The Cardinals fell to 1-1 in the young season after a wet and windy night in Vidor. The Vidor Pirates used 242 yards of total offense to take down the Cardinals, 21-6, with 219 of those yards on the ground. The Cardinals will try and bounce back this Friday as they host the Kelly Bulldogs in their home opener.

The Pirates scored on their first two possessions in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead. With 3:50 left in the second quarter, the Cardinals inched back in the game with a eight yard run by quarterback Matt Menard. With a bad snap on the point after, the Cardinals cut into the lead 14-6, which was the score when the teams headed into the locker room for the break.

The Cardinals had their chances in the second half. Adrian Schubarth had a nice return on the opening kickoff of the second half, but the drive stalled and ended in a punt. On Vidor’s first possession of the second half, Josh Henry recovered a fumble to give the Cardinals back the ball. The Cardinals marched down the field, and Menard scored from twelve yards out, only to see it come back because of a holding call. That drive went over on downs at the eighteen yard line.

Vidor then took over and put together an 82 yard scoring drive to take a 21-6 lead. Mitchel Hubbard then had another nice kickoff return for the Cardinals, but that drive also went back to Vidor on downs. In the fourth quarter Cameron Coulter jumped on a Vidor fumble to give the Cardinals another chance, his second recovery in two games, but in the wet and windy weather, the Cardinals could not get anything going. Vidor, with their effective running offense, ran out the clock out for a 21-6 victory.

Hunter Clark led the Cardinals in rushing with 46 yards on eight carries. Cameron Dishon and Tyler Roberts both had 15 yards rushing, Dishon with nine carries and Roberts with one.

Menard had a tough night with eighteen carries for -17 yards. Menard had 46 yards passing on thirteen attempts and one interception. Dishon had one pass attempt for 4 yards. Roberts led in the receiving yards with three catches for 20 yards. Both Dishon and Tanner Cervenka had one catch for 13 yards, and Keaton Langston had a catch for 4 yards.

Come on out and back the Cardinalsin their home opener Friday, game time is slated for 7:30 PM.

The weather did not keep the cheerleaders, band, or Strutters away. The cheerleaders toughed it out all night long, while the band was able to stay until after halftime. No halftime show at the game because of the weather, but it was still good to hear them play, and how about those STRUTTERS?