2006-10-26 / Sports

Cards prepare for '2nd season'

BY DON SCHELSKE
Editor, The Davison Index

An undefeated season, an undisputed Big Nine Conference championship, and the second highest playoff point finish in the state are all nice.

For the Cardinal varsity football team, however, Friday begins the "second season," and they plan to be around for awhile.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association playoff pairings call for Rochester Adams to visit Cardinal Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 for the first round of action in Division 2, Region 2, District 1.

The Highlanders, 7-2 this season, met Davison in playoff action several years ago, and Cardinal coach Jeff Putnam is looking forward to the rematch.

"There a solid ball club," Putnam said, noting their option offense and 4-3 defense. "They have enough talent to be competitive."

Davison will face the winner of the Oxford-Holly contest (also this Friday), but Putnam said it doesn’t matter who comes next.

"We’re going to prepare the best we can for this week’s team."

The preparation may be a bit easier, as the Cards came off a 49-14 drubbing of Owosso Friday, Oct. 20.

"We were pleased with the way our defense controlled their running game," Putnam said, with special praise for Adam McMurray, Josh Denkins and Eric Jarvie.

Of Davison’s 49 points, 42 came in the first half. The bench got to see a lot of action in the second half, with Ben Welch scoring in the second half.

Tim Olds returned to action against the Trojans. Putnam said he was not at 100 percent, but "Tim at 80 percent is pretty good."

Richard Kirksey, who suffered a sprained ankle in the Haslett game, will return to the lineup this week, and the coach is thankful for a healthy team entering the playoffs.

The team appears to have a good attitude, as well. While excited, the players know how to control their emotions to get the job done.

While playoff teams are divided into equal-number divisions based on school enrollment, Putnam sees no problem with being in Division 2, especially with the non-conference experience they’ve had this season.

"I think Division 2 is the toughest division," he said. "We’re looking forward to it."




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