2011-09-07 / Sports

Defense, back-up QB help Tigers smother Mooney

BY DALE BALL Sports Editor


Junior back Ryan Davis (right) of CPS follows the lead of teammate Danny Rickett for a sizable gain in the win over Cardinal Mooney on Friday night. 
Photo by Dale Ball Junior back Ryan Davis (right) of CPS follows the lead of teammate Danny Rickett for a sizable gain in the win over Cardinal Mooney on Friday night. Photo by Dale Ball SANILAC TOWNSHIP — The CPS Tigers had star quarterback Hayden Adams for all of eight plays Thursday night, However, the Tiger defense and sophomore QB Danny Rickett had his back.

In an interesting early season match-up, the Tigers dominated Marine City Cardinal Mooney, one of the newest teams to 8- man football, by rolling to a,36-8, non-league victory.

Adams, the 8-man football Player of the Year in the Thumb Area last season, led CPS to a quick, 14-0, lead before suffering a deep contusion just above the ankle that, basically, ended his night.

“It was just a contusion. He went to the doctor this morning and he’s walking around okay. He’ll be ready to play this week,” explained a relieved CPS coach Tim Brabant on Friday morning.


Steve Koehler Steve Koehler Before Adams left the game, he ended the opening drive of the night with a six yard TD pass to brother Trevor Adams with less than two minutes ticked of the clock.

Immediately after Mooney fumbled on its first offensive play, Adams darted 50 yards for a score. Steve Koehler’s two PAT kicks made it 14-0.

On the Tigers’ next possession, Adams scrambled upfield for a large gain, but instead of stepping out of bounds, he tried to cut-up and was rolled into the west sideline area and suffered the contusion.

Rickett, who played regularly on both sides of the field last year in the Tigers’ 9-0 season, moved from a running back to QB and filled in nicely. While the CPS offense wasn’t as smooth as when Adams is in the line-up, Rickett still threw for two TDs and a 144 yards overall, and he rushed for 34 yards.


Danny Rickett Danny Rickett “Danny did a good job once he settled down,” praised Brabant, who also pointed out several dropped passes by his receivers. “You take away those drops and this (would have been) a blowout game. “

What did please the Tigers’ second-year coach was the defense. Thee Tigers limited a bigger Mooney team to just 33 yards rushing.

“Our defense has just been phenomenal. We had two goal line stands and that was fun to watch,” Brabant said. “Our defense is just light-years ahead of last year.”

Koehler, who plays linebacker on defense, was in on 18 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Tigers went up, 20- 0, before the half was over when Rickett connected on a 23 yard TD strike to senior Garrett Salsbury.

Early in the third quarter, Rickett and Trevor Adams teamed up for a 57 yard scoring play.


Garrett (Salsbury (40) and two other CPS defenders make sure a Cardinal Mooney runner gets nowhere on this play in Friday night’s clash at Travis Field. 
Photo by Dale Ball Garrett (Salsbury (40) and two other CPS defenders make sure a Cardinal Mooney runner gets nowhere on this play in Friday night’s clash at Travis Field. Photo by Dale Ball The final scores of the night came in the fourth quarter on a Ryan Davis 20 yard scamper and a safety.

The Tigers finished with 188 yards on the ground and 179 through the air. Davis, a junior, rushed for 64 yards on eight carries and caught seven passes for 54 yards. Trevor Adam had five catches for 118 yards and Salsbury nabbed three for 67.

CPS will visit Akron- Fairgrove this Friday night for a non-league contest.

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