Pack, Panthers, Lions Win While Tigers Fall Short and Vikes Get Blitzed
By Ken DeLaat
There were a few more post game smiles in Fremont and Hesperia after the Packers and Panthers each picked up their first win of the season. For the Packers the victory ended a grueling losing streak that extended back to the final game of the 2014 season and marked their first win as a member of the CSAA Gold conference. The Panthers ensured there would not be a repeat of last season with the win on the road in White Cloud where the Indians are struggling on both ends of the ball.
Grant nearly pulled off a win against the enigmatic Warrior team and Reed City continued to pound opponents into submission in their quest for an 8th straight conference crown defeating the Vikings at TC.Newaygo clipped the Cardinals to keep hopes alive for a playoff berth while the stage was set for a clash between Silver leaders when the Mohawks cooled off the Devils and the Eagles flew past the Wildcats.
Chippewa Hils 27 Grant 25
The Warriors struck first when Dylan Sharp found his the big target tight end Mitchell Kuzma downfield for a 23 yard TD off the heels of an interception and following the conversion CH took a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter after a few exchanges of possession the Tigers took advantage of a fumble with the ball jumping into the hands of Trevor Lowry who ran it to the 30 with another 15 tacked on for a Chip Hills penalty, one of several personal foul infractions the visitors drew on the night.Chase Lowry then hit Billy Ostyn who took it in for for 6 and after the PAT by Jessie Mattice it was 7 all.
The Warriors struck back quickly with a big play to drive deep into Tiger territory before the other member of their quarterback tandem Ty Jose took it in from a yard out to make it 14-7 after the conversion.
The Warriors looked to take command of the game as they took advantage of another interception to push the ball deep into Tiger territory but a pass that looked to be heading for paydirt was picked off when Chase Lowery stepped in front of the Warrior receiver for an interception and a touchback.
Lowery then put his arm to work hitting Jarod Howell on a key third and long play, finding Ostyn again for 10 yards then going back to Howell who took the ball to the one. From there Chase Lowery followed his line in for the score but the extra point attempt failed and the Warriors held the lead at 14-13.
The Warriors again struck back in a hurry with a bomb from Sharp to Koronte Lowery to go up 21-13 at intermission.
After the break the teams exchanged possessions including an interception by Howell. The next Tiger scoring drive featured a trio of passes from Lowry to Howell the last being a 20 yard TD strike. The Tigers went for 2 but were stopped leaving the score at 21-19.
The Warriors went deep in the red zone again but a pair of huge tackles by Brett Long and Isaiah Powell stopped them.
The Tigers were still 90 yards away with 2:48 on the clock but an interception by CH was followed by a quick touchdown but the extra point to put the proved unsuccessful and the Tigers had one more shot trailing 27-19.
It took just 15 seconds for Grant to respond.
The kickoff and a penalty put the Tigers at midfield and another catch by Howell and yet another key penalty on the Warriors moved them inside the red zone where Lowry found Ostyn again this time for an 18 yard score and a shot at a tie.
Unfortunately the pass play for 2 did not succeed and the game ground to an end with the Tigers coming up just short.
Despite four first half turnovers the Tiger defense kept the Warriors within reach and down just one score at the half. Powell led the inspired defensive effort with a game high dozen tackles. Chase Lowry added 8 tackles to his 3 touchdown passes on the other end of the ball and added a reception of his own, the touchdown saving interception.Howell finished with 10 receptions from Lowry and 1 from the opposing qb to go with his 6 tackles.
Grant, now 2-2 and 1-2 in the Gold will host Tri County on Friday.
Fremont 26 Central Montcalm 12
When the Bees scored on a big play early in the game it looked like it might be another long night for the Packers.
But they were at home and hungry to break a lengthy losing streak. They responded with a drive ending with an 11 yard run for 6 by Christian Kennedy and when Wyatt Kaastra hi the extra point through the uprights it gave Fremont a lead they would not relinquish.
Kane Widing ran one in from 5 out just before the end of the first quarter and Kaastra converted again to make it 14-6. Central Montcalm struck back early in the second with a Teague Stander run from 6 yards out but the attempt for 2 fell short to make it 14-12 Fremont at intermission.
The Pack would find the end zone twice more in the second half both by Zane Stroven who was on the receiving end of a Cody Andree pass for one score in the 3rd then followed it up in the 4th with a 15 yard run to cap the scoring on the night.
More importantly the Packer defense that has struggled thus far this season rose to the occasion shutting out the Hornets in the second half.
Fremont now 1-3 and 1-2 in conference play will host Newaygo on Friday.
Newaygo 21 Big Rapids 14
In a game that both teams needed to stay alive in the conference race the Lions prevailed evening their season record to 2-2 and joining a cluster of teams sitting a game behind league leading Reed City at 2-1. The Lions will visit Fremont Friday to take on the Packers
Hesperia 54 White Cloud 0
The Panthers took a season and a half of frustration out on the Cloud when they exploded for 4 second quarter touchdowns and followed up after intermission by posting another 24 points.
Owen Kowalski and Cameron Follett each scored on the ground while Jacob Klemundt caught a pair of scoring passes from Logan Balkema. Kaiden Robbins put some points up for the defense when he ran a recovered fumble into the end zone. Balkema and Johnny Segura led the Panther tacklers.
For The Cloud, Adrian Rodriguez was 5 for 7 passing for 55 total yards with Steven Holt catching 2 for 35 yards. Garret Ebert and Tucker Kooman led the defense with 9 tackles each. Delton Dowling added 8 stops and freshman Levi Graham had 7 tackles.
The Panthers now 1-3 and 1-1 in Silver play picked up their first win on the field since midway through the 2016 season when they shut out Lakeview the team they will host next Friday. White Cloud 0-4, and 0-2 in conference play will travel to Holton to face the Red Devils.
Reed City 57 Tri County 6
The battle for first place turned into a rout Friday as the point-a-minute Coyotes ran all over the Viking defense piling up the yards and the points early on in the matchup of Gold leaders.
The Vikes had no answer for Philip Jones-Price who amassed 247 yards on 12 carries and scored a third of the time he touched the ball finishing with 4 touchdowns.
Undefeated Reed City continues to mow through their schedule and will go on the road again Friday, this time to face Chippewa Hills.
Tri County now 2-1 on the season and 2-1 in the Gold will head over to Grant to take on the Tigers
Morley Stanwood 21 Holton 8
The Mohawk defense proved to be too much for the Red Devils as the visitors held Holton down while scoring three times in the first half.Aaron Herron scored the lone Devil touchdown but by then the Mohawks were in control and picked up their third win of the season.
The Mohawk victory sets up a clash between the two top teams in the Silver Friday when Kent City comes calling in Morley
Kent City 43 Lakeview 6
The Eagles ran their regular season winning streak to 17 games with a thumping of the Wildcats. Gio Weeks raced for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns adding a 66 yard punt return for another 6 points.
The Eagles now 4-0 and 2-0 in the Silver will fly north to face Morley Stanwood Friday.
Hesperia 3 Kent City 1
Hesperia took the first two sets (26-24, 25-16) before dropping the third despite a furious Rachel Romero led rally. The Panthers regrouped to post a 25-20 win in the fourth to deliver another conference win and keep them atop the Silver standings with a 4-0 mark.
Allison Homfeld led the team in aces firing 4 past the Eagle squad while Emily Bayle added 3 more. Bayle also paced the Panther attack in kills posting 16, Alyssa Miller knocked down 11 and Isabelle Rumsey and Romero each finished with 8.
Kyra Sayer tallied a team high 27 assists and Aria Thomas finished with 13.
On the defensive end Bayle collected 16 digs, Miller added 11 and Bayle and Romero each had a solo block.
The Panthers are 17-4 overall and will be hosting the Mohawks of Morley Stanwood next Wednesday with hopes of keeping the conference win streak alive.
Grant 3 Reed City 0
The Tigers swept past Reed City with three convincing set wins (25-14, 25-13, 25-13) to pick up their second straight conference win and improve their overall record to 20-7-1.
Olivia Keelean and Kylie Patton led the team with 8 kills apiece while Catherine Geers and Kendall Wilkerson each added 6 and Megan Wegener and Ashley Longcore finishing with 4. Nicole Whan's 36 assists were coupled with her team-leading 10 digs. Keelean posted 7digs and Jill Arends added 5. Keelean led the team with 5 service aces while Kirstyn Throop added 4.
The Tigers continue conference play next Tuesday with a visit to Remus to take on Chippewa Hills.
By Ken DeLaat
Last week all the local teams were on the road save Hesperia who hosted their down-the-road rivals from Holton. This week they’re all at home except for the Panthers who travel east a bit to face the Cloud. There are some tough matchups this week and a couple that might help sort out who the frontrunners are in the Gold and Silver.
So get to a game. These student athletes put it all out there on the field and deserve a little support from their home towns.
Big Rapids at Newaygo
A most intriguing game with two teams that are looking to climb into the conference conversation. Each offense put 60+ points on the board last week as the Cards ran rampant over the Packers last week after a loss to the Vikings and the Lions took out the frustration felt from the debacle against Chip Hills on the Hornets.
The winner will keep title hopes alive and if Newaygo falls short the road to any playoff possibility gets significantly rougher. The Lion defense needs to show up and show up big. The offense should be able to find their way into the endzone though not without a battle.
Chippewa Hills at Grant
Are the Vikings that good or did the Warriors simply lay an egg at home last week? Their meet-up with Newaygo did not reveal much of a running game and the air attack while effective had more to do with a secondary seemingly caught off guard that night.TC slammed the door on both in their victory last week.
Grant had it handed to them against the ‘Yotes who feast on opportunities and were given far too many last week,.
Who regroups here? The Tigers play well at home and who knows which Warrior team will show up? Take away a last second miracle win in Newaygo and they are 0-3.
If Grant can grab an early lead and keep CH playing catch-up they should be able to force a few mistakes. The Warriors can do some damage by floating a few of those big gain passes so shutting them down early will be important.
The Tigers don’t possess the depth of last years team and they have never beaten the Warriors in 8 tries. Here’s hoping that doesn’t become 9.
Central Montcalm at Fremont
Two teams searching for a win.
In 4 years of high school Fremont seniors have yet to experience their team posting a varsity victory and fans are hungry for a win.
The Bees have only one ‘W’in the last 10 games and it was courtesy of the Packers.
While CM has been able to stay in games (at least prior to last week’s shellacking by the Lions) Fremont has dug themselves early holes with an inability to contain the offense (and special teams) from the other side.
Fremont has the tools and talent to score points but the offense is going to need the defense to give them a little breathing room to be effective against the Hornets.
This might be the best opportunity for the hosts to break the streak but if the visitors score a couple of early TD’s it could be another long night in Packerville.
Reed City at Tri County
Are the Vikings for real? They haven’t made the playoffs since 2004 and after a one win season TC wasn’t expected to make a lot of noise in the Gold but, sheesh, they took out a good Cardinal team and a puzzling Warrior team in successive weeks after dropping the opener to Lakeview and the Wildcats nearly clipped the Mohawks of Morley last week.
This week though they face a Coyote team that has thus far had their way on the field outscoring the opposition by over 100 points after three games.
The Vikes are at home which will help some but they will likely need to play error free, opportunistic football through four quarters if they are to sit atop the Gold standing alone after Friday.
Morley Stanwood at Holton
When Holton won last week it was the first time since 1999 the team has begun the season 3-0. That year they actually peeled off 6 wins in a row, the 6th being against the Mohawks and propelling the Devils to the conference (WWAC Central) crown and a playoff berth.
The last time they beat MS the Holton seniors were in middle school.
Ok , so much for history.
This year the Mohawks are relying heavily on a rugged defense that has held opponents in check while their offense has scored enough to win 2 of 3.
I like the Red Devils chances here. They have some playmakers and are ready exorcise a few old demons, break the losing streak to the ‘Hawks and nudge themselves closer to punching a playoff ticket for the first time in over a decade.
Hesperia at White Cloud
Something’s gotta give here. Both teams are looking to get off the schneid and grab that elusive first win. Neither teams are rife with numbers and we’re entering the mid season when another injury or two could take a major toll on teams that are thin to begin with.
The game is in the Cloud which will help the Indians but they have only scored 16 points in 3 games. The Panthers have put up just 26 in their trio of matchups but the defense of the Cloud is not the caliber of the Hesperia ‘D’. This one will likely be decided by who can finish with the least turnovers something that has plagued both squads.
Other CSAA games
Kent City at Lakeview
Lakeview is 1-2 but those losses were against a powerhouse Lake City squad and a 2 point loss to Morley on the road. They also have a win against what has been proven to be a very good Tri County team.
But they’re playing Kent City a really really good team and a lot would have to go their way at home to have a shot at breaking the Eagles 16 game regular season winning streak.
That last loss in September of 2016?
Fremont has tallied a 15-0 advantage in the last two games following a second straight blanking of a conference rival. This time the victim was Tri County as the Packers once again got on the board early and often.
Cole Miller opened the scoring off an assist from Preston Osterhart then Miller returned the favor setting up Osterhart to make it 2-0. Wyatt VanBoven kept the onslaught going sending a shot into the nets followed by an Ivan Coppola goal then Cole Miller struck paydirt again with Jaxx Miller assisting to finish the first half scoring.
The Packers got two more in the second stanza with Cole Roesler taking a Carter Moon pass and burying it before Cole Miller capped off his hat trick with Fremont’s final goal of the match.
Joe Kortge pitched the shutout in goal.
The Packers remain undefeated in league play with a 5-0 mark. They will travel to Newaygo for a showdown game with a Lion team that has also been piling up the early season wins.
On Saturday, the Lady Indians earned the title of Back to Back Champs for the Zion Christian Invitational. They defeated Maple Valley in the semi-finals and Martin in the finals. Leading servers were Alexis Strait with 43 points and 18 aces followed by Cassie Watson with 39 points and 11 aces. The offense was led by Olivia Bowman with 23 kills awhile Hailey Clifford and Strait finished with 15 apiece. Clifford and Watson also led the team with 5 blocks each. Strait helped run the offense with 73 assists. Defense was led by Bowman with 45 digs.
The Cloud will host Morley Stanwood on Wednesday night.
The Packers blitzed the nets firing in 8 goals past the Coyote defense enroute to a shutout win.
Cole Miller scored the first two goals of the evening with Preston Osterhart providing the assist on both. Osterhart then set up a goal by Wyatt VanBoven before Cole Miller notched the hat trick with his third tally of the half , this one on a Conner Roesler assist.
With a 4-0 score in hand and time left in the first half the Pack picked up a pair of unassisted goals off the feet of Ivan Coppola and Carter Moon before Roesler took a Jaxx Miller pass and buried it to make the score 7-0 at intermission.
MHSAA rules dictate that any match that reaches an 8 goal differential after the first half constitutes a win.. Five minutes into the second half Lucas Johnson ended the match with a goal to give Fremont their 4th straight conference win without a loss. Joe Kortge recorded the shutout in goal for Fremont
The Packers will travel to Tri County HS on Wednesday to face the Vikings.
Panthers take first at Montabella
The Panthers started the day by winning 6 sets in pool play putting them on top of their group for the morning round. Moving to brackets, the Panthers faced off against the #2 seed Meridian, beating them 25-12, 25-23. while Central Montcalm #1 in the opposite pool got past Shepherd to set the stage for the showdown in the finals.
The opening game was a seesaw battle extending into overtime play with the Panthers outlasting the Hornets and pulling off a 28-26 win. The second set proved to be another close encounter with Hesperia emerging from the fray with a 25-22 advantage giving them the win and the tournament trophy to take home.
“The girls played well both offensively and defensively today,” said Coach Monica Grimard. ”They held strong when the games were close and played well, beating a very tough Central Montcalm team in the finals.”
The Panthers were led offensively by Emily Bayle with 31 kills and Alyssa Miller with 23 kills. Isabelle Rumsey and Rachel Romero also added to the Panther attack with 15 and 13 kills respectively on the day. Setters Kyra Sayer had 45 assists and Aria Thomas had 36 assists. Allison Homfeld had the most aces with 5, while Miller, Rumsey, and Cara Frees each added 4 aces.
Defensively, Miller led with 37 digs and Emily Bayle with 36 digs. Bayle added 3 blocks, along with Rumsey with 2.
The 5-0 record today brings the Panther season total to 16-4.
Hesperia will face off against the Kent City Eagles, at home, on Wednesday, September 12th.
Harriers Compete at Hill and Bale
Story and photos by Alexis Mercer
In the first cool weather Saturday of the cross country season, 22 schools attended the Hill and Bale Invite in Fremont. Teams were split up into two divisions based on school enrollment.
From Newaygo County, Fremont, Grant and Newaygo competed in the large schools division. Hesperia and White Cloud raced in the small school division. Many middle school teams competed in their own races in addition to the high school divisions.
In an early season twist to the traditional 5k high school race, at the Hill and Bale, runners hurdle, vault, launch, step and sometimes crawl over a series of stacked bales of hay. It takes a skill unfamiliar to most runners to find ways over the bales of hay without crashing and most importantly, without slowing down the pace!
Full results can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=144172&show=all
Fremont boys won the large school division as a team. Top five runners included Nathan Walker (1st), Ben Paige (6th), Conor Somers (7th), Joshua Zerfas (9th), and Adam Ward (11th).
Fremont girls won the large school division as a team as well. Top five runners included Hannah Hamilton (1st), Kendra Fowler (3rd), Leah Converse (4th), Samantha Schmidt (6th) and Annika Tuls (13th).
Grant’s top finisher for the boys was Colten Covington (2nd). Spencer Cole (8th) rounded out the medalists for the Tigers.
Grant’s top finisher and medalist for the girls was Elizabeth Gates in 5th place.
Newaygo’s first place runner for the boys was Ryan Brummel, finishing in 15th.
The top two runners for the Lions were Sophia Frisbie (10th) and Kate Haan (11th).
In the small school division, Hesperia’s top finisher was Chris Stapel for the boys and Becca Castillo (6th) for the girls.
White Cloud boys finished 3rd place overall as a team with Reginald Richmond finishing 1st and Adrian Rodriguez 7th.
The girls team for White Cloud came in 2nd place to Western Michigan Christian. Ella Bowman was the first runner to cross the line in 8th place.
Vikings D pillages Warriors, ‘Yotes show firepower against Tigers, Giving Devils their due, Lions come out roaring, Eagles too much for Cloud, Packers score on both sides of the ball but not enough to rein in Cards
Tri County 12 Chippewa Hills 0
Tanner Ching crossed the goal line twice and the Viking defense delivered a shutout to give Tri County an early share of the top spot in the Gold.
The other team? Reed City who will be paying the Vikes a visit next friday.
"I’m so proud of our players and coaches,” said Coach Phil Butler They put in a ton of effort this week and it paid off. So many individual efforts to make one great team effort"
Coming off an improbable win at Newaygo and playing at home for the first time this season the Warriors were counting on their explosive offense to provide the kind of quick strike scoring that sent them to a win over the Lions.
Unfortunately it fizzled.
The key turnovers and untimely penalties that plagued Newaygo last week were taken up by the Warriors and combined with a showcase defensive effort by TC resulted in a Viking victory.
Ching finished with 33 carries for 135 yards while teammate Bryce Hallman pulled in 4 catches for 106 yards.
Chippewa Hills (1-1, 1-2) returns to action at Grant next week while Tri County(2-0, 2-1) will welcome in the Coyotes (2-0, 3-0).
Reed City 50 Grant 7
The Coyotes ran up a 30-0 advantage by intermission on their way to their 26th consecutive conference win and a 3-0 record to start the season.
The Coyote defense smothered the Tiger run game and limited any air attack as well as they took control early and never let go. The Tiger offense could get no traction whatsoever in the first half and finally got on the board when Chase Lowery hit Billy Ostyn for a 32 yard score late in the game.
Grant will look to get back on the winning track when they host Chippewa Hills (1-1, 1-2) Friday night.
Holton 20 Hesperia 6
The Red Devils came to Hesperia with the Golden Football in hand and later left town still in possession of the traveling trophy that goes to the winner of this annual rivalry game.
Drew Trygstad broke a 0-0 tie with a 4th down sneak from the 1. The conversion failed and the scoring ended for the remainder of the half as intermission saw the visitors holding a 6-0 lead,
The Panthers put together a drive early in the third culminating in a 4 yard touchdown run by Logan Pearson. The hosts did not convert and the score settled at 6-6.
Early in the 4th Trygstad found paydirt again then ran in the 2 point conversion for a 14-6 Holton lead.
Hesperia answered with a drive that stalled in Devil territory. Holton put on a time consuming drive that ended with an Aaron Herron touchdown run to make it 20-6.
Pearson led Panther rushers with 158 tards while Logan Balkema led the defense with 13 tackles followed by Johnny Segura who tallied 8.
Holton is now 3-0 for the first time this century. They will host the Mohawks of Morley Stanwood (1-0, 2-1) while Hesperia (0-1, 0-3) heads east to take on White Cloud (0-1, 0-3)
Kent City 54 White Cloud 7
Kent City scored on its first play from scrimmage and ran to a 48-0 lead by intermission.
Steven Holt completed 7 of his 17 passes for 76 yards with 4 going to Levi Graham 2 to Donavan Stevens while two fell into the hands of the Eagle defenders. Alex Doke pounded out 68 yards against a tough KC defense and also led the team in tackles with 11. Tucker Kooman added 7 tackles.
Holt scored the lone Cloud touchdown with Chance Montemayer converting the extra point
Big Rapids 61 Fremont 14
The Cardinals scored 4 times in the first quarter and posted a 48-6 lead by the half enroute to the Gold conference win.
The Packers got on the board in the first as well when Christian Kennedy
ran it in from 12 yards but it was the only scoring for the offense until Courtland Carson broke away for a 27 yard scoring run early in the 4th.
The Packer defense posted a safety late in the third.
Kennedy led Packer rushed with 107 yards with Kane Widing adding 77 and Carson 52. Carlos Delossantos gained 24 yards on 3 carries.
Kennedy, Carson and Widing also led their team in tackles.
The Cardinals(1-1, 2-1) will be headed for Newaygo Friday while Fremont will host an equally winless Central Montcalm (0-2, 0-3).
Newaygo 62 Central Montcalm 14
The Lions took out some of their frustration from last week's loss on the Hornets putting up the most points by a Newaygo team since the 2005 Lions scored 69 against Hesperia.
Newaygo (1-1,1-2) looks to get back into the conference title hunt when they hst Big Rapids (1-1,2-1) next week.
Morley Stanwood 16 Lakeview 14
By Ken DeLaat
All area teams are on the road Friday except for Hesperia who will be hosting their southern neighbors in a battle for the Golden Football, Here’s a quick look at who’s playing who and a few words about the matchups.
Newaygo at Central Montcalm
How do you bounce back from a gut wrenching loss at home that has put you in an early season 0-2 hole?
Lion fans will find out Friday night when their team travels to Stanton to face Central Montcalm.
The Hornets are not going to present the kind of challenges Newaygo has encountered these last two weeks. They won’t be seeing the passing game of the Warriors nor the running game of the Eagles but CM stayed in the game against a tough Grant team last week and they play some spirited defense so they can’t be taken lightly.
They won’t be. The Lions have the talent to make the playoffs and they have to have this one if they are to succeed in doing so.
Grant at Reed City
Both teams are 2-0 and the Coyotes have beaten a pretty good team in Montague and a team that struggles on defense in Fremont.
The Tigers have posted wins over Shelby and Central Montcalm. They knocked off Shelby by a touchdown while Reed City was pounding Montague in week one then Montague pasted the Tigers (Shelby) 67-7 last week.
They’re playing at Reed City and the Yotes have a huge and vocal following. It’s a tough place to play and Reed City is a program that has gone 63-2 inn the regular season since 2011 including a current conference streak of 25 games.
Grant will have to pull out all the stops while playing mistake free football and hope for a break or two if they want to come home 3-0.
Fremont at Big Rapids
The Packers are improving despite running into the buzzsaw that is Reed City last week. Big Rapids got beat by Tri County after opening with a win over a Shepherd team that struggles to score.
The Cardinals are playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season.
The Packer offense could find its footing here and put up some points. After all, they should be game readied after spending twice the time on the field and executing 4 times the plays as their guests last week.
Courtesy of the lightning strike Coyote scoring machine.
White Cloud at Kent City
The Eagles are good. Real good. And solid. And deep.
They have a premier running attack led by a true speedster and an outstanding corps of linemen.
Beal City held them down last week before losing 13-7 and the Aggies are a strong program with a great tradition who are looking to return to the playoffs after missing them last season for just the 4th time since 1980.
That game aside White Cloud does not have the numbers, the depth or the talent they will be facing across the line. In high school sports they say anything can happen so playing the Eagles on the road with thinned ranks in an all important conference opener doesn’t mean the Cloud is not going to win.
But it will definitely be an uphill battle.
Holton at Hesperia
Big game. The 0-2 Panthers need to get it going in the other direction after struggling to get traction so far this season.
The Red Devils are riding high after going 2-0 for the first time since before their players were born.
Hesperia has played two teams that are strong playoff contenders. Holton played two teams who will likely have less success this season.
But throw all that out because this is one of those ‘season within a season’ rivalry games.
The contest is at Hesperia and the Devils hold possession of the Golden Football trophy. High on their wish list would be a trip home with the trophy and a third win.
The Panthers need this one to turn their season around.
Get their early. This one is always a good draw.
Tri County at Chippewa Hills
The Vikes and Cards put on another great show last week with TC taking the victory to begin the conference season 1-0.
To make it 2 in a row they will have to be able to stop the Warrior passing attack the key to a shifty and multifaceted offensive attack possessed by CH. The Warriors are coming off a huge high, winning with an improbable final seconds drive to answer a furious Lion comeback.
Let down? Maybe. But they’re at home playing in front of a lot more than the couple of dozen of their fans who watched the wild ending in Newaygo.
That should fire them up a bit.
The Vikings will have to play at their top level and minimize mistakes. The Warrior defense can open doors now and then but they tend to be pretty tough in the red zone. TC needs to put points on the board early.