"We have little maturity and we're very inexperienced," Boeh said. "These are the kind of growing pains this team is going to go through."
The Cyclones (1-2) gave up an eight-point fourth quarter lead and lost 20-14 in overtime to the Braves (3-0) at Steve Grogan Field in Ottawa.
In overtime, Ottawa had a first down at the five-yard line after a pass interference call, but could manage just one yard in three rushing attempts before quarterback Gabe Sheffield was sacked on fourth down.
Earlier, Bonner Springs fullback Josh Bosley ran for a one-yard touchdown on fourth down in overtime to give his team a six point lead. The Cyclones blocked the extra point.
"I guess it's tougher to lose a game like this in overtime instead of a regular game," wide receiver/defensive end Isaac Templeton said. "But it's a lot of harder because we had a chance to win."
Ottawa led late in the fourth quarter, but Bonner Springs put together a 85-yard drive using 6:30 of clock that culminated with a 16-yard touchdown catch by Chris Cobbins and two-point conversion to forge a tie.
The TD catch was the only pass in the 13-play drive. Fullback Josh Bosley ran the ball eight times for 48 yards and halfback Greg Forshey ran three times for 23 yards.
"They took it to us," Boeh said. "That drive in the fourth quarter killed us. They ran a lot of the power up the middle. They forced us to stop it but we couldn't and they kept coming at us."
Bonner Springs rushed for 202 yards on 27 carries, but the Cyclones' defense came up with a big goal-line stand with less than two minutes remaining.
Bonner Springs cornerback Adam Sullivan intercepted a would-be screen pass at the Ottawa 13-yard line, but the Braves -- in 13 plays -- could not put any points on the scoreboard.
Bonner Springs had first and goal on the three-yard line, but on fourth down was just one yard closer to the end zone. An illegal procedure penalty later and Braves' kicker Chad Vandenberg found himself attempting a 24-yard field goal.
Three Cyclone defenders broke through the line and blocked the kick.
"That stop could have been the difference for us," Templeton said. "You do something like that and the momentum swings your way, but we couldn't get anything done."
Ottawa travels to Kansas City Turner next Friday.
Bonner Springs 20, Ottawa 14
Bonner 6 0 0 8 6 -- 20
Ottawa 0 7 7 0 0 -- 14
B -- Kenny Mack 59 run (kick blocked).
O -- Brent Miller 13 pass from Gabe Sheffield (Sheffield kick).
O -- Anthony Ingram 1 run (Sheffield kick).
B -- Chris Cobbins 16 pass from Tommy Gardner (Gardner run).
B -- Josh Bosley 1 run (kick blocked).