Big Rapids’ offense rolling ahead of Grant matchup

Jayden Mason and the Big Rapids Cardinals look to beat Grant on Friday. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids football team has been scoring points in bunches.

The Cardinals have tallied 242 points (34.6 per game) thru seven games — three more points than last season’s point total and six more points than the 2015 outfit had during its 11-game playoff run. If the season ended today, the 2018 Cardinals would have the school’s sixth-highest point total dating back to 1950.

“The seniors in this group were freshmen when we installed our system on offense,” head coach Mike Selzer said. “I think having four years of the same coaching goes a long way. Having some athletic skill position kids helps, too. Returning five offensive linemen —three of whom are seniors — also doesn’t hurt.”

Offensive line starters DJ Greenbay, Jacob Alber, Matt Zeilinger, Tom, Lobert, Issac Lobert, and backup lineman Hunter Cobb have allowed quarterback Jayden Mason to put the offense in position to score points. The Cardinals are averaging 338 yards of offense — 244 of those yards coming from the rushing game.

“Our offensive line has played well,” Selzer said. “Hunter Cobb has done a great job of filling in for DJ when he was out with an injury. They don’t get their names in the paper often, but they’ve done an outstanding job. Our linebacker group has been great as well.”

The offense will need to be humming if the Cardinals hope to defeat a 4-3 Grant squad that’s giving up 20.3 points per game against conference opponents. At 4-3, Big Rapids needs to win its last two games to clinch an outright playoff berth.

“They run a 3-5 defense and they’ve played everyone pretty tough defensively,” Selzer said. “They have some good size up front and don’t give up big plays. It will be a test for us.”

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