We’re already in week two, and Coach Cris Stump has a problem on his hands this Friday. After starting off the season with a loss last week (35-12) when his team faced the Newton Eagles, At 7 p..m. on Sept. 7 the Bridge City Cardinals will host Vidor.

If you got a chance to see the what the Pirates did to Santa Fe, you know Coach Stump has plenty of reasons to be concerned. Last Friday, the Pirates tore the Santa Fe Indians apart. The offense dominated on the ground, rushing for 381 yards collectively.

Justin Moore lead the way running, accounting for 142 yards in ten attempts by himself. The Pirates had three other running backs with 50+ yards, and you can bet Coach Jeff Matthews plans on bringing more of that pain when they come to town.

The Cardinals are going to need to address a few defensive issues through the week as the Eagles managed to exploit the Cards’ on the ground to the tune of 243 yards on 42 attempts. Coach Stump’s squad allowed 15 first downs through the span of the game and Newton never really had to go away from their run game.

“There’s a reason they’re ranked #2,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of talent, but we made some mistakes, we played hard and now we’re moving onto Vidor.”

When asked about adjustments on defense, to counter the coming Pirate running attack, Coach Stump simply stated “It’s a concern, but we’ve got good players and good coaching. We’ll be ready, and we’ll come out and play hard.”

There were some bright spots for the Cardinals on offense last week.

Quarterback Daniel Faulk went 6/11 for 73 yards and also threw his first touchdown as a starter. While those aren’t eye-popping numbers, he completed about half of his passes and managed to avoid throwing a pick the entire game. Look for the young QB’s decision making to improve as he matures in the offense and learns to manage the game the way Coach Stump expects.

There was another surprise on the offensive side, as most of the carries went to junior running back Kruz Dearbonne, and he did not disappoint. The emerging young talent powered his way to 123 yards on 16 attempts. Though Dearbonne didn’t find the end zone against Newton, this is still what you want to see. Look for him to continue rushing the football and eventually rack up some TD’s as his carries pick up through the season.

In the end, the Cardinal D’ managed to recover a fumble and score, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles closed the contest out 35-12 after missing two extra point attempts.

The Cardinals are going to have amnesia leading into kick-off Friday. The Pirates are definitely going to pound the rock and the Cards’ D’ is definitely going to have to step up if they want to stop Vidor’s potent rushing attack.