The Bridge City Cardinals got back on track with a 20-7 win over the Kelly Bulldogs. The Cardinals will try to stay on the winning track this Friday, as they host the Kirbyville Wildcats, game time at 7:00 pm.

The Cardinals took a 7-0 lead over Kelly after a scoreless first quarter with a five yard run by Hunter Clark and the point after from Daniel Faulk with 10:39 left in the second quarter. It was a nice 71 yard drive made possible by a big hit from Tanner Cervenka, who jarred the ball loose, allowing Jason Tran to recover the fumble.

The Card’s made it 14-0 after another turnover from the Bulldogs, this time Dillion Trahan came up with the lose football. On a fourth and twelve, Matt Menard hit Cameron Dishon for a 39 yard strike for six points with 9:17 left in the half, Faulk adding his point after, making the score 14-0 when the teams headed in for the break. The Cardinals did a nice job capitalizing on the Bulldog’s turnovers in the first half.

The Redbirds scored their final points with 4:57 left in the third quarter, yet after another turnover from Kelly. Dishon had a 39 yard pick six. Faulk’s extra point try hit the up-right, bringing the score to 20-0. The Bulldogs scored their only points of the game with a nice 64 yard run that, with the PAT, brought the score to 20-7 with 4:34 left in the third quarter.

The rest of the third and fourth quarter played out with no one crossing the goal line. Kelly tried to get back into the game, but the Cardinal defense stiffened up. Hunter Wools had a big sac for a huge loss in the third quarter and Tyler Roberts picked off another Bulldog pass in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals put up 296 yards of total offense, led by Menard with 81 rushing yards on 18 carries. Menard also threw for 138 yards, on 19 attempts, completing 10. Clark had 75 yards on 14 carries and Dishon had 7 yards on 5 carries. Dishon led in the receiving yards with 78 yards on 4 catches. Mitchel Hubbard had one catch for 26 yards. Roberts and Cervanka each had 17 yards, with Roberts hauling in 4 passes and Cervanka with one.

It was a great night for football. The weather was wonderful, just like the band and cheerleaders, and how about those STRUTTERS?