ELK RAPIDS – Three weeks after the start of the football season, Charlevoix’s powerful offense still hadn’t found a 100-yard rushing rusher.
The Rayders thought they should change that when Friday night rolled around and Elk Rapids greeted them.
But, the Rayders didn’t have a 100-yard rusher against the Elks, instead they had almost three.
Charlevoix amassed 344 yards and six rushing touchdowns, as quarterback Caleb Stuck and running back Max Dixon crossed the 100-yard mark in a 66-24 victory for the Rayders.
A third Rayder, Patrick Sterrett, also touched almost 100 rushing yards with 75, while adding over 100 in the air.
“It was good to see,” Charlevoix coach Don Jess said of the record. “Patrick had a really good game, Caleb threw him, we just had a lot of effort from everyone tonight. It was fun. Anytime we can be balanced that’s the key. .
The victory brings Charlevoix to 3-1 overall this season and also gives them their first victory in the leaders’ division.
Only an 8-6 game at the end of a game, Charlevoix kicked off with a 38-12 lead at the half and a 44-24 advantage after three.
The scoring started on a 78-yard pass and a Stuck catch to Sterrett, then Sterrett posted the next two, scoring on a 19-yard rush, then a 59-yard rush.
Stuck went on to play five of the next six touchdowns for the Rayders on the evening.
In a game that totaled 90 points and would seemingly never end, Jess was proud of his guys for being on the road, upholding their wills, and bringing some balance to the offense.
“They were huge up front so that was a good test for us,” Jess said of the Elks. “We wanted to be able to mix things up and they didn’t stop at nothing. It was a good test for kids to improve against big kids.
Stuck finished with 12 carries for 139 yards and three touchdowns, then had 6 of 14 passes for 205 yards and three scores. He also combined for three two-point conversions.
Dixon ran 102 yards on 13 carries, Sterrett had three carries for 75 yards and two scores, then had two catches for 117 yards and two scores, Solomon finished with three catches for 81 yards and one score and Bryce Johnson also had a six – court landing.
Defensively, Landon Swanson finished with 12 total tackles, George Sheets and Solomon each had interceptions, Sheets adding four tackles and a sack.
Richie Cunningham also had four tackles and a sack and Will Glass had five tackles and a sack.
Charlevoix (3-1, 1-1 Leaders) will then bring Glen Lake for another big-league clash on Friday, September 24.
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