The Bridge City Cardinals improved their overall record to 5-1, as well as achieving their first district win in a one sided affair against the Hardin Jefferson Hawks. The Cardinal defense continues to look impressive. The stingy defense served up a goose egg, as the Redbirds came home with a 42-0 victory. The Cardinals scored thirty-five points in the first half, and coasted through the second half to seal the victory.
The Hawks held the Cardinals on the opening drive. A holding call on the Cardinals helped the Hawks force a turnover on downs, and Hardin Jeffersons? first drive ended in a punt. The first score of the game came with 1:50 left in the first quarter. The Cardinals marched seventy yards down the field on a drive that was capped off with a quarterback sneak from two yards out by Matt Menard. Devin Bertrand?s point after made the score 7-0. The Cardinals’ defense struck in the first quarter also. Tyler Roberts snagged DJ Hall?s pass and out ran the field for a forty-eight yard pick six. Bertrand?s PAT made the first quarter score 14-0.
On the next Hawk drive at the beginning of the second quarter, Adrian Schubarth decided to get in on the interceptions’ stats. Schubarth picked off Hall, and in his efforts for a pick six, was dragged down at the four. Two plays later Menard had his second touchdown of the game, a six yard run. Bertrand split the uprights to extend the lead to 21-0 with 8:57 left in the half. With 5:54 left on the clock before half, Cameron Dishon took the snap and handed off to Menard, who scampered twenty yards for his third TD of the game. Bertrand?s point after brought the score to 28-0. The only excitement the Hawks had was on the next Cardinal kickoff, which turned into excitement for the Cardinals. Bertrand kicked off and the Hawks broke it with only one player to beat, which happened to be Bertrand. With only the kicker to beat, I am sure he was thinking touchdown, but Bertrand met the returning with a pretty good lick. The Cardinals’ players and fans went crazy as Bertrand ran off the field. The scoring was not done for the half. Bridge City got the ball back with 2:50 left in the half, and Hunter Clark ran in from one yard to give the Cardinals a 35-0 lead after Bertrand?s kick.
There was only one score in the second half, Menard hit Dishon with a fifteen yard TD pass, and another extra point from Bertrand brought us to our final score of 42-0.
The defense stiffened up and did not let the Hawks cross the goal line for the remainder of the game. Jason Broussard contributed with an interception of his own to stop yet another dive. Bridge City basically ran the clock down, while getting in some much needed work from Stetson Woods and Dylan Foreman at running back.
It was a great night for football, and for the Cardinals. Our band dominated again, the cheerleaders kept us all going, and how about those Strutters?
Menard was five for nine with eighty-six yards passing. He also had fourteen carries for seventy yards. Clark had eleven carries for fifty-two yards. Dishon also toted the ball four times for thirty-five yards. Woods carried the ball six times for thirty-three yards, and Foreman two times for eleven yards. The Redbirds ground out 201 total yards on the ground. Dishon led the receivers with two catches for forty yards. Roberts had one catch for twenty-four yards, and Broussard hauled in two catches for twenty-two yards.
The Cardinals will travel to Silsbee for a very important match up Friday night. It should be a good game, so let’s make the trip and back all of our Cardinals. I also recommend the Frito pie, it’s a good one. Hope to see you at the game.

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