Ludington 41 Fremont 22
COVID hit the local high school sports scene Friday as the Packers faced a change of plans with a quickly arranged trip to Ludington on the docket instead of the scheduled cross county jaunt to face the Tigers. Grant was shut down earlier in the week due to COVID concerns and thus all extracurricular activities bit the dust as well. Ludington’s scheduled contest with Michigan Center was cancelled for the same reason so the teams managed to resurrect what was to be the season opener
The trip into Oriole country proved to be a tough one for the visitors as Ludington's 2 quarterback system was hitting on all cylinders and the Oriole defense kept the Packers offense from gaining much traction in the first half.
The result was a 5 touchdown assault that dug the Pack into a deep 34-0 hole at the half.
The second half saw the Fremont offense come alive beginning with the Payton Mansfield to Gabe VanVleet td pass just two plays into the half. Later, thanks to some rugged play by the defense Mansfield would connect with Van Vleet again and add a running TD to the night. A misplayed punt attempt resulted in a safety for the Packer defense.
Fremont (0-2) will play their second home game of the season next week when they face the 1-1 Vikings of Tri County.
Holton 7 Lakeview 6
In a defensive battle the Red Devils and Wildcats put on a trench war with neither defense yielding ground. Finally Austin Fowler found Austin Hawkins with a pass that he took in for paydirt with 8 minutes to go in the game.
The Aidan Poling conversion kick proved to be the game winner as Lakeview found the end zone with 2 minutes to play opting to go for 2 and the win. The pass attempt failed and the Devs moved to 2-0 on the year.
:"We came away with a hard fought win,” said Coach Mike Jados. “ We struggled to gain momentum in the first 3 quarters on offense but our defense played great keeping Lakeview in check.”
. Austin Fowler finished with 156 yards passing and 24 yards rushing. Hawkins led the way again with 119 yards receiving.
Dylan Cartwright collected 9 tackles, Chris Hall notched 7, andCameron Edgerton and Eric German each posted 6.
“We have to get better quick as we have Kent City next week,” added Coach Jados.
Kent City 10 Hesperia 8
In a defensive battle the visiting Eagles held off the host with an interception by Kyler Larson inside the Eagle 20 yard line with under a minute to play in the game.
A scoreless first half was broken when the Eagles tackled Panther punter Mack Baird in the end zone for a safety for a 2-0 KC lead early in the third quarter...KC went up 10-0 early in the 4th quarter but the Panthers wouldn’t quit, as Junior RB Brandon Quinn busted loose for a 47 yard TD, QB Johnny Majersky hit Quinn with the PAT pass and the Panthers trailed 8-10 with just over six minutes to play.
After KC picked up a first down the Panther defense stiffened and stopped the Eagles on 4th and 5 around mid field when a pass fell incomplete.The Panthers took over and began marching down the field. As the clock was winding under a minute to play the Panthers opted to pass and it was picked off inside the twenty and the Eagles ran out the clock.
“What a game”, lamented Coach Doug Bolles. “A great HS football game that either team could have won, a great defensive battle.
“Really proud of my guys for leaving it all in the field. When we were down 10-0 in the 4th quarter, we never quit, we kept battling and we had a shot at the end”,.
“My hats off to coach Crane and the Eagles, they’re a tough young team. My kids are hurting, but we will get better from this”,.
Brandon Quinn paced the running attack with 108 yards while finishing with a team high 8 tackles
With the loss the Panthers fall to 1-1 while Kent City moves to 2-0.
Hesperia goes on the road next week to face Morley Stanwood (1-1)...
Morley Stanwood 48 White Cloud 8
The MS defense collected three pick 6’s and the running game rolled up over 200 yards as the Cloud fell to 0-2 on the season.
Tri County 26 Newaygo 7
Reed City 44 Big Rapids 13
Central Montcalm 19 Chip Hills 7