Superior Central can’t get momentum going its way

Roubens Fink, left, of Superior Central is dragged down by Cedarville’s Chase Fisher, bottom, during a Great Lakes Eight East Division eight-player high school football game on Thursday. (Sault News photo by Rob Roos)

By Escanaba Daily Press

CEDARVILLE — An early 65-yard touchdown nullified by a penalty was a bad omen for the Superior Central football team on Thursday night.

Cedarville went on to post a 36-12 victory over the Cougars in a Great Lakes Eight Conference East Division football game. Both teams are now 1-1.

“That first penalty absolutely took the wind out of our sails,” SC coach Sam Eggleston said. “We stopped (Cedarville) on their first possession, then we scored and every one was cheering and fired up. It took the whole quarter to recover from that.”

By that time, the Trojans had established a 14-0 lead, scoring twice in two minutes. They padded the advantage to 20-0 with 9:48 left in the first half.

“It seemed like we were (playing) in the mud the whole first quarter,” said Eggleston, whose team stunned reigning MHSAA Division 2 eight-player state champion Crystal Falls Forest Park in its opener.

“Had (the TD play) stood, our momentum would have carried over from the first game,” Eggleston said. “We just couldn’t get our heads on straight after that.”

The Cougars did rally before the intermission, as Roubens Fink scored on runs of 3 and 46 yards, the latter one coming with 1:13 left in the first half to draw his team within 20-12.

Fink ran for 151 yards on 15 carries and teammate Beau Rondeau added 84 yards on 13 tries. The Cougars, who were efficient passing against Forest Park, hit just 6 of 16 throws for 54 yards.

More problems struck the Cougars in the third quarter when they lost a fumble a yard shy of the end zone.

“It was supposed to be a fake to our halfback but the ball hit the shoulder pads and popped out,” Eggleston said. “We really felt like we were about to score and tie the game. We felt the momentum was definitely in our favor at that point. Our heads just hung at that point.”

The Trojans put the game out of reach with two touchdowns in the final 7 1/2 minutes.

SC linebacker-defensive end D.J. Johns had 10 tackles, Noah Groulx eight and Rondeau seven. Jack Rondeau intercepted a pass.