Tigers Top Tigers, Pack & Panthers Corralled, Devs Downed in Double OT, and Eagles Hold Off Lions
Ludington 35 Fremont 0
The Oriole team that last year ran off a 5 game season ending win streak to make the postseason was supposed to have been hurt by graduation but it seems no one told their successors on defense.
They just plain stopped the Packers.
After all Fremont finished with much more time of possession, more plays, and half the penalties.
Where they were bested by the O’s was on the scoreboard. Ludington put up a bunch and Fremont could not hit paydirt.
After Thursday’s lightning delay, the game resumed at the start of the 2nd quarter with the Orioles up 7-0. The second quarter saw the teams go scoreless but the visitors found the endzone three times in the third quarter to put the game on ice.
The Packer offense proved to be less than puzzling to the Ludington squad and averaged but a couple yards a carry. Carter Dunbar grinded out a tough 55 yards on 15 carries while Shawn Murphy (14 yds.) and Wyatt Hansue (12yds) struggled to get into double figures on the ground. Tristen Marfia snared the lone reception a 12 yard gainer from Cody Andree.
Oriole qb Riley Calhoun tossed for 90 yards and ran for 78.
The Pack take their game north to face Reed City in the conference opener.
The O’s will welcome in the Panthers of Hesperia.
North Muskegon 56 Hesperia 12
Two touchdowns in the opening quarter then three more before the half gave the Norsemen all they needed in routing the Panthers.
Finally in the 4th the hosts got on the board with a pair of scores as Logan Pearson ran for 6 and Logan Balkema found Johnny Majersky who scored on one of his two receptions on the night.Freshman Armondo Escobedo made his varsity debut with a 39 yard reception the teams longest gainer of the night.
Balkema also led the defense with 8 tackles.
“NM dominated the game in all facets,” said Coach Bolles. “Their special teams played a huge part with 2 punt returns for TD’s and they controlled the line of scrimmage and bottled us up all night.
“Give Coach Witham and his players and staff a lot credit, they came well prepared to play and it showed.”
The Panthers head north next week to face Ludington.
“We’ll go back to work on Monday and hopefully learn from our shortcomings and get better.We knew they were a quality opponent, I just figured my guys were further ahead of where we actually are at this point.”
Grant 37 Shelby 6
The Grant Defense led the Tigers to a 37-6 victory over the Shelby Tigers. The defensive effort was led by senior Jarrett Railling with 10 tackles including a tackle for a safety. Junior Brett Long had eight tackles and an interception for a touchdown. Junior Trevor Lowry completed the defense scoring with a 23-yard interception for a touchdown.
Additionally, the Tigers were able to control the line of scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line paved the way for over 175 yards rushing with Junior Orion Evans leading the charge with 99 yards. Junior Quarterback Brendan Keelan added to the offensive effort by running for two touchdowns and throwing for another.
Grant will head to Central Montcalm to face the Hornets who opened the season by posting a win over Morley Stanwood. It was the first W for the Bees since a mid season victory over Fremont two seasons ago.
Hart 48 Holton 40 (2 OT)
The Devil drama of last season continued as the Holton squad battled back again and again on the road against a spirited Pirate team only to fall just short in the second extra frame. Despite the offensive heroics of Drew Trygstad, Austin Hawkins and Kaleb Kitchka the Red Devils dropped their opener.
Holton welcomes the Eagles of Carson City Crystal while Hart who won their first opener since 2014 will see the Vikings of Whitehall (0-1) sail into town.
Kent City 21 Newaygo 14
The Eagles scored all three touchdowns in the first half then held off a Lion attack in the second half to come away with the cross conference win in the opener for both teams.
Kent City running back Max Hudson scored al 3 TDs and led the team in tackles on the defensive side.
Newaygo will be taking the bus to Remus next week to face Chippewa Hills. The Warriors fell short in their opener losing to Gaylord 12-7.
Other CSAA Games
Tri County 35 Lakeview 0
Montague 42 Reed City 0
Shepherd 42 Big Rapids 22