REED CITY -- A position switch allowed soccer sophomore midfielder Aden Herron to have the game of his life for Big Rapids on Thursday. Herron had five goals and Big Rapids defeated Reed City 8-2 in Central State Activities Association soccer action.

The Cardinals were up 5-1 at halftime. Jason Cosper and Ben Carroll also scored for the Cardinals who were awarded a goal accidentally knocked in by Reed City.

Herron entered the game with six goals to his credit.

"He was able to play in a position he doesn't normally play," Big Rapids coach Justin Fox said. "I played him at forward with John (Spedoske) because John does a good job of keeping the ball. He's now closer to the goal. He was able to get to the end of it."

"I was able to get behind their back line and run through them," Herron said. "I usually play at midfielder. I played striker because one of the players got a red card."

This is Herron's second varsity season.

"At striker, my strength is my speed and my finishing is very good," Herron said. "We're doing good as a team I think we have a good shot (in the state tournament)."

Ethan Maddox scored both goals for Reed City.

"We left our game plan and everything we had been practicing," Reed City coach Chris Maddox said. "They stuck together toward the end. Losing 8-2 is tough but I'm glad we did not get mercied.

"Our team motto is tougher together. But we're leaving that"

The CSAA tournament started on Monday. The Coyotes will play Wednesday and Thursday for sure but won't know until late this week on their opponent.

"The communication and ball control and not giving up attitude when you're down has to be there," Maddox said. "We have to take that next step forward."