Big Rapids – Senior Night and the end of the season the Big Rapids Cardinals took on another rival and looked to keep the Morley Stanwood Mohawks out of the playoffs.
In the first quarter the Cardinals came out revved up and consistently beat the Mohawks to the point of attack while on defense. Add a 73 yard pass play from QB Hunter Walch to River Dorman that hit pay dirt and that highlighted a dominant quarter that saw the Cardinals lead 7-0 after the first quarter.
The second quarter followed much of the same blueprint as the first. The defense held strong and it was highlighted with a pick by Mekhi Urban as the Mohawks were heading toward the end zone. Offensively the Cardinals were held to not a lot but they were able to get a 39 yard field goal by K Dakota Sanders. The Cardinals played a flawless half and led the Mohawks 10-0 at the half.
With the Cardinals dominating the first half and the Mohawks season on the line, Morley Stanwood started the second half with a strong drive down the field that culminated in a 10 yard run that hit pay dirt cutting Big Rapids lead 10-7. The Cardinals answered back with a strong drive of their own giving the Mohawks a heavy dose of Alex Graham. The drive however stalled in the red zone and they turned the ball over on downs.
After forcing a turnover on downs by the Mohawks, the Cardinals took over with a little under ten minutes left in the game and kept the ball on the ground in an attempt to milk the clock and end the game. They decided to punt the ball with three minutes left giving the Mohawks one last opportunity with eighty plus yards to go.
Morley Stanwood converted a fourth down with a minute and a half left but still had sixty one yards to win the game and reach the playoffs. A forty five yard pass play got the Mohawks to the red zone and another quick pass got them down to the seven yard line. After a Cardinal sack the Mohawks on third and nine ran a fade route to the end zone that was caught giving the Mohawks a 14-10 lead with 47 seconds left in the game.
The Cardinals returned the kickoff to the thirty seven and after trading penalties with the Mohawks got a big pass play to get them into Morley Stanwood territory. A couple incomplete passes later set Big Rapids up with fourth and ten and nineteen seconds left. Walch scrambled to the Cardinal sideline on the right and found River Dorman to get the ball to the red zone and twelve seconds left. Walch threw his next ball to the pylon as he had a one on one matchup, unfortunately for the Cardinals it was intercepted ending the game in a thriller sending Morley Stanwood into the playoffs.