This is new territory for the Hudson Tigers. They entered this season with a 32 game regular season winning streak. Right now it has been replaced with a new type of streak; they have lost 2 in a row. This week they were taken down by the Blissfield Royals at home. What is even more impressive is that the Royals outrushed the Tigers, who usually dominate that stat. What is wrong with Hudson?
Both of these teams were lead by their defenses in the first. They both held strong until Blissfield scored late in the first on a Lee Keinath 1 yard run. The conversion failed and the score was 6-0 Royals at the end of the quarter.
Hudson responded early in the 2nd. Kameron Belfy broke free and took the ball 22 yards to tie the game up. They couldn’t take the lead as the conversion failed. The Royals answered back later in the quarter when their quarterback Luke Cassaubon connected with his receiver Jordan Wilson for a 17 yard touchdown strike. These two also connected for a 2 point conversion. Blissfield would add another score when Dakota Suiter ran it in from 15 yards out. The score at the half was 20-6, Blissfield.
Both defenses played strong in the third. Neither team could get an advantage and put any points up on the board. In the final quarter though, the Royals extended their lead when Brad Lietzke scored on a 23 yard touchdown run.
Hudson tried to get back into it, but their quarterback Alex Messer was picked off around midfield and Blissfield’s cornerback Chris Barrus took the ball 43 yards for a touchdown. The Tigers did add another Belfy touchdown run at the end of the game to make the final score 32-13.
Hudson’s quarterback Messer went 5 for 15 for 78 yards and 2 interceptions. Messer was the leading rusher with 1 carry that went for 55 yards. Adding to that was Belfy who had 13 carries for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns. Justin Boies lead the way with receiving when he had 4 catches for 56 yards.
The Royals’ Cassaubon threw 6 passes, completed 3 of them for 82 yards with a touchdown. Blissfield was led on the ground by Suiter who had 6 carries for 68 yards with a touchdown. Lietzke also had 10 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown as well. The leading receivers were Lietzke and Suiter as well, having 1 catch for 38 yards and 1 catch for 27 yards. Wilson also caught a pass for 17 yards and a touchdown.
I don’t know what to make of this Hudson team. I thought coming in we would see much more of what we have in years past. They have some new faces in the backfield and the line for the most part is the same. This team every week though is gaining less and less yards per carry. It seems like teams are having success in shutting them down. I thought if they could add some passing game to their arsenal, they would be even tougher to beat. This year they are finding themselves behind more and more, which makes them turn to the pass and they are coming up short in these games. Their line definitely needs to start dominating like they usually do, but they are not moving the ball on the ground with as much success as they are used too.
Their defense is also getting gashed on the ground. They usually stop it as they run a 4-4. If teams are getting success like Blissfield and the Morenci Bulldogs have had on the ground against them, this team is in for a lot of trouble. Their defense line needs to start getting more penetration to prevent lineman from getting to the second and third level. If the line doesn’t create havoc, then the linebackers can’t roam and make plays. They are going to need to tighten up and get back to their usual ways.
Hudson has slipped to 1-2 (0-1) and will travel on the road to play new conference opponent in the 3-0 (1-0) Hillsdale Hornets. The Hornets defeated the Columbia Central Golden Eagles on the road 20-12.
Blissfield moves to 1-2 (1-0) and will host the 2-1 (1-0) Dundee Vikings. Dundee hosted the Erie-Mason Eagles and defeated them by a large margin of 41-7.