2017-09-28 / Sports

Rudyard Bulldogs Notch Four Straight Wins on the Field

By John Raffel

Rudyard made it four straight 8- player football victories with the Friday, September 22, 64-0 win over Brimley on the road in Bridge Alliance Football League action.

While the Bulldogs improved to 4-1, Brimley fell to 2-3.

Dylan Mills was 4-of-4 in passing for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

Brimley played without some key players, for undisclosed reasons.

“We prepared for them full strength, even though we had heard they weren’t going to have their running back and their quarterback,” Rudyard Coach Steve Sawyer said. “We came out firing. We looked at them as a 3-1 playoff team that was a threat. Our guys responded well and came out hard from the beginning.

“We were more physical and we go no-huddle and that causes teams trouble with nonstop action, especially when you only dress 12 guys. Most of them play both sides of the ball for Brimley. We had them on their heels a lot, even though it’s hot and humid. We fumbled our first offensive possession at their 20-yard line, but we stopped them. We didn’t have any trouble after that.”

Damarius Rundell-Johnson led the ground game with six carries for 57 yards and one touchdown. Getting one touchdown apiece were AJ Ellison with two carries for 54 yards, Noah Garrison with three carries for 29 yards, and Jakob Steikar with five carries for 26 yards.

Matt Warner caught two passes for 105 yards and a touchdown and Steikar had two catches for 17 yards.

“Our defense played very well,” Coach Sawyer said. “A lot of times Brimley went four wide, but we have guys who cover pretty well. We didn’t have trouble covering that.”

The Bulldogs had some big plays, including a 74-yard kick return for a touchdown by Garrison and a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown by Rundell-Johnson.

“Their quarterback was just as much of a threat as their regular guy, had he played,” Coach Sawyer said, “but we were well prepared. We knew what they had. Our guys did the job and we were able to shut them down.

“We didn’t intend to run the score up like we did. It was 50-0 at halftime. The whole second half, we ran guys who don’t get their hands on the ball very much. We weren’t trying to show anybody up.”

Rudyard is home this Friday against Engadine in a matchup of 4- 1 teams.

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