Silver Roundup: Panthers Back On Track, Eagles Fly Past Cloud
By N3 Sports Team
Hesperia 54 Holton 6
The Golden Trophy will remain in Hesperia after the Panthers took hold of their matchup with the Red Devils early on and never let go forging a 34-6 halftime lead then scoring three more times in the second half.
The Black Cats amassed 498 yards on the ground averaging 16 yards a carry behind a dominating O-line and...
...scored 6 rushing touchdowns led by Kanin Witte who found pay dirt 3 times while piling up 114 yards. Witte also snared a Brendan MacAree pass for a 4th score.
Gerritt Yates rumbled for an impressive 198 yards on only 7 runs and scored twice, while Gage Balkema collected 85 yards on 9 tries. Sophomore Jake Klemundt took a pitch from MacAree and 58 yards later found the endzone.
Delaney Hussey continued her consistency on conversions nailing 6 of 8 attempts.
Balkema and Witte led the defense with 7 tackles apiece while Yates and Brandon Goins made 5 stops each with Yates picking up a sack. In addition to tossing 3 of 4 passes into the hands of his receivers MacAree was on the receiving end once as well when he picked off a Red Devil pass for an interception.
“This is the team I’ve been waiting for,” said Panther Head Coach Doug Bolles. “We showed up in all facets of the game tonight.”
“We had a great week of practice that carried over into the game,” he added. “It’s always special winning any game but extra special winning this rivalry game and keeping the ‘golden’ trophy where it belongs.”
“The entire coaching staff put in a great effort to get us back on track this week. Offensive Coordinator, Bobby Kraus, Special Teams and line coach Chad Paine, Cregg Bolles, Scott Peters and Jeremy Stevens.”
The Panther are now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the CSAA Silver and will travel to White Cloud next week to take on the Indians. Holton 1-3 and 0-2 in conference play will be hosting Morley Stanwood (3-1, 2-0)
Kent City 54 White Cloud 0
The Cloud traveled to Kent City and found out why the Eagles share first place with the Morley Mohawks.
“We went into last night's game with what we thought was a good game plan.” said Indian Head Coach Dan Ruthven. “Once we took the field there was a sense that this was not the case.”
The Eagles flew past the visitors, controlling the game on both sides of the ball as they held the Indians scoreless and sent them to their second straight loss.
The Cloud’s offense was led by Kevin Arnold whose favorite target on the night was Kevin Atwood. Alex Doke paced the running attack and Isaiah Smith was the leader in kickoff returns.
On the defense Buchanan Seabrook was the leading tackler.
White Cloud (1-3, 0-2) will host Hesperia next week.
“We know the Panthers are a good team and we will have to get ready for them,” added Coach Ruthven.