By: John Raffel
Braeden Childress at Central, but Cards have high hopes
Braeden Childress has taken his all-state tight end talents to Central Michigan but Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer still figures on putting a Central State Activities Association title contending team on the field this season.
Big Rapids is in a tough league with the likes of Reed City and Chippewa Hills, but may have the material to have a solid team.
“We’re returning all offensive linemen, seven deep, with lots of experience,” Selzer said. “It’s the most physical line we have had in many years. We have experience on defense returning 8 of the 11 positions.
“Keys are to improve each practice, rely on the strength of the offensive line, and get our skill players in spaces.”
The Cardinals boast outstanding linemen with Issac Lobert who, Selzer says, is “a physical player, great run blocker” plus Tom Lobert, “a smart technical player good pass blocker,” along with DJ Greenbay, a “very physical great run stopper,” plus
Matt Zeilinger, “a good run blocker and strong pass rusher,” and Jacob Alber, “a steady offensive lineman.”
Elliot Blair is the leading tackler from last year and will anchor the middle of the defense and Jayden Mason will be at quarterback.
“He’s a returning quarterback and a good decision maker, very athletic and with a strong arm,” Selzer said.