Week 5 Football PreviewBy Ken DeLaat
Newaygo at Big Rapids
The Cardinals possess some significant offensive weaponry and they’ve won two in a row but those wins came against teams with a collective record of 0-8. Grant’s defense contained Mr. Repke and Co.as did Cadillac in the opener and the Lion defense is coming off an inspired performance in last week’s shutout of Central Montcalm.
It’s another tough road game for Coach Van Essen’s Lions and it’s a big one for both squads because whoever loses is going to find the pathway to the postseason pretty formidable.
Looks to be a close one and keeping the Cardinal qb from making big plays will be crucial for the visitors.
Grant at Chippewa Hills
I know, I know, CH sits atop the standings with Reed City and they’re heading for a big showdown next week. We get it, but the Warriors would be wise to remain wary here. The Tigers got taken out early against a rugged Reed City team and Chip Hills has won 3 in a row but they’ve also yielded plenty of points and don’t possess the smothering Coyote defense the Tigers faced last week.
Keeping the hosts off the field is vital and Grant needs to score when given the opportunity. The upside is the Warrior defense can be sporadic and provide those opportunities. If the Tigers can take advantage and shake off last week’s first half…...
Fremont at Central Montcalm
The Packers seem to have found some offense beyond Riley Krim and the Hornet defense has yielded 82 points their past two games while scoring just 8. The Streak is 22 and the date of this game is the 22nd so perhaps the stars have aligned for this one, but who knows which CM team will take the field; the squad who came back to beat TC and gave undefeated Morley Stanwood fits before falling short or the team who got slammed the past two weeks?
Tri County at Reed City
The Vikings are the other team in the Gold without a win but they know how to put points on the board and had close calls against Big Rapids and CM. Winning this one will be tough though because the Coyote defense has held their last three opponents to less than 9 points a game.
Of course there was the 48 Montague dropped on them in the opener but no one has held the potent Wildcat offense under that number this season.
White Cloud at Hesperia
The Proud Panthers have been to the playoffs the past two seasons but this year won’t be number three unless they run the table….a table that includes the four time defending state champs (Muskegon CC) who a have won 29 of their last 30 games...and even then they would need a little luck to get in with 5 wins.
For the Cloud the upside is that the offense has scored their last two times out, however on the flip side, opponents are finding the endzone 7-8 times a game and the Indians don’t possess the kind of offense to keep pace with that. Look for Panthers Kanin Witte and Gerrit Yates to run wild.
Hesperia is working through a disappointing season thus far with two overtime losses and an unexpected yielding of the Golden Trophy after being up 2 touchdowns in the rivalry game with Holton. Despite having an identical record to White Cloud at 0-4 this is not an 0-4 team and they will be ready to show that Friday in front of their fans. Could be a rough night on the road for Coach Hance’s team.
Oh yeah, and it’s Homecoming as well.
Coyotes Strike Early To Defeat Tigers
Grant toppled from unbeaten ranks
By Christi Evans
Photos By Chris Lesley
Grant was rocked back on their heels when Reed City took the opening play from scrimmage all the way to the end zone. Another Reed City TD in the first quarter and an interception in the second and the Coyotes were up 24-0 at the half.
A few good runs and pass receptions from the Tigers sprinkled throughout the game and a TD reception from Trent Throop to Jagarr Jenerou to start the second half were bright spots for the Tigers. Midway through the third James Montney intercepted a Reed City pass and ran it in for the score but it was called back on a penalty.
Grant again had the opportunity to score early in the fourth but the ball was fumbled and was recovered by Reed City. In the end the Coyotes prevailed, handing the host Tigers their first loss of the season.
Reed City improves to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the CSAA Gold, and Grant drops to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Gold. The Tigers will work to rebound with a win on the road next week at Remus Chippewa Hills while Reed City hosts Tri County
Football Roundup: Lions Blast Hornets; Pack, Cloud, Vikes Fall ShortBR 55 Fremont 21
Kane Weilding scored on a 2 yard first quarter run for the Pack and Parker Dalson found the end zone from 3 yards out in the second, but the game reached halftime with the Cardinals holding a 34-14 edge and they chalked up another 3 scores after intermission o cruise to the win.
The Packers got their final points when Dakota Burns pulled in a 7 yard pass from Caleb Koomen. Zane Stroven ran in a pair of two point conversions for the hosts.
Fremont (0-3, 0-4) will travel to Stanton Friday to take on Central Montcalm (1-2, 1-3). The Cardinals (2-1, 2-2) host Newaygo.
Kent City 62 White Cloud 12
The Indians hosted an undefeated Kent City team that has been mowing down opponents with a potent offensive attack. The Eagles found the end zone 9 times and continued their quest for a conference title with the win.
Buck Seabrook was the leading rusher for the Indians with 119 yards on 7 carries while scoring oth touchdowns for the hosts..Seabrook also led the defense with 11 tackles.
Tucker Kooman added 9 tackles for the Indians (0-2, 0-4) who will trave down One Mile Rd to take on the Hesperia Panthers (0-2,0-4).
Newaygo 42 Central Montcalm 0
The Lions stuffed the Hornet offense while the offense put on a show for the hometown fans.
Newaygo (1-2,2-2) will visit Big Rapids (2-1,2-2) Friday.
Chippewa Hills 42 Tri County 20
The Vikings continue to look for their first win of the season after falling to a powerful Warrior team Friday night at home. The schedule doesn’t look to get any easier as TC (0-3,0-4) will head to Reed City to face the Coyotes who share the conference lead with the Warriors.