The Bruce football team had a decision to make last week as they had a bye on the schedule as Alma Center Lincoln cancelled their varsity cancelled their season leading to the 2-0 victory for the Red Raiders. The decision the Raider’s head coach, Jason Lehman and staff made was to take on the number one 8-man team in the state as they hosted the Wausau Newman Catholic Cardinals Thursday night in non conference action in Bruce.
With nothing to lose the Red Raiders suited up and gave the Cardinals all they could handle for four quarters as the two teams battled it out Thursday night.
The first quarter saw the Raiders fall behind to the Cardinals aerial assault, 14-6 as Dexter Roatch got the Raiders on the board to tie the game up at 6 -6 on a 25 yard touchdown run.
The Raiders and Cardinals went back and forth as Newman Catholic out scored the raiders 19-12 as Roatch reached the end zone again on a five yard touchdown run and Kevin Brockman scored on a three yard run for the red Raiders. The Cardinals took a 33-18 lead into the half over the tough nose Raiders who were leaving it all on the field Thursday night against the second number one team the have faced this season.
In the third quarter the Raiders got back on the board after a Cardinals score as Roatch scored his third touchdown of the night on a 10 yard jaunt as the Raiders trailed 40-24 heading into the final quarter.
It was in the final quarter that the Raiders out scored the cardinals by a score of 8-7 as Brockman connected with Connor Checkalski on a 23 yard touchdown pass that saw Roatch cap it off with the two point conversion. In the end the Cardinals captured the win by the score of 47-32, but it was the Red Raiders that showed that they can play with the best on any night when they play with no fear and leave it all on the field as coach Lehman put it, “ We really played a great game Thursday night. We did a lot of things well, but a QB like that it is hard to stop if he has decent receivers like they did. But there is something to be said for physical football and we gave that to Newman for much of the game. Even their coach staff commented that we were more physical than any team they have played this year and they play some pretty good competition.”
The Raiders will wrap up the regular season this Friday night as they look to host Fredric in Bruce as the Raiders are currently 6-3 on the season, looking to get that seventh win as kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Scoring By Quarters
1 2 3 4 F
Newman Catholic 14 19 7 7 47
Bruce 6 12 6 8 32