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EBEN — The Rudyard Bulldogs provided fierce competition for Superior Central’s homecoming here on Saturday as they handed the Cougars a 67-6 loss in eight-handed football.

Rudyard did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 309 of 364 yards in this Great Lakes Conference East Division Eight outing.

Senior Wyatt Kulik provided the Cougars with their lone touchdown on a 10-yard run late in the third quarter.

“We got ourselves most of the trouble by not blocking, not passing and not holding the ball,” said Cougars coach Josh Trader. “If you do that, you’re going to have a hard time.”

Rudyard responded on the ensuing kickoff when junior Aiden Bickel ran 99 yards for a score.

The Bulldogs needed just three plays to find the end zone in this one, taking a 7-0 lead on junior Cam Peterson’s 20-yard pass through the middle of second Damon MacDowell.

Peterson added a one-yard TD through the middle and Bickel added runs from 29 yards through the middle and 13 yards from the right tackle for a 27-0 cushion in the first frame.

Bickel caught a 35-yard TD aerial from Peterson early for a 34-0 advantage in the second stanza.

Peterson added a 36-yard TD dash down the middle and second Tanner Baker scored from five yards out for a 48-0 advantage late in the second.

“We are well surrounded” said Rudyard coach Jim Suggitt. “We hadn’t played for 15 days, so we were well rested. It’s always nice to arrive healthy. We ran the gauntlet, playing Munising, Newberry and Pickford. We have been battle tested.

McDowell scored his second TD on a three-yard run down the middle for a 55-0 advantage early in the third quarter.

Junior Landen Mayer wrapped up the scoring on a seven-yard run down the middle with four minutes and 34 seconds left in the game.

Peterson passed 2 of 5 for 55 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars’ senior was 2 of 7 for 14 yards and two interceptions.

“We probably have one of the toughest schedules in UP, even if there are no excuses,” said the trader. “We have to execute. You have to be ready to play and do the little things right.

The Cougars finished with 135 total rushing yards. Kulik ran 13 times for 76 and Swetich added 47 in 17 runs.

They travel to Gaylord to face Colon on Friday.

“I think we did a good job containing their ball carriers,” said Suggest. “Our defensive line worked well and the guys chased the ball well. We have decent speed, but we don’t have a burner per se. We still have a few tough matches left on our schedule. We have work to do.

Peterson rushed 10 times for 155 yards, all in the first half. Bickel had 53 in just four runs for the Bulldogs, who host Cedarville-DeTour for the homecoming Friday.

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