field.
“It felt amazing. It was awesome to play again,” Cardona said. “I felt I could hang with all of them.”
Cardona entered the all-star game hoping to land a spot on a college roster in the fall. He said he will go to McMurry University in Abilene Friday for a visit.
“I talked with them before I went,” Cardona said.
Mainly, Cardona wants a chance to stay on the field.
“I love the feeling and the competitiveness,” he said.
A pair of Northwest Texans – lineman Kris Key and cornerback and running back Dennis Adrole – also saw action for the West squad. Adrole carried the ball four times for 21 yards.