After playing a tough half, the 6-3 (3-3) Cadillac Vikings couldn’t keep up with the 8-1 (6-0) Traverse City Central Trojans as they lost 42-21. Riley Norman did what he could on both sides of the ball to help his team, but it just wasn’t enough as the Trojans ran away with this one.
Both teams went back and forth at first. Traverse City Central scored first, but Cadillac would answer back when Jalen Brooks, the Vikings’ quarterback, would break free and take it 69 yards for a touchdown run. The Trojans would answer back and Brooks would keep up another touchdown himself. The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-14.
The Trojans would take the lead back with another touchdown run. Cadillac couldn’t answer back until Traverse City Central punted the ball. Patrick Briggs caught it at his 20 and would take it all the way back for a touchdown. That would tie the score at 21 apiece and that would hold at the half.
The Vikings couldn’t keep up with Traverse City Central in the second half though. They had opportunities, but turnovers, dropped passes and missed blocks kept them off the board. The Trojans’ quarterback T.J. Schepperley would break a long run to put his team up 28-21. Another long run would make it 35-21. Another score would make the final 42-21 as Cadillac couldn’t respond in the second half.
Cadillac’s defense couldn’t stop their running game. A lot of it came from Schepperley and his big runs, so they are going to need to find a way to slow down teams with mobile quarterbacks. He only passed for 89 yards, which is promising to see that they were beat in both ways. They could run into trouble if in the playoffs a quarterback can pass and tuck the ball if need be. This is something that hurts a lot of teams though and not all teams have them.
The Vikings’ offense did look good in the first half. I thought they need to play a flawless game in this one to upset Traverse City Central. The Trojans feature a good defense so it is promising to see that the Vikings moved the ball on the ground 211 yards. If Traverse City Central hadn’t out-rushed them, they would have had a chance. Cadillac also added 87 yards in the air, which isn’t great, but that could be something they can use going into the playoffs as well.
Both teams are playoff bound. Cadillac ended up in Division 3 and will host their first playoff game against the 6-3 (3-2) Owosso Trojans. Owosso this week pulled out a big victory to get them into the playoffs when they dominated the Eaton Rapids Greyhounds on the road 51-7.
Traverse City Central landed in Division 2 and will also host their first playoff game when they take on the 8-1 (6-1) Bay City Western Warriors. This week the Warriors faced off against the Central Wolves at home and took the win 27-21, denying Central a playoff birth.