For a second straight year, the Cadillac football team faced the Sault Ste Marie Blue Devils in the District final game. And for a second straight year the Vikings were crowned District champions.
It’s the first time Cadillac has played a game since October 30. They received a bye in the first round of Districts and had their second game canceled due to COVID issues with their opponent. That brought them to this past Friday night in front of their home crowd facing a 6-2 Sault Ste Marie team. The Blue Devils held Cadillac to just four possessions in the first half and held a 14-13 lead at halftime. Cadillac was able to adjust in the second half and held the Blue Devils scoreless, winning 34-14 and hoisting the District trophy again.
The Blue Devils got on the board first taking a 6-0 lead but Cadillac countered with a 68 yard run by QB Aden Gurden to tie the game. The Soo added another touchdown and two point conversion as did Cadillac when Noah Cochrane scored from ten yards out and Colin Hess connected on the PAT to cut the lead to one at halftime.
It was all Cadillac in the second half — Cochrane added his second touchdown of the night on a 12 yard run. The Vikings then extended their lead to 27-14 when Carter Harsh broke free for a 26 yard TD run. Kaleb McKinley scored the final touchdown of the night with five minutes remaining in the game — on a five yard run. Hess was 4 of 5 on PAT attempts.
Gurden led Cadillac with 105 rushing yards on nine carries while Harsh had 55 yards on five carries.
Defensively, Collin Johnston made 16 tackles while Luke Enyeart had nine tackles and recovered a fumble. Dan Gray and Ryan Warner had eight tackles apiece while Harsh and Derek Rood had seven apiece.
The Vikings were slated to play Forest Hills Eastern this Friday at home before the State Health Department announced the new Coronavirus restrictions Sunday evening. While the new rules go into effect on Wednesday, The MHSAA announced they were suspending all practices and events effective immediately. We will post more information in the coming weeks as we receive it from the Health Department and MHSAA.