Cedar came from behind again last Friday and defeated the winless team from Belding 34-13. This Red Hawk team has really struggled early in games this year and this one was no different. Cedar did open the scoring in the first quarter with a 30 yard run by Henry Porter but that is where things fell apart for most of the first half. Belding came right back and drove the field to tie the score. With the Red Hawks stalled by mental mistakes and a defense seemingly unable to stop the wing, Belding drove the field again and took the lead 13-7. With things looking grim, it would be the special teams to supply the turning point of the game. AJ Olszewski took back the ensuing kickoff 95 yards behind a crushing block by Zac Carpentier and headed into halftime leading 14-13.
The second half was all Cedar with the defense finally stepping up to stifle the wing and hold Belding to a second half shut out. Porter started the second half scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run and followed by a Tyler Covell to Brandon Slater 23-yard touchdown pass. Leading 27-13 going into the 4th quarter, Shane Bratt finished off the scoring with a 38-yard run to make the final score 34-13 and improve their record to 5-2. Though happy for this win, this type of performance will not supply a victory going into the final two weeks.
Cedar will be home tomorrow for Homecoming in a very critical game against West Catholic. This is a must win to keep hopes alive for the conference championship and would qualify them for the playoffs. It is imperative that the community comes out in droves to supply positive support to the boys. Game time is 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium.