Saturday, September 17, 2016

MLS Football vs. Ovid-Elsie

JV Football
The Cardinal JV teams traveled to Ovid-Elsie (that's two towns, one high school) to face the Marauders on September 15.  We did not make the trip since Philip was out of commission.  He had taken a knee to the head at a pick up game on Sunday and got a mild concussion.  That means one week of no contact.  We were told by numerous sources that we made a wise choice not to come.  The Marauders handed the MLS JV Cardinals a 34-0 loss.

For what it is worth, I looked up the word "marauder" to see the definition.  The first definition listed was: "one who marauds."  So, there you go.

Philip from last week's game vs. St. Charles.
Varsity Football
On Friday, September 16, the Michigan Lutheran Seminary Cardinals played host to the Ovid-Elsie Marauaders.  We had heard good things about the Ovid-Elsie team, but having never played each other before, no one knew what to expect.

Ovid-Elsie jumped out to a 17-0 lead after two long TD passes.  The MLS offense had a hard time getting traction until late in the 2nd quarter.  A TD shortly before halftime brought the score to a much less scary 17-7.  It was last week's St. Charles game all over again.

In the 2nd half, the Cardinal defense stiffened up a bit, limiting the Marauder offense to short drives.  Ovid-Elsie saw the end zone only one more time after a strong drive down the field in the 4th quarter.  By that time, the Cardinals were facing a 24-13 deficit with time becoming a factor.

MLS drew the score much closer after a Mark Burger TD catch.  Mark had been wide open a few times, and he finally got targetted with points being the result on one nice catch and run.  From there, Casey Williams put on a show.  He had a long run to hoist MLS into the lead, 25-24.  MLS needed to run out the clock, but faced a 4th and 7 with about 1 minute left.  Casey went back to punt, but found a green  patch in front of him, so he ran for the first down.  He ran past the first down, shifting through all defenders until he got to the end zone, making the score 31-24.  Ovid-Elsie's last effort came to an end after a Jordan Hayes interception.

Caleb got in for a few plays on defense and made 2 tackles.  He also was on a number of special teams plays.

You can read the M-Live article here.

Harvest moon over football.
Caleb on the tackle.
Grandma and Grandpa Schmidt made the trek up from Indiana for the game.