Cardinals heading to Navasota for long 22-4A road trip

Published 9:53 am Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BRIDGE CITY — A long trip to Navasota awaits the Bridge City Cardinals as they look to end a two-game losing streak in what has been a wild District 10-4A Division I season when they face the Rattlers.

The Cardinals (1-5, 1-2), beset with injuries throughout the season, will look to dig deep when they face the Rattlers (4-4, 2-1).

The Cardinals are coming off a tough 40-15 road loss at Silsbee while the Rattlers blanked Cleveland 24-0 last week.

Bridge City, despite battling the injury bug, fought Silsbee hard and led the Tigers 15-7 before Silsbee was able to reel off 33 unanswered points as Tiger return man Kalon Barnes returned two punts for touchdowns.

The Cardinals have been decimated with injuries to their starting backfield. They’ve already lost Hunter Denton for the season. Max Baker was out last week due to a concussion and starting fullback Andy Lara was out along with Caleb Honeycutt.

The Cardinals received some nice play from a pair of youngsters as Marcus Abrego rushed for a 98-yard touchdown run and Roman Haymon had 53 yards on the ground.

Cardinal quarterback Caleb DuBois tossed a 69-yard touchdown pass to back Logan Hamm and will look to continue to lead a young team that definitely still has a shot to make the playoffs.

The Rattlers .have already doubled their win total from a year ago under second-year head coach Patrick Goodman.

Navasota went 2-9 last year but still finished fourth to make the postseason. The Rattlers were state champions in both 20012 and 2014.

The Rattlers opened 10-4A play with a 54-13 rout of Huffman, before falling to Silsbee at home 39-34.

Navasota got its defense in order last week by blanking the Indians 24-0.

The Rattlers are scoring 34.4 points a game while allowing 21.6.

Senior quarterback Jeb Malek will guide the Navasota offense and has two solid receivers in Lawson Hughlett and Ronnie Jackson as they like to spread things out as they face a Cardinal unit that has allowed 41.5 points a game.

The Cardinals, defending 10-4A champions, will look to win out to make the playoffs again for the third year in a row.

Bridge City will host Huffman next week.