The Crusaders took a 7-6 lead out of the first quarter, but it was downhill from there. Two touchdowns in the second gave the Cardinals a 20-7 lead heading into halftime. MCC grabbed the only touchdown of the third quarter to cut the game to a score, but a 12-0 Orchard View fourth quarter sealed the Cardinal win.
Much of the damage was self-inflicted, as the Crusaders lost six fumbles, threw an interception and racked up 117 yards of penalties over the course of the contest. Orchard View didn’t give up a single turnover and committed just six penalties.
Dawson Steigman scored the Crusaders’ first touchdown on a 21-yard run, while Solomon Waller picked up the second on a 3-yard dash.
Steigman led the MCC offense with 109 yards rushing on 14 carries, ahead of Waller with 63 yards and Dane Rutz with 45 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Max Price finished 2-for-8 passing for 17 yards with one interception. Rutz caught one pass for 8 yards, while Nolan Convertini caught the other for 9 yards.
On defense, Tio Knight led the defense with two sacks for a loss of 9 yards and four tackles. Josh Holden racked up nine tackles, ahead of Convertini with eight.
Orchard View’s Owen Swanson finished 19-for-29 passing for 247 yards and three touchdowns while throwing two interceptions to Waller and Convertini.
Devin Doss led the Cardinal’s running game with 35 positive yards.
The loss marks the first time since 1966 that the Crusaders have fallen to the Cardinals and the first time since joining the conference that they have dropped their Lakes Eight opener. They return to the field next week against Ludington.