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