Tigers, Lions Triumph; Cloud Falls To Red Devils
Grant 42, Tri County 6
Story by Christi Evans
Photos by Chris Lesley
Grant improved to 4-2 as they handed the Tri-County Vikings their 6th straight loss and spoiling the Vikings’ Homecoming.
The Tigers spread the scoring out with four different players getting into the end zone, scoring once in the first quarter, twice in the second, twice in the third, and once in the fourth. Kicker Tyler Naffziger was 6-6 on PAT’s.
Halfway through the first quarter the Tiger defense forced a Viking fumble, which was recovered by Grant’s Chase Lowry, who ran the ball into Viking territory. The change of possession set the Tigers up to score. Trent Throop called his own number, running down to the 1 yard line. On the next snap, Throop once again kept the ball and finished what he had started, scoring the Tigers’ first touchdown.
Second quarter scoring came from Jared Evans on a 17 yard run with 4 minutes left in the half, and then after Tri County turned the ball back over on downs, the Tiger’s next drive ended in a 68 yard touchdown reception from Throop to Josh Wright. The Vikings were unable to convert and turned the ball over again. But they quickly got it back as a punt return was mishandled and the ball recovered by the Vikings. As the second quarter ran out, Tri County put together a quick drive, culminating in a 30 yard pass for a touchdown. The PAT missed, wide left. The Tigers headed into the locker room at the half, leading the Vikings 21-6.
Grant continued to play a dominant game as they came out in the third quarter, scoring on an 8 yard run from Evans and a Jaggar Jenerou interception which set up a 16 yard scoring pass from Throop to Alex Longcore.
Three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Tigers added one more touchdown to their scoring for the night, with a Throop pass to Josh Wright for 26 yards, and a successful PAT by Naffziger.
The Tigers combined for 424 total yards of offense, with 196 passing and 228 rushing. The Vikings combined for 226 total yards of offense, with 53 yards passing and 173 yards rushing. Grant will travel to Fremont next week with their sights set on improving to 5-2 and getting one game closer to punching their ticket for the post-season. Tri County will travel to Newaygo.
Newaygo 48 Fremont 12
Connor Swinehart hit Anthony Hudson with a pass halfway through the first quarter to open the scoring then in the second quarter Zachary Rodriguez broke loose for a 48 yard TD. By halftime the Lions had run off 27 points as Swinehart ran one in from 6 and Cooper Heinzman followed with a 10 yard run before intermission.
The Packers got on the board after the break when Caleb Koomen hit Riley Krim but Newaygo responded with two more scores in the quarter as Heinzman and Swinehart each found the endzone. Koomen ran one in for the second Fremont tally in the 4th and Lion Kade Bhuyan ended the scoring when he broke loose for a 40 yard scoring run in the final minutes.
The Lions will look to keep their 3 game winning streak going when they host Tri County Friday.
Holton 41 White Cloud 8
Holton began the game with a successful onside kick and marched to the end zone for the game’s first score on the way to a Red Devil win as White Cloud could not mount a successful drive until the 4th quarter.
Kevin Arnold was 5-11 for 56 yards with one interception. Arnold scored the lone Indian score on a 2 yard run. Alex Doke was the Indian's leading rusher gaining 58 yards on 8 attempts. Eric Plotts was the leading receiver for the Indians with 3 catches for 48 yards.
White Cloud travels to Morley Stanwood to face the Mohawks Friday.
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