The Rudyard Bulldogs made a statement in a dominant win against the Munising Mustangs, defeating the home side 47-6 at Mustang Stadium on Friday, Aug. 25.
“Rudyard played a great game. They’re one of the top teams in the conference,” Munising Head Coach Matt Mattson said. “We got behind and things just started to snowball in the second quarter.”
The Bulldogs got off to a big start, taking a 346 lead at halftime. The combination in the backfield of Eli Sprague and Aiden Bickel provided a lot of opportunities for Rudyard to break into the second level and make consistent rushing gains up and down the field.
According to Mattson, a number of players on the defense were shifted into new spots before the game. One of the standouts for the Mustangs given the circumstances was Carter Deatsman, who had over 20 tackles in the game.
“You could see how much he grew from the first quarter to the fourth quarter,” Mattson said.
“To make that many tackles means your defense is out on the field too much, but he stood out more than anyone else for his play.”
The Mustangs lone score came on a 37-yard pass from Tyler Nelson to Jack Dusseault in the second quarter. The receiver caught seven balls for 122 yards in the game.
While the passing game looked good in multiple stages of the contest, Mattson said the team has no plans to air it out compared to more balanced offensive strategies.
“We threw a little too much because when you’re down, you have to take some more risks.
But Tyler played well and Jack will be a weapon for us,” the coach said.
The tough schedule doesn’t let up for the Mustangs, as they travel to another Great Lakes Eight East front runner in Newberry. The Indians and their opponent in the Brimley Bays put up 114 points in Newberry’s 7242 victory. Logan Rahilly scored four different ways in the contest for the Indians.
“(Newberry) does a lot of things offensively, so we really need to lock that down,” Mattson said. “We have our work cut out for us. There’s not many easy games on the schedule.”