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Friday, October 6, 2006
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Cretin-Derham Hall
White Bear Lake

Floyd and Raiders Continue to Fly High

By Mark Genosky
St. Paul, MN.

Listen to post-game sound.  It was a windy one out of the football fields Friday night, but Mike Floyd of Cretin-Derham Hall was the real breeze in the Raiders game against White Bear Lake.  He blew by people, and made things look easy in the process.  Floyd only scored once, but his ten catches led to a school-record 228 yards receiving, as Cretin defeated the Bears 28-7 to improve to 6-0 on the season.


“Michael’s unbelievable,” said Cretin head coach Mike Scanlan.  “Joe [Raiders quarterback Joe Springer] is getting the ball where he needs to, but when you get it to Michael you never know what he’s going to do with it.  He has a chance to score from anywhere.”


It took a while before the Michael Floyd show began.  White Bear Lake had a chance to put the Raiders on their heels, but kicked away the opportunity.  White Bear marched down the field on their opening drive and had 3rd and goal from the four before they self destructed.  An illegal procedure penalty made it 3rd and 9, and the Bears ultimately had to settle for a field goal attempt… one that would sail wide left.


“That was big.  It gave our defense a spark.  They had a nice drive going and then to come away with no points, that’s gotta hurt,” said Scanlan.


So Cretin bent, but didn’t break, and then they bounced.  On the drive after the Bears missed field goal, Joe Springer hooked up with Floyd four times… two of them on 3rd and longs that resulted in first downs.  The duo also connected to put Cretin in business down at the Bears 6-yard line.  The drive ended with Shady Salamon diving in from one yard out on a sweep right to make it 7-0 with just under ten minutes to play in the second quarter.


Cretin got the ball back after a three and out, and this time it was Floyd who put the six points on the board.  Springer hit him on a slant for 11-yards, and then on the next play, Floyd hauled in a 29-yard touchdown on the fly pattern to make it 14-0 with 6:54 left in the half.  Mixing up the routes Floyd ran is football 101 for Scanlan.


“We make you look to find him, and that makes it a little harder on the guys on defense.”


White Bear made things tough on their own defense.  They fumbled on the first play of their next possession, Cretin recovered at the Bears 19-yard line, and then made them pay.  Springer found Robbie Lambert with a 6 yard scoring strike and all of a sudden it was 21-0 with 5:58 remaining in the quarter, as Cretin scored three touchdowns in just four minutes.


Floyd made sure Cretin wasn’t done there.  The Raiders got the ball back with two minutes left in the half, and moved the ball down the field in a hurry.  Floyd caught one pass for 34-yards, and then had a catch and run for another 29-yards that had Cretin down to the 15-yard line. 


“He’s just so fast and physical,” Scanlan said as he searched for ways to describe his star wide receiver.  “How often to see a guy like that that can just run away from people and at the same time run through him?”


Salamon finished the drive off with his second touchdown, this one from 5-yards out with forty seconds remaining to make it 28-0.


Darius Green had a lot of green in front of him when he ripped off a 94-yard touchdown run for White Bear in the forth quarter, but that was as good as it would get for the Bears.

Cretin stays perfect, and Scalan feels it’s up to his guys if they want to stay that way.


“Each week we have to decide if we are going to play up to our standard or not, regardless of who we get across the line from us.”


Forest Lake will be the team on the other side of the ball next week for Cretin.  The Rangers had better be aware of the standard that Michael Floyd, and the Raiders, are setting.

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