Cardinal running game wears down Cleveland

Published 10:57 pm Friday, October 13, 2017

CLEVELAND — The Bridge City Cardinals found their groove Friday night, notching their first win of the season and more importantly opening up District 10-4A Division I action with a huge 34-22 road victory over the Cleveland Indians.

The Cardinals (1-3, 1-0) found their vaunted running game again after tough non-district losses against state powers West Orange-Stark and Newton along with Jasper as their young offensive line helped pave the way.

Cardinal quarterback Caleb DuBois found the end zone twice on runs as did tailback Max Baker. Fullback Alex Lara came back healthy and found the end zone as well against the Indians (2-3, 0-1).

The Indians actually got on the scoreboard first when Dylan Reeves, who scored all three of the Indian touchdowns, broke loose on a 65-yard touchdown gallop.

After that, the Cardinals exploded with two long plays.

DuBois got the Cardinals even when the senior scooted 49 yards for a score.

Baker then found his groove as he scurried through the Cleveland defense for a 70-yard touchdown gallop.

Lara eventually put the Cardinals ahead when he found paydirt from two yards out to put Bridge City up 21-7.

Reeves got the Indians right back in it when he scored on a two-yard sneak.

However, it was the Cardinal offense front and the legs of DuBois and Baker that put the Cardinals up for good.

DuBois scored his second TD from a yard out.

Baker then put the Cardinals up 34-14 when he burned through the Cleveland secondary for a 20-yard jaunt to the end zone.

Reeves finished up the scoring when he went into the end zone from five yards out.

The Cardinals will host Little Cypress-Mauriceville next week in a big 10-4A showdown while Cleveland will look to regroup at Huffman.