Cardinals beat Hornets 36-14 in annual Homecoming game

Big Rapids lineman Matt Zeilinger (58) chases down quarterback Andrew Johnson (10) during Friday’s game. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — It took the Big Rapids football team longer to get settled in than head coach Mike Selzer would’ve liked, but the Cardinals used a 24-point second quarter to pull away for a 36-14 Homecoming win over Central Montcalm on Friday.

Senior quarterback Jayden Mason led the way for the Cardinals with 10 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns and completed 2 of 6 passes for 27 yards in windy conditions. Elliott Blair had two carries for 4 yards and one touchdown.

Teague Sanders had 184 yards and 29 carries for Central Montcalm.

After going down 8-0 in the first quarter, the Cardinals outscored the Hornets 24-0 in the second quarter capped off by a Mason touchdown run. Senior Dorian Martin had a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter and Mason added another touchdown run to finish Big Rapid’s scoring.

Blair led the team with 14 tackles (2 for loss) and Adam Bollman had 10 tackles (3 for loss), while Thomas Lobert added nine tackles (2 for loss). Isaac Lobert had seven tackles and one sack and Dorian Martin had three tackles and a pick-six on defense.

The Cardinals move to 3-2 (2-2) and will face rival Reed City (5-0, 4-0) next week in Reed City.

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