BOONE - A huge edge in the trenches was the difference for Ballard against No. 7 (Class 3A) Boone in a Class 3A District 2 battle Friday at Boone.
The Bombers completely controlled the line of scrimmage to overpower the Toreadors and earn an impressive 28-7 victory.
“Great team win,” Ballard head football coach Al Christian said. “(The) guys prepared all week to win and came into the game believing they would win.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Boone drew first blood when quarterback Mason Hulse found the end zone on a 22-yard run less than three minutes into the second quarter.
From then on it was all Ballard.
The Bombers took a 13-7 lead at the half. Isaac Schafbuch had a 43-yard touchdown run and Gavin Hobbs finished off a scoring drive with a 2-yard scoring tote to put Ballard in front at the break.
Ballard continued to enforce its will in the third quarter. Schafbuch had two big touchdown runs from 23 and 59 yards out to break the game open.
Brendan Vincent capped the scoring with a 30-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.
For the game, Ballard battered the Boone defense for 451 yards, including 361 on the ground. The Bomber defense was even more impressive, limiting the Toreadors to just 29 rushing yards on 19 attempts and 129 total yards.
Schafbuch was outstanding as a dual-threat quarterback for Ballard. He ran for a game-high 136 yards on 15 carries and also completed 4 of 6 passes for 90 yards.
Reece Huen came up big running and receiving for the Bombers. Huen ran for 65 yards on nine carries and made two catches for 60 yards.
Skyler Noftsger added 88 yards rushing on 20 carries. Hobbs and Blake Henga both ran for 36 yards and Kegan Odden made one catch for 28 yards.
Ben Lee led Ballard’s phenomenal defensive effort with 10 tackles. Gannon Manfull added seven stops, Henga six, Joe Hofbauer and Ben Hokel five apiece and Blake Hughes four.
The victory put Ballard at 3-4 overall and 3-2 in 3A District 6. The Bombers host Gilbert (2-5, 2-3) in their final home game of the season this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Huxley.
Boone fell to 6-1 and 4-1 respectively. Hulse completed 12 of 26 passes for 100 yards and ran for 17 and he also made 13 tackles on defense.
Ballard 28, Boone 7
B 0 13 12 3 - 28
Bo 0 7 0 0 - 7
Bo - Mason Hulse 22 run (Jackson Smith kick), 9:28.
B - Isaac Schafbuch 43 run (Brendan Vincent kick), 7:06.
B - Gavin Hobbs 2 run (kick failed), 1:04.
B - Schafbuch 23 run (kick failed), 8:22.
B - Schafbuch 59 run (2-point conversion failed), 2:11.
B - Vincent 30 FG, 6:00.
Team statistics B Bo
Rushes-yards 59-361 19-29
Passing 4-6-0 12-26-0
Passing yards 90 100
Total yards 451 129
Fumbles lost 1 0
Punts-average 2-35.0 5-33.6
Rushing: B - Isaac Schafbuch 15-136, Skyler Noftsger 20-88, Reece Huen 9-65, Gavin Hobbs 9-36, Blake Henga 6-36. Bo - Hulse 16-17, Jake Lewis 2-8, Tyler Casotti 1-4.
Passing: B - Schafbuch 4-6-0-90. Bo - Hulse 12-26-0-100.
Receiving: B - Huen 2-60, Kegan Odden 1-28, Hobbs 1-2. Bo - Norbert Riyazimana 2-34, Casott 3-24, Dresden Wilson 3-19, John Imerman 2-13, Jon Herrick 2-10.
Tackles: B - Lee 10, Manfull 7, Henga 6, Joe Hofbauer 5, Ben Hokel 5. Bo - Hulse 13, Casotti 8, Spencer Turner 8, Imerman 6.5.
Fumble recoveries: Bo - Imerman.