Big Rapids Runs Wild In Lion Country
By N3 Sports Team
The Cardinals caged the Lion offense in the second half while putting up 23 points to grab the CSAA Gold contest on Newaygo’s home field Friday night.
“We played well we just gave up too many big plays,” said Lion Head Coach Andy Busch. “Our kids are gritty and tough but...
...Big Rapids has some athletes and when those fast kids get in space we had a hard time keeping up with them.”
The Cardinal running game rolled up 337 yards on the ground in securing their second straight win after opening the season with three losses.
Cooper Heinzman averaged 7 yards a carry for the hosts, finding the endzone twice and piling up 77 yards while quarterback Dalton Jones ran one in and tossed a 22 yard scoring strike to Cam Emelander for another. Jones finished with 66 yards rushing and led the team in tackles from the safety position collecting a half dozen. Andrew Goodin added 5 more tackles at linebacker.
“We are a young team starting only two seniors, one is a first year kid the other has moved from running back to guard so much of the game is still new and fast for our guys, “added Coach Busch. “However, I honestly feel that we are getting better with each game and each practice. The future is bright for us we are just doing the work and building that bank of experiences and knowledge that it takes to win tough games down the road. “
The Lions are now 1-4 and 1-2 in conference play. They will host Fremont Friday in their homecoming game. The Packers are 0-5 on the season.
Chippewa Hills 35 Grant 7
Reed City 55 Tri County 0
Central Montcalm 22 Fremont 15
Reed City and Chippewa Hills share the top spot in the Gold with 4-0 records. The two teams, both 5-0 this year, will face each other Friday to see who claims the early top spot in the standings and secures a playoff berth. Big Rapids, Grant and Tri County are 2-2 in the league with Central Montcalm and Newaygo, each posting 1-3 conference records and Fremont at 0-4.