Despite his team being outgained and stifled on the ground, Mason’s Doug Bradfield caught touchdown passes from two different quarterbacks and finished with 80 receiving yards as the Bulldogs efficiently defeated Eaton Rapids on Thursday night, 41-18.
Mason (2-0, 1-0 CAAC Gold) managed 145 total yards rushing as the Greyhounds (0-2, 0-1) put up a much better fight than the score would suggest. Eaton Rapids outgained the Bulldogs in total offense, 439-256.
“They (Eaton Rapids) controlled the line of scrimmage all four quarters,” Mason coach Jerry VanHavel said. “We’re glad we got the win, but we have to play with more emotion and play more physical.”
But Eaton Rapids gave the contest away with multiple crucial errors, especially in the first half. Mason’s first three touchdowns resulted from being given a short field after two Greyhound fumbles and a blocked punt, all in Eaton Rapids’ territory.
Mason’s Jake Scavarda scored on a 9-yard run, Austin Droscha plunged in from 1 yard out and Nathan Jones found Bradfield on a 9-yard pass for its first-half TD’s. The Bulldogs also converted three 2-point conversions after Eaton Rapids jumped offside on the extra-point attempts to take a 24-0 lead at the half.
“We made a bunch of mistakes,” Greyhound coach Craig Benton said. “It’s hard to come back from turnovers.”
Mason stretched the lead to 31-0 when Lucas Barr ran back the opening kickoff of the second half 97 yards for a touchdown.
Eaton Rapids responded with an 80-yard, 13-play drive. Jacob Oberlin-Scott capped it with a 12-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 31-6.
Sophomore quarterback Jared McDaniel passed for two Greyhounds TDs in the fourth quarter, 30 yards to Kyle Sawyer and 20 yards to James Cruz, but it wasn’t enough.
Freshman Jarrett VanHavel found Bradfield on a 1-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and Josh Flamme kicked a 40-yard field goal in the fourth to close the Bulldogs’ scoring.