Devils swat Hornets for Regional crown
Forget the way the regular season ended. Set aside the idea that Holton has never advanced this far. Clear some room in the trophy case.
The Red Devils are Regional Champs and will be facing the undefeated Reading Raiders in Battle Creek to see who gets a an up close tour of Ford Field come Thanksgiving weekend.
The shovels came out early this morning to clear the snow covered field with game temperatures hovering around the freezing mark and soon after the Red Devils grinded out a rugged 14-6 win propelling them into the semifinals as they continue to explore uncharted postseason territory.
Coach Jack Nummerdor: “What a wonderful ride! Defense played big today. Kaleb Kitchka did a great job in the film room and it showed today. He was in their playbook and had a very impressive day. Offensively we did enough to get out with a win. We will celebrate for a short period of time and get back at it for next week’s game with Reading.”
Kitchka led an inspired Devil defensive effort as he tallied 14 tackles and twice slapped the brakes on Hornet drives by picking a pair of passes.
Mitch Ross finished with 10 tackles, Draven Wyant, Johnny Dominish, Austin Hawkins each had 9 and Dominick Murphy collected 8.
Hawkins and Drew Trygstad each found the endzone in the first half to stake Holton to the lead and it proved to be all the offense they needed.
Hawkins finished with 66 yards while Aaron Heron and Derek Pouch each ran for 32.
Now the Red Devils will begin preparing for yet another trip south. They will meet the Raiders at Harper Creek High School at 1pm this Saturday
This team has enjoyed the support of an adoring community during this season and on Saturday afternoon they gave them a gift in return.
They not only achieved the improbable by bringing a game back to their home field and their hometown.
They won that final home game and are once again, moving on.