Big Rapids football looking for third straight win as Newaygo visits for homecoming

Big Rapids quarterback Aaron Repke (9) and tight end Braeden Childress (8) talk with head coach Mike Selzer during a recent game. (PIoneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — It’s homecoming week at Big Rapids High School and the football team looks to make it a memorable one when it hosts Newaygo in the annual Homecoming Game.

The Cardinals enter Friday’s game at 2-2, having won two consecutive games including last week’s 55-21 win over Fremont. The Lions of Newaygo are also 2-2 on the season. After losing to Reed City 24-12 in week two and to Chippewa Hills 34-19 in week three, the Lions are coming off a 42-0 victory over Central Montcalm.

“They (Newaygo) are on a roll as well,” Big Rapids head coach Mike Selzer said. “Their two losses are to Reed City and Chippewa Hills and they beat Central Montcalm. So we’ll be facing a quality team that is much improved over last season’s team.”

After last week’s 55-point effort on offense, the Cardinals are averaging 26 points per contest and the defense is holding opponents to 21.75 points. Meanwhile, the Lions are averaging 28.75 points per game this season while giving up 19.75 points. Containing Newaygo’s offense will pose a challenge.

“They have athletes at all five skill positions,” Selzer said. “They also have athletic offensive lineman. They run their zone option well and are a well-rounded ball club.”

The Cardinals are hoping to carry the momentum of a two-game winning streak into Top Taggart Field and pick up where it left off last week.

“We got off to a quick start last week and were able to keep it going,” Selzer said. “We hope to start out that fast tomorrow as well.”

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