O’s Run Wild, Cloud Stops Panthers, Dawgs Drop Devs, Vikes Sink Tigers
Ludington 42 Fremont 20
They just could not stop them.
Scoring on their first 6 possessions the Orioles shredded the Packer defense with a productive running attack, some timely passes and a bit of razzle dazzle.
Down 14-0 Packer QB Talen Reichert-Slater found an open Owen Hertel and 80 yards later the visitors were on the board. Then the O’s ran off the next 28 points and the second half began with a running clock that continued through the 3rd and only stopped when Khai Noordyk broke free for a 60 yard TD to start the 4th. The Packers added a score when Reichert-Slater connected once again with Hertel for a 60 yard score.
Noordyk posted 101 yards on the ground while Riechert-Slater finished with 171 yards passing with 157 of those falling in the hands of Hertel. Hertel also led the team in tackles with 11 with Daniel Romero tallying a half dozen and Trentyn Corley adding 5 to go with his interception.
Fremont (1-2) will host Grant (1-2) Friday.
Ravenna 58 Holton 0
After a pair of tough losses to start the season the Dawgs came into this one licking a few wounds and ready to slap a W on the board.
The Red Devils never had a shot. Ravenna scored at will and the Holton offense could not get any traction in the WMC-R matchup.
Hunter Zang gained a hard fought 55 yards to lead the Devs in rushing. While David Addison accounted for 37 yards on the ground and received the only completed pass an 8 yarder from Riley Pierce.
Holton (0-3) will travel to Scottville Friday to take on Mason County Central (1-2).
White Cloud 28 Hesperia 7
For the third year in a row the Hesperia/White Cloud rivalry went the way of the Cloud. The Indian defense was the star of the show keeping the Panther attack at bay for most of the night.
Coach Trice: "I feel our Defense played a lot better this week then the first two weeks. I still don't feel we've played our best game yet. Offensively we still have work to do to be where we want to be. I feel the biggest strength about our team is we don't quit these kids have so much fight in them."
Mason Cruzan and Ashton Graham each had a pick for the visitors and Reece Johnson recorded a pair of sacks as part of his team leading 13 tackles. Landyn McGowen (11) Graham (11) and Conner Stockwell (10) each reached double figures in tackles.
On the offensive side McGowen punched in 2 of the Indian TDs with Lloyd Sebright-Johnson also finding pay dirt on the ground. The other Cloud score came via a Jayson Reuther to Dalton Crawford pass.
Skylar Stalbaum rushed for a game high 103 yards for the Panthers and QB Brock Bolles connected with Ian Fox for the lone Hesperia score. Stalbaum also paced the Panther defense notching 10 tackles while Noah Walker finished with 9 and Eli Edens added an interception to his 6 tackles.
Back on the winning track the Cloud will travel to Kent City (2-1) Friday in a key conference matchup. Hesperia (1-2) begins conference play in the WMC-R when they travel to North Muskegon to face the undefeated Norse.
Tri County 46 Grant 14
Viking QB Owen Behrenwald rushed for 136 yards on just four carries, including a 90-yard touchdown run, Jayden Button was on the receiving end of 3 touchdown passes and Lucas Russo ran one in from 37 yards out as the TC offensive juggernaut kept the Vikings undefeated and handed Grant their second straight loss after a season opening win.
"We played a physical game against an athletic Grant team,” said Viking Head Coach Phil Butler. “Our Offensive line and Defensive line played great and that allowed our athletes to make some plays. Proud of our focus and effort last night. We are excited to be 3-0 but our focus right now is to improve everyday and beat Newaygo this week."
The Tigers were led on defense by Max Heitzman who tallied 11 tackles while Aiden Booth picked off an interception. On offense Rory Fish completed 14 passes finding Oakley Obenauf 4 times. Obenauf also posted 96 return yards on the night. Cohen Garrod led the team in receiving yards with 33 and Jose Magana ran back a Viking kickoff for an 80 yard score, his second return TD of the season
Grant (1-2) will head to Fremont (1-2) for their 4th straight road game while Tri County (3-0) will take their game to Newaygo (1-2).