Panthers Pounce Early, Often At Cloud
N3 Sports Team
Hesperia ran away from the Indians Friday night building a 29-0 lead by halftime and cruising to their second win in a row.
“Defensively we really stepped up tonight,” said Panther Head Coach Doug Bolles. “We were more aggressive and put a lot of pressure on WC with our style of play.”
The Black Cats scored on...
...the ground, in the air, on a punt return, a recovered fumble, and a safety as they ran their record to 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in the CSAA Silver.
Once again senior captain Gage Balkema stood out for us on defense with another all-around performance and his solid leadership on the field,” added Coach Bolles.
“Kanin Witte does things in all facets of the game. He led us in rushing tonight, scored on a punt return and had a pick while leading our defense in the secondary.”
Witte finished with 114 yards gained and a pair of rushing TD’s plus the punt return score and Gerritt Yates piled up 91 yards, scored once on the ground and caught a Brendan MacAree pass for a second TD. Balkema gained 51 yards and Jake Klemundt added another 50 for the Panthers.
Defensively, Junior Kevin Schooley had a scoop and score 37 yard TD run on a fumble recovery from a sack by Gerritt Yates, but later went down with a knee injury.
“Early indications are not good and he could be out for a while, “said Coach Bolles.”That would be a big blow to our line.”
“Kevin is a great kid both on and off the field and you hate to see something like this happen to anyone.”
Balkema who led all Panther tacklers with 8 also had a big defense stop early in the game that resulted in a tackle for loss and a safety. Triston Rubin collected 7 tackles and Balkema and Witte each had an interception.
“We've got the job done the last two weeks, now we have two tough opponents coming to our place over the next two weeks and we'll go back to work at practice on Monday and prepare to come to battle,” added Coach Bolles. “Hopefully the hard work will pay off with victories as we move forward. Nothing is going to be handed to us, it's all going to be earned, but my guys will be ready,”
“I can promise you that.”
Morley Stanwood 49 Holton 14
Lakeview 25 Kent City 20
Morley Stanwood sits atop the conference with a 3-0 record; Hesperia, Lakeview and Kent City are all at 2-1 with White Cloud and Holton posting 0-3 marks.