MIDLAND – The Cardinals started with the ball on their own 35-yard line. Struggling to move the ball they faced 4th and 1 at their 44-yard line when Jacob Gorsuch moved to running back and picked up 25 yards on his first carry. Another good run by Gorsuch put the Cardinals in scoring range, 1st and 10 from Bullock Creek’s 18-yard line. The Cardinals would eventually turn it over on downs.
“That Dude”, Cole Hitsman and the Cardinal defense took the field and Trevor Huechert forced a fumble on the first play, recovered by Logan Curtis, giving the Cardinals the ball on the Lancer’s 8-yard line. Landyn Hanel took the first carry of the series to the end zone. Ryan Livingston then hit Curtis in the back of the end zone for the 2 point conversion, giving the Cardinals the early 8-0 lead.
On the second play of the Lancer’s second drive, David Tebedo pressured the quarterback with a hand in the face, leading to a great interception by Calvin Dipzinski.
The Cardinal offense took the field in good field position again but a three and out gave the ball back to the Lancers. A quick 3 and out for the Lancers gave the ball back to the Cardinals at their own 48-yard line after a good punt return by Dipzinski.
The Cardinal offense quickly moved the ball down the field on a big run by Livingston that set them up just outside the 10-yard line. Hanel carried the ball from there to the end zone for his second touchdown. The Cardinals failed to get the 2 point conversion, 14-0 Cardinals.
With great coverage in the secondary and pressure from the defensive line, the Lancers were forced to punt after another 3 and out.
The Cardinals started on their 40-yard line, and a quick 25-yard reception by Hanel and a penalty left the Cardinals at midfield. Livingston picked up a big run to move the Cardinals inside the Lancer 20 yard line behind the great blocking by Jason Loomis, Hayden Holmes, Buddy Murray, Gorsuch, and Avery Barron. On second and 1, Livingston found Curtis for the 11 yard touchdown reception. The 2 point attempt was unsuccessful making the score 20-0, Millington.
Jared Legue recovered the onside kick setting the Cards up on the 50 yard line. On the first play, Livingston found Logan Curtis again for a 47-yard reception down to the 3-yard line. Livingston took the next play to the end zone on a quarterback keeper. Livingston then hit Curtis in the back of the end zone for the 2 point conversion. The Cardinals lead 28-0.
After another Lancer 3 and out, the cardinals started their drive from their own 45. Dipzinski picked up 15 on a wide receiver screen and Hanel picked up 10 on a strong run. With the ball on the 30 yard line and time running out the Cardinals executed the double pass from Livingston to Austin Kirby, and then Kirby threw the 30 yard pass to Curtis for the touchdown. Livingston then found Andrew Hoard on a quick slant for the 2 point conversion. 36-0 Cardinals after a 28 point second quarter.
The Lancers started the half with the ball but only went backward off of a huge sack by Trevor Huechert and great pressure from the D-line of Curtis, Hitsman, Kadyn LaChapelle, and Huechert. They were forced to punt after another 3 and out.
Kirby led the Cardinals offense onto the field to start the second half and they picked up right where they left off. Kirby and Huechert both had good runs moving the ball up near midfield. Hanel then broke off a big run of nearly 30 yards. With great blocking by the offensive line and Hanel setting the edge with a nice block for a pitch to Huechert and an 18 yard gain, the Cardinals were first and goal from the 2. A few plays later Huechert got the toss again and scored the touchdown. Kirby attempted the extra point and missed barely right of the upright. 42-0 Cardinals
The Lancers would finally score on their next drive with a 63-yard touchdown run by their new quarterback on the first play of the drive. They would also pick up the 2 point conversion. 42-8 Cardinals.
LaChapelle started things off for the Cardinal offense picking up nearly 40 yards on 3 carries. Murray, Tebedo, and Connor “Smores” Sirmons would all have a chance to run the ball and pick up good yardage on each carry. The Cardinals would be forced to kick the 23-yard field goal and Kirby would be successful on the attempt from the left hash. 45-8 Millington
Excellent Defense including a big sack by Tebedo and a first down saving tackle by Hitsman left the Lancers in a 4th and long which they were unable to convert. The Cardinal offense was able to take the field for the final time in Victory Formation. The Cardinals with the final score of 45-8 improve their record to 4-1. The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 144-14 over their last three games, and 167-26 on the season. Their overall record is 4-1 and they are 4-0 in conference play. The Cardinals will be at Home Thursday, October 3rd to take on Nouvel Catholic Central at 6:00 PM.