Football Fridays Week VII: Tigers Tame Lions; Vikes stop Pack, Coyotes Swat Hornets; Devs, Panthers Fall
Grant 27 Newaygo 7
Make it 35-all.
The record for the 70 games between these two teams since 1950 now stands at 35-35 after the Lions brought the hardware into town and left without it
The Tiger Defense continued to shine in a muddy affair at Ray C. Rynberg Stadium as they put the brakes a good Lion offense and came away with a convincing win. The Tigers offense stayed with a ground and pound mentality, accumulating 268 yards on 52 carries averaging just over 5 yards per carry. The Tiger ball carriers equally distributed the yardage behind a spirited performance by the offensive line. Orion Evans led the ground attack with 99 yards on 20 carries, with 1 TD. QB Brendan Keelean added 75 yards on 19 carries, with 1 TD. Trevor Lowry added 71 yards on 10 carries, including two touchdowns of 39 yards and 1 yard respectfully.
The Tigers defense was stout in the red zone turning the Lions away 3 out of 4 trips into the red zone. The defense was led by Senior LB Jarret Railling who had 12 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss. Sophomore Treyton Railling had 7 tackles including 1 tackle for loss. Junior Brett Long added 5 tackles with 1 tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Sophomore Brady Jacobs had an interception in the end-zone to stop the Lions attempt at a score.
“The defensive staff and players continue to impress and our offensive line imposed their will on the Newaygo front.What a total team effort we had tonight!. We have some things to fix, but I am extremely happy for these boys.
“They earned this.”
Tri County 48 Fremont 6
In less than 7 minutes the Vikings found the endzone three times as Cameren Friend ran one in from 43 yards out in the first minute of play. Nick Braunschweiger then passed for a TD and ran one in as well and it was 22-0 Vikes after the first quarter.
The Packers got on the board after a drive ended with Cody Andree finding Payten Mansfield for a 5 yard scoring strike.
But that was all they’d put up on the night.
TC answered with a TD to hit intermission up 28-6 then added three more scores in the second half to run away from Fremont and grab the home win.
Tristen Marfia pounded out 67 tough yards on the ground and Adam Halisinski added 42.
Kyler Kolk led the Packers on defense with 5.5 tackles.
Fremont (0-6, 0-7) will host Chip Hills next week while Tri County (2-4, 3-4) snaps a 4 game losing streak and faces the CM Hornets.
Morley Stanwood 38 Hesperia 0
The Panthers kept it close in the first half, yielding a first quarter to fall behind 6-0. In the second they grinded out an 8 minute drive deep into the visitors territory only to stall out in the red zone when a 4th and goal pass attempt didn’t find the hands of a receiver and MS took over on downs. The drive proved to be the closest the hosts would get on the night. Morley scored before the half to make it 14-0 and the second half was all Mohawks, as they reached the end zone twice in each quarter.
Logan Balkema led the Panthers with 43 yards rushing...
Balkema also led the defense with 14 tackles followed by Connor VanBuskirk with 11.
The win gives Morley Stanwood (4-0, 5-2) the Silver title and a win in their final two games gives them a spot in the playoffs. The Hawks play the CCC Eagles in Carson City next week while Hesperia (1-3, 2-5) hosts undefeated and Lakes 8 champ Orchard View.
Kent City 55 Holton 6
Each of the 7 turnovers committed by the Devs resulted in points on the board for the Eagles as KC flew past their hosts.
“We had a rough game from the opening kick but we never gave up and continued to fight,” said Coach Jados “In the cold and rain we had many bad snaps to start in the first quarter and never got going.”
“We will look to regroup and get ready to travel to Perry next Friday and fight to get a win on the season,”
Bright spots for Holton were Logan Burns and Joe Crowell on defense. On offense, Austin Hawkins looked to be healthy again and had the lone Devil touchdown early in the 2nd half.
The Red Devils will travel to Perry to take on the Ramblers (3-4)while the Eagles (3-1, 5-2) will take on Calvin Christian (1-6) in Grandville next week.
Reed City 34 Central Montcalm 6
Not so fast, Hornets.
The Coyotes peeled off their 4th straight win in a convincing manner that announced their intention to retain the Gold crown.
Led by the running of Payton Hansen and the work of the RC o-line the hosts built a 22-0 lead before a Hornett kickoff return just before the half put them on the board.
But in the rain and mud it was the Coyote offense grinding out yardage on long drives and keeping the Hornet defense on the field that iced the game.
Reed City (5-1, 5-2) can lock up at least a share of the crown with a win at Newaygo. The Hornets (5-1, 6-1) can do the same with a win over Tri County.
Chippewa Hills 41 Big Rapids 26
The Warriors (3-3, 3-4) won at home over the Cardinals (1-5, 1-6)