Football Week IV: Pack Off the Schneid, Cards Cage Tigers, Panthers Hold On, Lions and ‘Yotes Tally 110 and Eagles Eclipse Cloud
Big Rapids 23 Grant 14
The Grant Tigers traveled to Big Rapids to take on the Cardinals of Big Rapids. The Tigers suffered a tough loss in a hard fought contest by a score of 23-14.
After being off for two weeks due to Covid-19 quarantine the Tigers had just one practice to prepare for Big Rapids. Big Rapids on the other hand was playing their 4th game of the year.
Big Rapids jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Your Tigers answered as QB Brendan Keelean threw a 12-yard TD pass to Orion Evans early in the 2nd quarter. Gonzalo Magana kicked the extra point making the score BR 8, Grant 7. Big Rapids scored on an interception return for a TD late in the 2nd quarter but missed the extra point. The Tigers answered quickly with Keelean Finding Trevor Lowry open in the middle of the field for a 29-yard TD strike! Magana’s point after tied the score, 14-14. Big Rapids added a field goal just before the 2nd. quarter ended to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.
The Cardinals scored the only points in the 2nd half in the third quarter on a long TD pass on 3rd and long. The extra point attempt failed, making the final score 23-14, Cardinals. The Tigers record moves to 1-1, while the Cardinal improve to 2-2.
Brendan Keelean was the leading rusher for the Tigers with 44 yards on 13 carries. He was 7 for 17 passing for 115 yards, 2TD’s and 2 INT’s. Orion Evans added 40 yards rushing on 8 carries. Evan also had 3 receptions for 33 yards. Brett Long caught 1 pass for 45 yards.
The defense was led by Senior Trevor Lowry with 7 tackles, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss. Senior Caleb Thompson also recorded 7 tackles. Brady Jacobs, Isiah Powell, Dylan Wemple, Treyton Railling and Reid Williams each had 5 tackles. Orion Evans added 2 interceptions and 2 PBU’s.
Coach Geraghty: “I was happy to see our boys back on the field’! They came out here and fought hard.
“It’s a difficult task to prepare for a game with only one practice. I am proud of our players and coaching staff, to come out here and compete the way they did says a lot about their tenacity.
“We will head back to the drawing board and be ready for a tough Central Montcalm team next week at home”.
The Tigers (1-2) will be back at home to host the Hornets (3-1) Friday.
Fremont 42 Chippewa Hills 26
The Packer air game took flight Friday as Payton Mansfield tossed for 266 yards but it was on the ground where he did the damage on the scoreboard posting a quintet of TD’s behind an insisted offensive line.
When Tristen Marfia punched in a 5 yard score before the half the visitors took a 28-8 lead into intermission but the Warriors responded in the third scoring twice to pull within a score the Fremont QB found the end zone twice more including breaking away for a 37 yard scramble.
Mafia finished with 79 yards rushing and Mansfield logged 147 while Adam Halasinski pulled in 7 passes for 144 yards.
The win was number one for first year coach Jason Carpenter and snapped a 17 game futility streak dating back to mid season 2018 when the victory over Central Montcalm put to rest a 30 game skid.
The Packers (1-2) will be back at home next week when they welcome in the undefeated Coyotes of Reed City (4-0).
Reed City 70 Newaygo 40
There was a track meet in Reed City Friday as the teams amassed 44 points in a mistake filled first quarter that ended with the hosts holding a 24-20 lead. The scoring parade continued to the halfway point and the teams hit intermission with the ‘Yotes in a 40-33 lead.
The first possession of the third quarter saw RC get on the board quickly and follow it up with another TD before entering the final frame leading 56-33
Kent City 56 White Cloud 0
It was never in doubt.
The Eagles blasted past the Cloud picking off 5 passes and scoring early and often as they rolled to a 55-0 lead at the half and ran out a running clock after intermission.
White Cloud (1-3) will host River Valley, a team with one win and two losses despite not having played a game (all forfeits). WC’s lone win also came on a forfeit.
Hesperia 21 Holton 14
The Panthers leapt out to a 21-0 lead by the break with Mack Baird scoring twice and Jonnie Majersky finding the endzone as well.
The second half saw the Red Devils fight their way back but after a bad snap late in the 4th gave the visitors a chance to change the outcome of the game, a pair of penalties and some defensive heroics by Baird sealed the win for the Panthers and allowed them to retain possession of the Golden Football.
“We struggled in the first half to move the ball and struggled on defense as well.. We came out in the second half and gave a much better effort to control the ball the entire third-quarter.
“Our all mistakes beat us in the end and we couldn’t convert.”
Mack Baird led the ground attack with 200 yards on 23 carries and 2 TD’s, while senior QB Johnny Majersky had 46 yards on 11 carries and 1 TD. Leading the defense for the Panthers was Gabe Prado with 7 tackles and Mack Baird with 4 tackles and 1 INT.
Austin Fowler hit on16 of26 passes for 190 yards and a TD with Kevin Erickson gathering in 8 receptions for 143 yards.
Dylan Cartwright led the Devils with 12 tackles, Jaden Israel tallied 10 and Cam Edgerton finished with 8.
Hesperia (2-2) will head south to take on Perry (0-4) while Holton (2-2) hosts Morley Stanwood (3-1).