Big Rapids hope to bounce back from loss to Tri County

Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer works with his players during a practice. (Pioneer file photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids will prepare for its home football opener on Friday as the Cardinals hope to bounce back from a disappointing 26-21 loss to Tri County on Thursday in the Central State Activities Association opener for both teams.

The Cardinals were down 20-8 at halftime and outscored the Vikings 13-6 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

“I thought Tri County played a pretty good game with their toss and trap (on offense) and we didn’t play a very good game ourselves,” Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer said. “We were a little bit complacent and maybe looked past them a little bit. I thought their kids were well. Their (toss and trap) were the two big plays they were able to get established on us.”

Quarterback Jayden Mason completed 11 of 20  passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 10 times for 65 yards. Jace Gray had six catches for 78 yards and one touchdown, and Dorian Martin had three catches for 35 yards and a score.

Elliott Blair and Adam Bollman had 10 tackles apiece to lead the Cardinals.

“I thought Jace Gray and Logan Young had good games,” Selzer said. “Elliott Blair and Adam Bollman played well on defense. We got behind the sticks a few times and were down late, and our offense isn’t designed to make big comebacks. It’s designed to grind and stay head of the game. We got behind a couple of times and that hurt us.”

Big Rapids plays Fremont on Friday.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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