Bulldogs easily handle Superior-Central 67-6


EBEN — The Rudyard Bulldogs provided stiff competition for Superior Central’s homecoming Saturday as they handed the Cougars a 67-6 eight-player football loss.

Rudyard did most of its damage on the ground, rushing for 309 of its 364 yards in this Great Lakes Eight Conference East Division outing.

The Bulldogs needed just three plays to find the end zone in this one, taking a 7-0 lead on junior Cam Peterson’s 20-yard pass through the middle to sophomore Damon MacDowell.

Peterson added a one-yard TD run up the middle and Bickel added scoring runs of 29 yards through the middle and 13 yards off right tackle for a 27-0 cushion in the opening frame.

Bickel caught a 35-yard TD aerial from Peterson early for a 34-0 advantage in the second stanza.

Peterson added a 36-yard TD dash through the middle and sophomore Tanner Baker scored from five yards out for a 48-0 advantage late in the second.

“We’re well rounded,” said Rudyard coach Jim Suggitt. “We hadn’t played in 15 days, so we were well rested. It’s always nice coming in healthy. We’ve run the gauntlet, playing Munising, Newberry and Pickford. We were battle tested.”

McDowell scored his second TD on a three-yard run up the middle for a 55-0 advantage early in the third quarter.

After the Cougars scored their lone touchdown on a 10-yard run late in the third quarter, Rudyard answered on the ensuing kickoff when junior Aiden Bickel dashed 99 yards for a score.

Junior Landen Mayer concluded the scoring on a seven-yard run through the middle with four minutes, 34 seconds left in the game.

Peterson was 2-of-5 passing for 55 yards and two TDs. Cougars’ senior was 2-of-7 for 14 yards and two interceptions.

“I thought we did a good job containing their running backs,” said Suggitt. “Our defensive line did well and the guys pursued the ball well. We have decent speed, but don’t have a burner per se. We still have some tough games left on our schedule. We’ve got work to do.

Peterson rushed 10 times for 155 yards, all in the first half. Bickel had 53 on just four carries for the Bulldogs, who host Cedarville-DeTour for homecoming Friday.

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