October 4, 2010

Ben Randle and Big Rapids win a wild one in the rain

Big Rapids, MI- This Friday, Chippewa Country continued its tradition of Friday Night Lights to watch the CSAA match-up of arch rivals Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills. The game featured Central Michigan commit Ben Randle and Justin Currie, a Western Michigan commit, for Big Rapids versus a highly talented Chippewa Hills Squad. Randle had a quiet night on the stat sheet, but made his presence known in the game playing nearly every position on the field.

"I have played basically every position on the field except for safety and punter this year" said Randle

This night it was his lead blocking for teammate and fellow MAC commit Justin Currie. Currie would rush behind the 6-foot-4 and 245 pound Randle and his teammates for 322 yards on 23 carries for 3 touchdowns. His touchdown runs included ones of 66, 70, and 45 yards. Each run highlighting his breakaway speed and quickness with a variety of spins and cuts through the Chippewa Hills defense. He also added 2 receptions for 68 yards which included a 49 yard touchdown on a screen pass from Derek Defever.

When Randle was asked about his thought playing with a Bronco, Randle had this to say:

"I will lead for him all this year. We're best friends right now, so we will be friends this year,
said Randle with a smile. "Then we're huge rivals next year and just play it out however it goes."

Defever didn't do much on the stat sheet for Big Rapids in regards to passing, having only attempted 7 passes and completing 4 of those for 1 touchdown and 1 interception, but he did finish off a couple drives running for a pair of touchdowns. He also managed the game well in the fourth after Chippewa Hills rallied back from a deficient of 20 at halftime with the score being 26-6 Big Rapids.

Chippewa Hills came out strong in the 2nd half, scoring on Taylor Bott's second touchdown run of the game. They continued the momentum gained from their touchdown drive, halting Big Rapids opening drive in the 2nd half by forcing Currie to fumble inside Chippewa Hills 20-yard line. That lead to a 1-yard Touchdown run by Eric Tarbell, who had 18 completions on 32 pass attempts with 3 interceptions and no passing touchdowns, but did have 1 running touchdown. After three quarters it was 26-20 Big Rapids after a big quarter from Chippewa Hills lead by running back Jason Peacock and Damon Shaw. Peacock had 12 carries for 80 yards, while Shaw had 8 catches for 109 yards receiving but also had an interception on defense to keep them in the game.

Big Rapids took control of the game for good in the 4th thanks to Currie who had 2 of his 4 touchdowns on the day in the final quarter of play, ending all hope of a Chippewa Hills comeback. Big Rapids ended up coasting to a 38-20 win, thanks to Currie on offense and Justin Miller on defense who had a pair of interceptions off of the Chippewa Hills quarterback Tarbell.

Randle shared his thoughts on his quiet performance after with this to say:

"Played good, didn't run a lot but I feel like I opened up a lot of holes." Randle's final stats included 5 carries for 13 yards and on the defensive side of the ball had 2 tackles and 1 pass break up.

But there was no doubting his impact on the game, and Big Rapids victory over Chippewa Hills put them back in line for a playoff birth.

"It feels amazing winning against our big rival in the last home game of the season. In the rain is football weather, just feels amazing and to come out here and win a trophy, amazing" stated Randle.

After that victory it brings Ben Randle and his Big Rapids team to a 3-3 record after starting the season 0-2. They hope to continue on with their winning ways next week as they battle 5-1 John Glen on the road.

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