The Bridge City Cardinals had a much needed week of rest, along with two weeks to prepare for their district opener on the road against the Hardin Jefferson-Hawks (1-4).

The Cardinals posted a 4-1 non-district record, with their only blemish of their record coming from the hands of the state ranked Kirbyville Wildcats.

The Cardinals are over-achievers here are the results of their first five games:

Shepherd         50-0
Vidor               31-13
Kelly               41-13
Kirbyville         31-51
Stafford           36-0

Matt Menard led the Redbirds under center with 531 yards passing. Menard has sixty-nine pass attempts, completing thirty-one of them.  He threw for six touchdowns and three interceptions. Colby Carpenter has four attempts with three completions for thirty-five yards.
The Cardinals have racked up 1358 yards on the ground, led by Hunter Clark. Clark who has seventy-nine carries for 580 yards. Menard has seventy-five carries for 577 yards.

Other Cardinals with rushes:

Cameron Dishon         9 carries           166 yards
Carpenter                   8 carries           16 yards
Tyler Roberts              3 carries           15 yards
Mitchel Hubbard         1-carry             7 yards

The Redbirds have had 566 yards through the air, led by Dishon with sixteen receptions for 304 yards.  Other Cardinals with receptions:

Jason Broussard          8 receptions     89 yards
Hubbard                      2 receptions     64 yards
Carpenter                    3 receptions     53 yards
Roberts                        4 receptions     44 yards
Slate Arnold                1-reception      12 yards

The Cardinal’s defense has really stepped it up this year, with one of the key members being Josh Ozio. Ozio has return two interceptions for touchdowns,  and Carpenter has two interceptions as well.  Broussard, Dishon, Big Cameron Coulter, Zach Cole, Hubbard and Roberts each have one interception apiece. Dillon Trahan led the Cards in sacks with three, while Cole, Dylan Sams, Adam Prosperie, Shane Stankus and Dishon have contributed with one apiece. The Cardinal’s leading tackler is Hubbard with twenty-six, close behind is Ozio and Trahan with twenty-four. The rest of the Cardinal’s leading tacklers are:

Justin Martin               23 tackles
Cole                             19 tackles
Dishon                         17 tackles
Roberts                        16 tackles
Adrian Shubarth         12 tackles
Stankus                       11 tackles
Carpenter                    11 tackles

All three phases on the Cardinal’s team have been putting up good numbers, and playing well. The special teams have been a big part of the Cardinal’s success so far, led by kicker Devin Bertrand. Bertrand has kicked twenty-three extra points, and two field goals. His best kick so far was the one he missed, a 51-yard attempt that hit the up-right post. Bertrand’s kick-offs have been high and consistently around the goal line.  He has recorded five touch-backs. Menard has been handling the punting duties with six punts for an average of 36.67 yards. Menard, Clark, Hubbard, Dishon, and Broussard all have returned kick-offs for the Cards. Menard with seven returns, and a long of forty-five yards. Clark had three returns, with a long of thirty-nine yards, and Hubbard three returns with a long of twenty-three yards. Dishon had one return for seventeen yards, and Broussard one for twelve yards. Dishon has returned three punts, with a long of forty-eight yards. Carpenter has one for nineteen yards, and Broussard one for eight yards.

In the scoring department, Menard leads the way with eleven touchdowns for sixty-six points.

Dishon                        6 touchdowns             36 points
Clark                           5 touchdowns             30 points
Bertrand                     23 extra points
                                   2 field goals                29 points
Ozio                           2 touchdowns             12 points
Carpenter                   1 touchdown
                                   2 point conversion       8 points
Hubbard                     1 touchdown               6 points

The Cardinals are raring to go after a week off. They will travel to Hardin Jefferson Friday night to open up district play. Let’s head to Sour Lake to support the team, band, cheerleader and how about those Strutters? See you at the game.