Photos by Alexis Mercer
Story by Ken DeLaat
Tri County 22 Newaygo 14
The Vikings were looking to keep pace with the league leaders and inch a bit closer to a playoff invite. The Lions were hoping to build on last week’s win over Fremont that snapped their 3 game skid.
What ensued was a physical, hard fought contest between a pair of teams who battled to the final gun. The Vikings emerged victorious but not before they delivered several opportunities to their hosts in the 2nd half via turnovers.
The game was marked by a pair of injuries to Lions Mallaci Mayle and Aaron Garza who were taken off the field halfway through the second quarter. Players from both sides were respectfully somber for the injured Lions. The tone after the injuries was muted and concerned on the field as well as in the stands. No one ever wants to see injuries, let alone those of such severity.
The Lions struck first on their first possession marching down the field in chunks before Remy Wells made an acrobatic catch and scored on a pass from Grant Harkness. Josiah Long converted and it was 7-0 for the hosts.
The teams exchanged turnovers as Long recovered a Tyler Tompkins fumble deep in his own territory to halt a Viking drive but Landen Grabinski picked off a Harkness pass and on the next play Trent Behrenwald got the Vikes on the board with a 17 yard run. After Tompkins took it in for the 2 pointer it was 8-7 TC.
TC had another drive that saw them reach the 9 yard line first and goal. 3 runs later they were on the 4 yard line and tossed a short pass that was picked off by Long. The Lions could not move the ball and their punt gave the Vikings the ball on the Lion 30. This time the visitors would not be denied, keeping it on the ground with Nate Lovell, Behrenwald and Tompkins grinding it out capped by Tomkins sliding off left tackle for the score and Stuart Gould finding paydirt for another 2 pt conversion. The half ended with TC leading 16-7.
The Vikes began with possession and were moving the ball before Kody Bazzett who provided a strong defensive showing all night, jumped on a fumble and the lions had the ball near mid field. Dylan Bazzett pulled in a pair of Harkness passes to help move the Lions inside the red zone. On 4th and goal from the 5 Harkness and Bazzett connected again but this time it put points on the board and Long’s PAT boot made it 16-14.
Lovell and co. were pounding their way downfield in what looked to be another scoring drive late in the third but inside the 5 a bad snap gave the Lions another key turnover. Unfortunately for the Lions they quickly returned the favor via an interception and soon after Lovell took it home for a 22-14 TC lead after a failed conversion.
The next few minutes saw a sea of turnovers as the Vikings were stopped twice from putting the game on ice by fumbles and the Lions handing it back over via the air. When the clock ran out the Vikes were happy to escape with a win having dodged the effects of their turnover issues.
Tri County (3-1, 4-1) will continue their playoff quest with a home game against Fremont next week while Newaygo (1-3, 1-4) will try for win #2 when they visit Grant in the traditional rivalry game.
Ciolk, Feldpausch pace teams
White Cloud Cross Country travelled to Cadillac this morning for the inaugural Cadillac Invitation at Veterans Serving Veterans Park. The weather was cool, but the performances were sizzling!
The first race of the day was the Varsity Girls. Annie Feldpausch finished 14th, earning a plaque and setting a season best time of 22: 50. Kiara Edwards was 23rd, Courtney LaClair 29th, Jolena Deaton 35th, Ryleigh Balke 37th, Cecelia Rodriguez 41st, and Alexandria Rodriguez 42nd. The girls finished in 5th place.
Competing in the JV race, Sydnee Ochs finished 33rd. Annie, Courtney, Jolena and Cecelia all set season best times, while Sydnee, Alexandria, Ryleigh, and Kiara ran their best times, ever.
The Boys Varsity finished with a win over second place Manton, and third place Leroy Pine River. Finishing first for the Indians and 2nd overall was Nate Ciolk with a season best time of 17:43. He was followed by Kobe Canning, 10th, Coleson Cruzan 11th, Carson Foondle 18th, Malachi Graves 21st, Kaleb Canning 22nd, and Christian Ringler 23rd. Nathan, Kobe, and Coleson received awards for their finish place.
In the JV race, the boys team missed a victory by three points. The JV crew was led by Ashton Byle in 8th place, Keagan Kailing 15th, Nikolas Antone Parks 17th, Avery Bowman 20th, Wyatt Karnes 23rd, Jarrett Warlick 37th, and Zane Keith 38th. Earning place awards were Ashton, Avery, Keagan and Nik. Boys that ran season best times were Nate, Kobe, Christian, Ashton, and Keagan. Posting personal best records were Coleson, Carson, Malachi, Kaleb, Wyatt, Jarrett, and Zane.
Good job to all the runners! Our next meet is Saturday, October 2 in Shepherd.
Jacobs scores three times, posts key interception
Grant 20 Fremont 14
The Packers took the opening drive and scored first when Justin Dirheimer plowed his way in from three yards out and after David Wachter’s conversion the hosts took a 7-0 lead. The Tigers responded with a long time consuming drive of their own, scoring on a 2 yard touchdown run by senior Brady Jacobs in the closing seconds of the first quarter. The PAT failed and with a second quarter dominated by defense the teams hit intermission with Fremont holding a 7-6 lead.
Early in the third Owen Hertel took in a 6 yard run and after Wachter once again split the uprights the Pack was up 14-6.
Fremont had an opportunity to put some distance between the teams when they recovered a fumble deep in Tiger territory but the visitors responded with a strong defensive stand forcing Fremont to go for a field goal that missed. The Tigers took over and Jacobs broke off a 49 yard touchdown run to cut the Packers lead to 14-12 with 2:14 left in the 3rd. After a defense stop, the Tigers drove down and Brady Jacobs scored on a 7 yard touchdown run. Chase Kazemier scored the two point try to give the Tigers a 20-14 lead with 9:04 left in the 4th quarter.
Both teams turned the ball over on downs, before Fremont drove the ball to the Tigers 20 yards line in the closing minutes.. Once again it was Jacobs taking center stage as he intercepted a pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left and allowed Coach Mike Stephan to get his first on field victory leading the Grant Tigers.
Brady Jacobs led the offense with 177 yards rushing , 3 touchdowns on 24 carries.
Zachary Barnhart had 2 receptions for 42 yards.
The defense was led by senior Sawyer Carr with 8 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss. Gage Scholtens had 7 tackles, including a pass break up. Nolan Corvers also had 7 tackles. Angel Tello and Treyton Railling each had 6 tackles, followed by Colin Millet with 3 tackles, and Brady Jacobs with 3 tackles, a pass breakup and an interception.
Dirheimer pounded out 102 yards on the ground for the Pack while the Freemont passing game was held to just 29 yards.
Hayden Threatt, Garret Hanshue Owen VandenBerg and Alex Gleason led the Packer defense in tackles.
Grant (2-2, 2-3) will host Newaygo in the traditional rivalry game next week while Fremont (0-4, 0-5) travels to Tri County to face the Vikings.
By Joseph Mclean
Holton 44 Lakeview 28
A big night with the Lakeview homecoming atmosphere set the stage for a battle between two CSAA Silver foes going head to head. Lakeview was looking to build on a very good performance last week against Hesperia, and the Devs were hoping to get on the fast track to a playoff spot with back to back wins.
After a botched onside kick try to start the game, the Wildcats got the ball with good field position. Cat running back David Evans showed why he’s one of the best players on the field after a big time score to open the game. The PAT gets tipped by the Devs, and it slides left and the hosts grabbed a 6-0 lead.
Kevin Erickson received the ensuing kickoff taking it deep into Wildcat territory to the 20.A couple run plays were stuffed by the Wildcats, but then the pass game that came alive last week returned with Fowler getting it to Hosmer who became shifty and scored. The 2 point try failed and the score was knotted at 6.
Lakeview got it back, but a good defensive stand with help from a holding penalty stopped the Wildcats. A muffed punt from Robins almost gives the Wildcats the ball back with very good field position. Both teams turned it over on downs. The 1st quarter ended with the Devils passing attack again getting them down the field, and closing in on the score.
The 2nd quarter opened up with Fowler getting brought down in the backfield, but he quickly avenged that on the next play when he hit Cameron Edgerton for his 2nd TD pass of the night. Erickson added the 2 PT and Holton was up 14-6. Evans took the pitch to the right and broke through for a tough run, and a facemask penalty on the Devs put the Wildcats in the redzone. The Wildcats looked to pass, but were picked off by the captain Fowler in the back of the endzone.
The Devils moved the chains on 3rd down due to the Fowler to Hosmer connection. On the very next play Fowler took it to the right and was held up, with the ball getting punched out with the Wildcats recovering. The Wildcats try to run on the back of the premierrunner Evans, but they got stopped and had to punt. A big throw from Fowler to Robins, and a roughing the passer penalty on the same play gave the Devs good field position in Lakeview territory with just under 2 mins to play. A pass intended for Hosmer fell out of his reach on 4th down and the hosts took over
Evans took it on the right side and made them miss with his cutback for a first down. The Cats ran an option play but the Devs read it well with Robins coming out with the ball after making the play that sets the Devs up for possibly a half ending score. With 30 seconds on the clock Fowler hit on his 3rd passing TD of the night, adding the 2 PT himself to make the score 22-6 with 26 seconds till halftime. Lakeview finally makes the pass game pay off as Evans snared a TD pass with 17.4 left on the clock and the teams went to the break with the Devs leading the Wildcats 22-12.
Coming out of the break Holton needed to prove they can finish a game strong. The Devs ran the ball on the backs of Fowler, Nichols, and Erickson. Evans sacked Fowler on a pass attempt, but on the next play Fowler threw his 4th TD pass to Robins to make it 30-12 right out of the gates.
The Wildcats were looking like they were going to stall out, but on 4th and 2 Delamater faked a throw and scrambled for a first down. He then tossed a pass to Bunker who was stopped at the 1 yard line where Evans ran it in easily. After some controversy on the 2 PT because of a fumble into the endzone recovered by the Wildcats it was a30-20 in a game that could come down to the wire.
The Devs started their next drive running behind Nichols, Erickson, and Fowler at the end to get into scoring position to end the quarter. Erickson punched it in to start the final frame. Fowler ran the 2 pt across the line but a penalty on Holton that backed them up and the next try is no good.
Wildcat qb Delamater showed off his arm on the drive hitting his main target Bunker for big plays, and capped it off with an Evans rushing TD and 2 point conversion to put the hosts within a score. The Devils drive got to about mid field, and on 4th down the Wildcats make the stop that could potentially save the game for them. Delamater couldn’t connect with anyone and on 4th down Evans took a pitch to the right, and ran straight into the Devs setting the edge for the tackle for loss.
The Devs took over and gave it to Erickson around the right side for a big gainer. After a third down throw from Fowler to Hosmer that’s dropped at the endzone, Fowler shows he has silver bullets and throws another passing touchdown to Cameron Edgerton. Erickson hits the right edge to make it 44-28. On the last drive of the night Delamter tried to carry his team, but the Devs brought the pressure and made the final stand.
This game was an exciting back and forth game, and even though there were a lot of points, the defense for both teams played well and came up with big plays. The Devils finish the game strong like Coach Smith has been wanting, and get back to back CSAA wins. The Red Devils move up to 3-2 (2-1) and Lakeview falls to 1-4 (1-2).
The Wildcats will go on the road to take on White Cloud next week. The Red Devils welcome the Kent City Eagles to Red Devil Stadium off the covid break for what should be a really big game.
Fowler had a big passing game again going 18/24, 267 yds, 5 TD, 0 INT with 4 tackles and a pick on the defensive end. All of the receivers got involved tonight as they go Rice Robins - 2 Rec 38 yds 1 TD, Bret Hosmer - 5 Rec 90 yds 1 TD, Kevin Erickson - 7 Rec 58 yds 1 TD, Cameron Edgerton - 3 Rec 48 yds 2 TD, Kaleb Nichols- 1 Rec 33 yds
Waterman, Robins, and Cartwright led in tackles for the Devs.
Thursday night, the Lady Indians traveled to Hart to play the second of back to back matches. At the end of the night, we couldn't match Hart's offense. Leaders on the night were Carsyn Scarlavai with 10 points and 3 aces, followed by Jaden Gomez with 9 points and 4 aces. Aby Derks led in kills with 8 and Carsyn dished out 11 assists. Our back row was led by Elizabeth Compeau with 9 digs and Carsyn with 5. We open our home game streak on Wednesday, when we host Hesperia.
Wednesday night, the Panthers played the Holton Red Devils at home with just enough players, playing in new positions, due to quarantine restrictions that have taken out 5 from the Panther Team. The Panthers held their own against the Red Devils regardless of the fact they were without their setter, back-up setter, and libero. The Panthers lost game 1, after leading most of the game, 25-27. Game 2 was 22-25 and Game 3 was much like game one with a 24-26 battle to the end. The Panthers loss puts them at 2-3 for the league standings going into the second half of the season.
The Panthers are set to play White Cloud on Wednesday, September 29th, on the road with the hopes that they will have some of their team back and healthy.
The Panthers were led offensively by Emma Joppich with 11 kills, followed by 4 from sophomore Kayla Rumsey. Senior Caity Frees and sophomore Abby Joppich stepped up to help with the setting duties on the floor and came up with 7 and 6 assists respectively. Abby served up 3 aces, while Rumsey, Frees, and Elli McAree each had 2 aces for the Panther offense. Frees and Ali Townsend both had 15 digs on the night.
Pandemically influenced standings?
Should COVID related forfeits even count?
If a school is closed due to the virus concerns and is scheduled to play a school equally hit with COVID but one team decides that despite the school closure they’re going to play football…
Can you call that a win?
As we enter the halfway point of the season it is hoped no conference crown ends up being decided by such circumstances.
And what’s up with the rumors of a bit of a player rebellion within one of our local teams after a member of the coaching staff got sacked the day before last Friday’s game? Word has it the players weren’t thrilled with the decision and less thrilled about how it was handled. Coincidentally the team’s defense yielded a boatload of points in the first half.
This week’s games
Tri County (2-1, 3-1) at Newaygo (1-2, 1-3)
The Lions ran up a 28 point lead over the Packers then, as they have been prone to do, let the Packers back in the game in the second half. They held on for the win last week but if the Lions are to hold home court they can’t afford to not have four well played quarters.
TC’s offense can light up the scoreboard quickly and combined with their rather stingy defense the Vikings are going to be a tough opponent.
Fremont (0-3, 0-4) at Grant (1-2, 1-3)
Neither team has won on the field though the Tigers are in the W column courtesy of a forfeit.
The Pack showed some life in the second half last week. While the comeback was a total team effort we were impressed by the way Dirheimer seemed to will his team back into the game on both sides of the line.
The Tigers have struggled on defense and if the Packer offense gets into the rhythm they found in the second half last week the hosts could be in trouble.
Holton (1-1, 2-2) at Lakeview (1-1, 1-3)
The Red Devils knocked White Cloud from the unbeatens on the road last week. Fowler will be getting a lot of attention from the Wildcat defense but he has some soft handed receivers to toss to and with a bit of o-line protection could do some damage.
The Cats went on a scoring spree against Hesperia last week. They likely won’t pile up those numbers against the RD’s but Holton doesn’t want to fall behind early here. A win would be a big step toward a possible trip to the dance.
White Cloud (1-1, 3-1) at Morley Stanwood (2-0, 2-2)
Can the Cloud shake off that loss to the Red Devils and pull off a road win against Morley?
It would surely be a sweet one since the last time a White Cloud team defeated MS most of the current players were just learning to walk. It would keep playoff hopes going with some tough games ahead on the schedule while certainly scrambling the race to the top in the Silver.
Silverthorn has done well in guiding the Cloud offense and the Morley D has given up plentiful points, but the visitors can’t afford a slow start and will need to win the turnover battle to pluck this victory from the ‘Hawks.
Reed City (3-0, 3-1) at Big Rapids (3-0, 3-1)
The battle for the top spot in the Gold features Strickler to Strickland vs. the vaunted Coyote defense.
It’s on BR’s new field where they are undefeated thus far.
Well, 1-0 but undefeated nonetheless.
This is a rivalry game, albeit a one sided rivalry in the past decade-plus. The Cards haven’t beaten RC since 2009 and haven’t come within 4 touchdowns since 2015.
Tough game. Edge to the hosts to snap the string and bring a bit of parity to the rivalry.
Chippewa Hills (0-3, 0-4) at Central Montcalm (2-1, 3-1)
Hornets have been mad as...well...Hornets since their narrow loss to BR last week. They should buzz through a rather porous CH defense.
Kent City (1-1, 2-2) vs. Hesperia (0-2. 0-4)
Cancelled, not forfeited.
-By Ken DeLaat
Last night the Lady Indians dropped a conference match to a tough Kent City team with scores of 12-25, 4-25, 20-25. We had a hard time getting momentum.
Leaders on the night were Abby Derks with 6 points and 1 ace. Abby also contributed with 6 kills, assisted by Carsyn Scarlavai, who led with 11 assists. Defensively, Kiara Edwards and Ceara Bode each had 2 blocks. Elizabeth Compeau earned 5 digs, while Krystianna Faltinowski, Kiara, and Jaden Gomez each had 4.
We continue play tonight Thursday) in Hart.
The White Cloud Cross Country team competed at Baker Woods in Hesperia for the second CSAA meet of the year. The boys came out on top with 28 points, eight points ahead of second place Kent City. The pack was back and our first five runners finished with a 1:38 spread. Finishing in 2nd place was Nathan Ciolk, first for the Indians. Kobe Canning, Coleson Cruzan, and Carson Foondle were 4th, 5th, and 6th, with Kaleb Canning rounding out the top five in 11th place. Malachi Graves was 13th, Christian Ringler 15th, Ashton Byle 17th, Avery Bowman 18th, Nik Parks 20th, Keagan Kailing 22nd, Wyatt Karnes 28th, Jarret Warlick 32nd and Zane Keith 34th. Setting a personal best time was Jarret Warlick. Excellent racing, boys!
The girls team finished third to Kent City and Morley Stanwood. Annie Feldpausch was 10th overall, buf first for the Lady Indians. She was followed by Kiara Edwards 14th, Courtney LaClair 15th, Ryleigh Balke 20th, CeCe Rodriguez 24th, Lillie Keith 26th, and Sydnee Ochs 27th. Good job, ladies!
CSAA Gold Jamboree 1 @ Newaygo
Overcast and mid 60s
The girls placed 6th with 167 points. Of the 8 girls who ran, all posted a season record or personal record. Taava Johnson (sr) led the way with a SR in 7th place. Elise Pfeiffer placed 30th as our second finisher, with Rachel Maddox (fr), Gina Naes (sr) and Shyann Callison (fr) rounding out our top 5. The squad continues to improve each meet.
The boys placed 1st with 29 points. Henrik Quist (jr), Carter Sherman (fr), and Luke Bradley (fr) all scored PR’s in today’s. The boys executed a good race plan and moved up well throughout the race, and we had a pretty tight pack in 4-6. We also had some shuffling of our top seven, which was good to see the guy pushing each other.
Full results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/198082/results
The girls placed 5th as a team with 102 points. 13 Newaygo girls ran season bests or personal records on this hilly, difficult course. The ladies were led by sophomore Remington Arney, who was nudged out of 2nd place by a mere .05 seconds to take 3rd with a time of 20:26. Rounding out the top five runners in scoring position were Eliza Chaffee (24:03), Olivia DeJohn (24:08), Zoey Walerczyk (24:40), and Lyda Lathrop (25:57).
Five boys ran for Newaygo this afternoon. They were led by senior Michael Murray with a time of 20:19, bettering his time on the same course from just over a week ago by more than a minute. Mallaci Mayle ran in a season best time of 20:50 followed by Jadon Ryman (21:53), Bryce Grugett (22:02 SR) and Luke Acton (24:33).
The Lions next run at Allendale on October 2.
Full results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/198082/results
The White Cloud Cross Country team traveled to Scottville to bring home the hardware for the small school division of the Ludington Invitational. The meet, held on the campus of West Shore Community College and hosted 11 teams in two divisions. The boys finished first with 27 points while Frankfort placed second with 34. Nathan Ciolk was the small school champion for the second year in a row. He ran his season best time of 18:19.8. He was followed by Kobe Canning (3rd), Coleson Cruzan (7th), Carson Foondle (9th), Christian Ringler (14th), Kaleb Canning (15th), Avery Bowman (18th), and Keagan Kailing (19th). Coleson (18:59) and Carson (19:35.30) had personal best times. Kobe (18:50.10) also had a season best time. All the boys brought home medals for their efforts!
The Lady Indians finished second by scoring 46 points to Frankfort's 18 points. Scoring for White Cloud were Annie Feldpausch (8th), Kiara Edwards (10th),
Courtney LaClair (14th), Ryleigh Balke (17th), and Cecelia Rodriguez (19th). Allie Rodriguez, Lillie Keith, and Sydnee Ochs finished 22nd, 24th and 25th, respectively. Ryleigh (30:04.10) had a personal best time while Annie (24:28.90), Lillie (40:25.10), Courtney (28:02.30) and Cecelia (33:32.20) all had season best times. Each of the girls also brought home medals.
Congratulations to all the runners. This week we will be in action at Hesperia on Tuesday, September 21st and at the Cadillac Invitational on Saturday, September 25th.