Two In The Books! WC 29 Baldwin 16
By N3 Sports Team
Photos By Tricia Crawford Kaiser -TK Photography
The Cloud battled their way to win number two on the season with a hard fought victory over the Baldwin Panthers.
It marked the first time since 2007 that the Indians were able to put more than a 1 in the win column and could mark a turning point in the football fortunes of Head Coach Dan Ruthven’s team who will visit Hart (1-7) Friday to try to add to that total.
“Going into this season we thought...
...we could move the program based on talent and the hard work the kids were putting into it,” said Coach Ruthven.
And the program has stayed the course through some rough times. Three shutout losses to the league powerhouses after their win over the Rebels of Lee preceded a heartbreaking loss to the Red Devils. Follow this with being shut out on homecoming by long time rival Morley and other teams might have been taken down for the count.
But they are, after all, White Cloud and this team like others before them to wear the orange and black have no quit in them. Dan Ruthven’s squad pulled it together and took advantage of the talent he has been talking about all season to post a second win on the season. Winning 2 games may not mean much to programs who perennially make a run at the postseason, but to a school that just 6 years ago failed to field a team and won just 3 games the 5 seasons that followed it is huge.
“The defense stepped up their game,” said Coach Ruthven. “We intercepted the ball four times and returned two for scores. One by Darrion Holland and the other by Connor Maring plus we forced a couple fumbles. Overall the defense played probably their best game from start to finish.”
“Gabe Becker and Alex Doke each had really solid games in rushing. The offensive line did a good job blocking but we have room for improvement. “
And that has been the mantra of this team all season. Always looking for that improvement and believing in themselves.
The Cloud won’t be competing in the tournament this season. They have only punched a postseason ticket once in 30 seasons and that was in 2003. But this team has set the bar a bit higher for their successors and there is a lot of youthful talent on the field for the Indians these days.
It’s a program that bears watching in the coming seasons and that elusive playoff bid might just be a bit closer than one could imagine a few years back.
“I am proud of what the team did tonight, “ said the Indian mentor.
Back at you, Coach.