Chippewa Hills, Big Rapids prepare for rivalry battle

Jayden Mason and the Big Rapids Cardinals face a tough test on the road against Chippewa Hills this Friday. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids football team came up short against rival Reed City last week to the tune of a 48-14 loss.

The Cardinals (3-4) are hoping for a better showing Friday night on the road against another rival in Chippewa Hills (5-2).

“They’re another team that we’ve been playing for years,” head coach Mike Selzer said. “You don’t have to sell it. It’s Chip Hills; they’re a good program. We need to keep grinding.”

The two teams have faced each other 52 times dating back to 1967, with Big Rapids leading the all-time series with a 28-24 record. However, the Warriors have had the edge in the series of late, winning the last six matchups.

The Warriors are coming off a 35-6 victory over Central Montcalm and are looking to start another win streak while the Cardinals attempt to reach .500.

Entering Friday’s game, Big Rapids is averaging 25.7 points per game while giving up 24.1 points per game. The Warriors are averaging 33.7 points and 24.7 on defense.

If the Cardinals are going to pull off a win, they’ll have to contain Chippewa Hills’ stable of playmakers including quarterback Cade Schafer, running back David Spedowski, and wide receiver Seth MacKenzie.

Big Rapids has explosive athletes as well, including sought-after recruit Braeden Childress at tight end. Cardinals quarterbacks Aaron Repke and Jayden Mason will be looking to get Childress the ball as well as junior back Dorian Martin and Deion Jones.

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