Friday night the Cards take on the Kelly Bulldogs in Beaumont to see if they can take three wins in a row.

The Cardinals were once again impressive with their 31-13 rout of the Vidor Pirates Friday night. It did not take the Cardinals long to begin firing on all cylinders. They hit the ground running with the opening kickoff and never looked back for the rest of the game. Matt Menard took the kickoff back 45 yards to the Pirates’ 41 yard line. The Cardinals capitalized four plays later on a Hunter Clark 25 yard rush. The point after by Devin Bertrand accounted for the Cardinal’s first seven points. BC’s defense stymied the Pirates’ attempt to answer the Cardinal’s score. When BC reclaimed the ball, Menard threw an impressive 31 yard strike to Cameron Dishon on fourth down to increase the Cardinal’s lead to 14-0 after Bertrand added the PAT. Bridge City would not look back for the rest of the game. Vidor’s running attack proved to be overmatched, not only by the Cardinals’ stingy defense, but their prolific running and passing attack on offense.

The last ten seconds of the first half proved to be dramatic. Bridge City was leading 14-7 when they stopped the Pirates and reclaimed the ball. With ten seconds left in the half,

Menard found his favorite target, Dishon, down the middle of the field for a connection that landed the Cardinals on the 10-yard line. However, the clock was still showing 10 seconds left in the half. After Bridge City’s placekicker, Bertrand, split the uprights, the refs called the half with the Cardinals ahead 17-7. The end of the half did not settle to well with the Vidor coaching staff. The halftime ruckus did not prove to be a difference in the game. The Cardinals continued their dominance on both sides of the ball through the second half.

Every time the Pirates threatened to try to crawl back into the game the Cardinal’s defense stepped up in a huge way. One interception was by Mitchel Hubbard on one of the few pass attempts, the clock-controlling run-oriented Pirate offense attempted, to stop the threat. The final blow to the Pirates came from Josh Ozio. Ozio picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown, his second time to do that in this young season.

Menard ran for 119 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He also added 132 yards and a touchdown through the air with an 8-13 night passing. Dishon was the leading receiver with 105 yards, and he was on the receiving end of Menard’s td pass. Dishon also had one carry for nine yards. Clark added 51 yards on 12 carries. Jason Brossard had two catches for 19 yards, and Tyler Roberts had one catch for 8 yards.

The game added some things that did not get recorded on the stat sheet. There were three tackles made. The umpire was taken out twice and Hubbard, while having several impressive hits, took out Coach Cris Stump on the home sideline. So if you see him on the bench you will know why. To go along with Dishon’s impressive night receiving, Coach Josh Smalley had a fantastic one-handed catch on the side-line in the fourth quarter. Now we know where Bridge City’s receivers get their sure hands from.

The band once again put on an impressive halftime show, including a fan pleasing third quarter exhibition with the cheerleaders. And how about those Strutters? All of the performers put on a show for a packed Larry Ward Stadium. Let’s all keep packing the house for the Cardinals and travel with them to Beaumont to take on the Bulldogs.