Vikings, Packers, Lions fall short. Tigers go 3-0
Big Rapids 28 Tri County 24
These teams have played some tight games in recent years and Friday was no exception.
An Aaron Repke pass to Jackob Martinson and a Dorian Martin run gave the host Cardinals a 13-0 advantage halfway through the first quarter. The Viking defense stiffened and Cayden Luchies found Kyle Proctor for a 50 yard touchdown strike followed by a two point conversion pass from Bryce Hallman to Proctor and the teams headed for intermission with BR up 13-8.
TC struck first in the third as Tanner Ching capped a Viking drive with a 5 yard run to daylight to put TC up 14-13.
A Deion Jones TD followed by a quick turnover and Jayden Mason run put the Cards up 28-14 with 6 minutes left on the clock. The Vikes came back to score a pair on a blocked punt in the 4th then as time was winding down Luchies hit Proctor for another touchdown but time was not on the Viking’s side and they slipped to 0-3 on the season and 0-2 in Gold play.
Ching finished with 84 yards to lead the team in rushing, Luchies completed 5 passes on the night and Mathieu Flintoff paced the defense with 6 tackles
TC hosts Chippewa Hills(2-1, 2-0) next Friday and Big Rapids (1-2, 1-1)will travel to Fremont.
Reed City 56 Fremont 7
The Coyotes ran wild as their vaunted offensive line blew open holes in the Packer line allowing their teammates to pile up 488 yards on the ground with Phillip Jones tallying 222 of those yards along with 5 touchdowns.
The hosts took a 14-0 lead after one then scored three times in the second before Fremont got on the board with a Caleb Koomen pass to Riley Krim with less than two minutes left in the half. Krim converted and that was all the scoring the Pack would see on the night.
The Coyote defense stuffed the run allowing just 56 yards including 25 to Zane Stroven and 23 to Parker Dalsen. Koomen completed 5 passes 2 to Krim 2 to Dalson and one to Cody Moon.
On defense Kane Wilding led the team in tackles with 12.
Fremont (0-3, 0-2) will host the Cardinals of Big Rapids (1-2, 1-1) next Friday
Chippewa Hills 34 Newaygo 19
The Warriors struck early scoring on a 76 yard, 5 play opening drive to take a 7-0 lead after the conversion but the Lions came back in a hurry responding with a 45 yard scoring pass from Connor Swinehart to Anthony Hudson to make it 7-6 after a failed conversion attempt.
A confident CH offense gambled on a 4th and 1 deep in their own territory and the Lion defense stood up to the challenge denying the first down and allowing Swineheart the chance to scamper 10 yards for the score and a 12-7 lead.
Koronte Lowery promptly sped 90 yards on the ensuing kickoff to put the lead back in the Warrior side 15-12.
Newaygo cam back on their next possession and finished the scoring drive with a 1 yard dive from Swinehart for a 19-15 edge after a successful conversion.
The Warriors weren’t done though scoring twice before the half to hit the break with a 28-19 lead.
The CH defense kept the Lions out of the endzone in the second half and scored again to seal the game.
Newaygo (1-2, 0-2) will host Central Montcalm (1-2, 1-1) next Friday with Chip Hills heading for Tri County.
Grant 41 Central Montcalm 8
Morley Stanwood 22 Hesperia 8
Kent City 34 Holton 6