The freshmen of Hurricane Rita are now the seniors of Hurricane Ike. The class of 2009 has seen it’s share of disrupted football seasons. This week a patched together team of Cardinals made a much needed trip to Huntington and stepped back into the routine of Friday night football. Die hard fans who had spent the week dealing with flooded homes, stalled businesses and the uncertainty of insurance adjusters made the long drive to support their team, cheerleaders, band and drill team. The game gave folks a chance to visit, compare notes and comfort each other as the the storm tossed Cardinals duked it out with the Huntington Red Devils on the field of play.
Not unlike previous games the offense struggled early. After giving up the ball on the first possession the Cardinal defense made a strong stand and recovered a fumbled field goal attempt. Senior Micah Ivy had back to back tackles in the first defensive set. Corey Moseley caught a long pass for the first big offensive play of the night, but that push ended in a failed field goal.
Jerry Landry was on the receiving end of a Josh Lemoine pass that got the Cardinals within 5 yards of the goal line and the sophomore quarterback ran it in himself on the next play as the Cards drew first blood. Huntington answered with a touchdown and two point conversion that gave them a 8-7 lead. After long offensive push running back Joe Robertson broke free and carry the ball to the 1 yard line where Josh Lemoine again carryed it in for the score. Cards regained the lead 8-14. Huntington would answer with another TD but so would the Cards. A beautiful text book catch by Moseley at the buzzer gave the Cards a 21-14 lead going into the half. Robertson would score with a run and the defensive game would be capped with an interception by Cody Eldridge.
Players form the Junior Varsity and Freshman teams got their first taste of a Friday night football from the field. A community that has had everything we consider normal jerked out from under us got a little taste of life as we knew it. The band took the field in jeans and T-shirts since Ike took their uniforms. The flag runner was carrying a make shift flag. The strutters were in full form as they did their popular Texas Flag routine. Quaterback Josh Lemoine passed for 274 yards and had a 32-yard TD pass to cory Moseley along with scoring from the 1- and 5-yard lines. After halftime the Cardinals held the Red Devils to only a safety in completing their 28-16 victory in the Cardinals first outing in nearly a month. This win should give the boys some confidence as they begin district play next week in Sour Lake as they face the Hardin Jefferson Hawks.