Warriors Keep Lions Winless
Story and photos by Alexis Mercer
Yard by yard, the Chippewa Hills Warriors pulled away from the Newaygo Lions.
None of the ground gained by either the Chippewa Hills Warriors or the Newaygo Lions Varsity football teams were “easy yards” this evening in the contest held at Newaygo’s field. Both teams battled on the ground and in the air for the win; but the Warriors came out on top with a final score of 39-12.
The first series, Chip Hills came out with adrenaline pumping. A few plays gained minimal yards, but...
...a 20-yard breakout run by number 20, David Spedowski, provided the momentum needed to score. This is a name the Lions won’t soon forget, as it was being called from the pressbox nearly every play all night long. The extra point was good, and the Warriors were quickly up 7-0.
The Lions first series did not go as well, ending in a quick 4 and out.
As if to prove they were here and meant business, the Chippewa Hills offense pulled together for another quick scoring drive. Showing their versatility, the quarterback, number 9, junior Cade Schafer threw one pass and handed off another. Down on the three yard line, Spedowski ran in for the Warriors second touchdown. The extra point was good, putting Chip Hills up 14-0 with 5:55 left in the 1st quarter.
Just as fans were starting to wonder if the Lions would show up, they pulled out a gigantic play: a 46 yard pass from junior quarterback Dalton Jones to Cooper Heinzman. This put the Lions on the 3 yard line, and Heinzman was given the chance to finish his drive, scoring 6 for the Lions. The attempted 2-point conversion was broken up in the corner of the end zone, so the Lions settled for a score of 14-6 with 2:41 left in the first.
The 2nd quarter proved just as exciting. The Lions came out scoring after a pass connected from Jones to senior Jamie Pike. Andrew Goodin attempted to run in the 2 point conversion, but his legs were cut out from under him at the ½ yard line, putting the Lions down 12-14 with 8:38 in the 2nd.
Chippewa Hills wasn’t about to let the score remain close going into the half. They scored two more times before the buzzer rang to hit the locker room. Devin Mulder battled his way across the goal line for the first of the two touchdowns. And then a 40 yard pass from Schafer to senior Spencer Mackenzie put the Warriors up 27 to 12.
The second half was all Chippewa Hills despite a few exciting plays from the Lions. The Warriors’ Spedowski ran one up the middle in the 3rd quarter and ran in for another 6 in the 4th.
Chippewa Hills goes into week 4 with a 3-0 record. They will play Tri-County on their own field.
The Lions are now 0-3 heading into next week, when they face off at Central Montcalm looking for their first win.