After winning their first 4 games of the season, the 4-2 (2-2) Cadillac Vikings have lost two in a row. This week’s mistakes and turnovers led to the lost against the 3-3 (1-2) Ogemaw Heights Falcons. Riley Norman and the offense moved the ball, but still came up short 24-21.
The Vikings took the first lead of the game when their quarterback Jalen Brooks found his receiver Patrick Briggs for a 46 yard score. That would hold to the end of the quarter and they would go into the 2nd with the 7-0 lead.
Ogemaw Heights’ Josh Awrey tied it up with a 15 yard touchdown run. Cadillac took the lead back when Brooks found Logan Webb for a 7 yard touchdown pass. They would take the 14-7 to the half.
Devin Griffus tied it back up with a touchdown run from 15 yards out. Then they took their first lead when Brandon Benac broke a 72 yard touchdown run. Brooks answered with a 70 yard touchdown run to tie it back up at 21-21.
A field goal early into the fourth quarter from the Falcons gave them the 24-21 and that lead would hold for the final.
The Cadillac offense moved the ball very well. Brooks rushed the ball for 188 yards on 29 carries with 2 touchdowns. He also threw 2 touchdown passes and had 2 interceptions. The turnovers though really hurt this team and kept points off the board.
The Vikings’ defense didn’t play horrible, but they need to get back to basics. They did force some turnovers, but they couldn’t keep the Falcons from getting points when their offense turned it over. Missed tackles also became a problem that lead to the long runs. They played fundamental defensive football in their 4 wins and they are going to need to get back to that. They are still 2 games away from clinching a playoff berth and they need to get back to playing their defense if they want to make it.
The offense also needs to cut down on their mistakes. They haven’t turned over the ball as much as they did this week. They showed how good they are that they were still in this game. If they don’t turn it over, they probably win this game because they took points off the board. Brooks needs to play within himself and use his players around him. They have that big offense line that will make holes for them, so as long as long as the ball is protected this team can get back on track.
Cadillac will look to break this losing streak when they go back home to play the 1-5 (1-2) Alpena Wildcats. The Wildcats this week were defeated at home by the Cheboygan Chiefs 42-14.
Ogemaw Heights will try to keep rolling when they take on the tough 4-2 (3-1) Traverse City West Titans on the road. This week the Titans were knocked off when they went to the Traverse City Central Trojans by the score of 35-21.