2006-09-06 / Sports

Cards prepare for Big 9 foe Flushing

Editor, The Davison Index

The Flushing Raiders are off to a 2-0 start this season, as are the Davison Cardinals.

Something, or someone, will have to give Friday, Sept. 8 at the Flushing field.

"We just don’t have any letdown in our schedule," said Davison head coach Jeff Putnam after the Cards registered a 34-20 victory at Cardinal Stadium Thursday, Aug. 31.

Putnam anticipates a challenge against a "gifted" Raider quarterback and a strong offense, but he believes his team will be ready.

The victory over Holt was satisfying on a number of counts, not the least of which is encouragement for possible post-season play.

"We knew they were a legitimate playoff contender," the coach said. "It was going to be a real barometer for our future."

Davison’s strong running game was complimented by only eight passes from quarterbacks Jared Cowan and Ben Welch, but three connected for touchdowns.

After taking a 21-0 lead, the Rams started their comeback and, in the fourth quarter, led Davison 25-21. A strong ground game led by running back Tim Olds led to the winning touchdown. Olds finished the game with almost 130 yards rushing.

"He’s starting to get more comfortable running the ball," Putnam said. "Each week he’s gets better at following his blocks."

The defense earned their pay against a strong Ram offense.

"We didn’t stop them, but we contained them, and that’s all you can ask," the coach said.

Special teams shined, as well, with kicker Luke McMurray adding four extra points and Aaron Badour blocking a Holt punt.

Some may say it was a strange combination of strategies, but Putnam laughed, "I don’t really care how it happens."

The coach also gave a lot of credit to the "11th man," the Cardinal fans, for helping provide "a great environment" at the season home opener. He is also impressed with the number of fans who attend away games.

"I don’t feel there’s a better place to coach," he said.

Bumps and bruises have come early for some Cardinals. Defensive back Curtis Thorsby has been on crutches after ankle surgery, and Eric Jarvie suffered a minor shoulder injury.

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