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West Burlington beats Cardinal on the road

By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Sep 23, 2013

Cardinal was up 18-0 on West Burlington going in to the second quarter.

Cardinal (1-3) was held scoreless the rest of the way. West Burlington was able to put 15 points on the board before halftime, and 22 fourth quarter points from the Falcons resulted in a 44-18 home loss for the Comets.

“Overall, we got off to a perfect start Friday night,” Cardinal head coach Adam Hadenfeldt said. “Our offensive line did a great job of establishing the line of scrimmage, which allowed us to control the ball with our running game. I thought that our interior linemen: Dylan Guiter, Logan Rachford, Brennon Elder and Nate Steele, had really good nights.”

Cardinal’s first-half lead was the product of three rushing touchdowns by Tyler Albert. Albert wound up with 154 yards on the ground and has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of the first four games this season.

“Tyler Albert had another great night offensively,” Hadenfeldt said. “He’s becoming very good at setting up his blocking and then using his athleticism to create extra yards.”

Four turnovers played a huge part in Cardinal’s loss.

“We made strides from last week to this week, but we have to continue to get better,” Hadenfeldt said. “We need to improve our communication defensively, and we need to start taking better care of the football.”

Cardinal travels to Iowa City Regina on Friday. Regina is 4-0 and the closest game it has played so far was a 25-point victory over West Branch.

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