The high flying Bridge City Cardinals (4-1) get a breather this week after a convincing 43-28 homecoming victory over the Kelly Bulldogs. Big Red has an open week before starting district play next week by hosting Hardin-Jefferson (2-3), Oct. 9.

Otherwise it’s business as usual at Camp Cardinal as practices tweak an ever-improving band of Cardinal football players.

For homecoming, Cardinal senior quarterback Josh Lemoine led an offensive attack that piled up 197 yards rushing. Lemoine went to the air for another 104 yards and two touchdowns. Behind 14-13 late in the second quarter, Lemoine hit Cale Hyde for a 33-yard touchdown pass. He would connect with sophomore receiver Cameron Dishon for another 16-yard TD strike on the next possession to up the score to 20-14 at the half.

Besides Dishon, the Bulldogs also had to contend with sophomore running back Matt Menard and senior linebacker Evan Boren.

Dishon had scrambled 15 yards to cap off an opening kick drive powered by Menard. Then, Boren snagged a Kelly pass on the Bulldog’s first possession and carried it from mid-field for a 13-0 lead after the PAT failed.

The Bulldogs where no push-overs. Kelly put together back-to-back scoring drives in the second quarter. Kelly quarterback Dakota Eddins used a 12-play drive for their first score. On their next possession the Bulldogs drove 59 yards pulling ahead 14-13.

The Cardinal defense came up with big turnovers. On the second-half kick off Randyn Myrick recovered a fumble to give Bridge City the ball at the Bulldogs 31. The offense failed to convert the opportunity into a touchdown and turned the ball over. But senior defensive back Zach Heinze intercepted a Kelly pass that set the Cards up for another score.

Lemoine hit Dishon for six points then passed to Allen McBride for a two-point conversion, 28-14.

But the Bulldogs combined on two pass plays to move the ball 39 yards to the goal line to score closing the lead to 28-21.

Menard ripped off 34-yards on four carries before blowing through Kelly for a TD. Place kick holder Luke Rhodes took the snap and rolled across the goal line for a two point conversion and Bridge City was up 36-21.

Kelly answered with their back against the wall on the 14 yard line by intercepting Lemoine and carrying it 95 yards for a Bulldog touchdown.

After the two-minute warning Big Red would go on a 68-yard homecoming march across Larry Ward Stadium. It began with Lemoine pass to Rhodes for a critical first down and ended when Menard cruised the final 23 yards to the goal line.