The Bridge City Cardinals fantastic season ended at the hands of the Coldspring Trojans with a score of 7-0. The Cardinals finished the year at 8-3 overall with a 4-1 district record. This year’s team gave us a lot of memories that we will never forget. It was a nice ride.

Webster defines defense as: tactics and strategy of defending against attack, resistance against attack, to drive danger or attack away from, to take action against attack or challenge, and to attempt to prevent an opponent from scoring. That is exactly what the Bridge City defense did Saturday night against Coldspring. Enough credit cannot be given to them, and if you were not at the game, you just can’t understand how good they played. Series after series, play after play, that is what the Cardinals did. It was an upsetting loss for sure, but the fans could not have been more proud of the Cardinals.

The first quarter ended with the score 0-0. On a 4th and 4 with the ball on the 18, the Cardinals made their first big stop of the game, led by Zach Cole. The only score of the game, came on one big play by the Trojans. In the second quarter, running back Sherman Gilbert took the ball around the end for a 72 yard TD run. That came with 11:06 left in the half. The Cardinals second big stop of the game came on a 4th and goal at the 3 yard line. Dillon Trahan and a host of Cards stopped that scoring threat. Just before the half Matt Menard threw a long pass to Cameron Dishon who battled with the defender and came away with the ball, but the referee said the defender was down and gave the ball to Coldspring. With that, the half ended and the teams went in to make their adjustments.

Much of the same in the second half, great defense both ways. Bridge City was in a hole and punting from their 19 yard line. Sure to give the Trojans good field position, but Matt Menard chose to hit one of his best punts of the year. The ball rested on the 16 yard line when it stopped, a 65 yard punt! In the fourth quarter, Coldsprings faced a 4th and 1 with the ball on their 39 yard line. They went for it and the chains had to be brought out for a measurement to show they made it by about an inch! The drive still ended in a punt. With the Trojans on the march again, it came down to another fourth down play. This time a 4th and 1 at the 16 yard line. Another big stop from the Cardinals led again by Dillon Trahan and a host of Cardinals was made. There was one more big stop in the game, this time it was 4th and 4 on the 18 yard line, but the Trojans decided not to test the defense again and try for a field goal, which they missed. The clock finally ran out on a game that you wish would keep going.

The Bridge City Cardinals exciting season came to an end Saturday in Barbers Hill. It took the #3 ranked team in the state to do it. The Coldspring Trojans are mighty glad they got out of the stadium with a win. It was definitely their strongest test of the year so far.

This year’s class of Cardinals will be missed in all aspects. As this chapter ends and another one begins for all who was involved, I speak for the parents and fans. THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! It was fun. Congratulations to Coach Stump and his staff, players, the best band in the district, the wonderful cheerleaders and all who were involved. A special thanks to Coach Laird for the stats and how about those STRUTTERS!