Friday Football Finals
N3 Sports Team
Photos by Alexis Mercer
The Gold Division is indeed up for grabs this year but the road to the title runs through Stanton for now.
The Hornets continue to roll with as many wins as they collected the past 3 seasons and they don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.
The Tigers corralled the Coyotes in what Coach Geraghty described as “a four quearter fistfight” and managed to convert a 2 pointer that made the difference.
Hesperia flexed a little muscle in their rivalry game and the Pack found a little offense, albeit too little too late.
Grant 8 Reed Cty 6
The Tigers won a four-quarter fistfight with Reed City snapping the Coyotes 32-game conference win streak.
Quarterback Brendan Keelean was 4 for 8 for 98 yards and had 72 yards rushing. Keelean scored the Tiger’s only touchdown in the second quarter and then connected on the two-point conversion to Billy Ostyn to take the lead.
Jarrett Railling led the defense with 10 tackles; including one for a loss. Brett Long also recorded 9 tackles including one for a loss.
Coach Geraghty credits the defense for a well-played game. “Our players stood up to the league Giant and were equal to the task. I am so happy for these kids, this is four years of work paying off”.
Hesperia 54 Holton 14
Holton recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and couldn’t capitalize so Hesperia took over and Logan Pearson went to work.
Pearson set a Hesperia school record with 370 yards on 25 carries for a 14.8 yard average while finding the endzone twice for TD’s and twice for 2 point conversions
Logan Balkema chipped in with 79 yards on 9 carries and a TD!
“Extremely proud of Balkema being a team player and going from QB to power back, where he was Pearson’s lead blocker,” said Coach Bolles.
Leading the defense were, Cole Conkle, Logan Balkema and Brandon Quinn with 6 tackles each.
“It’s a huge win for us against our biggest rival and getting our traveling trophy back was a big goal. We left no doubt tonight.
“I give Coach Jados and his kids credit, they’ve been decimated with injuries and they still continue to battle. They never gave up.”
Hesperia (1-2. 1-0) will sit next week out and Holton (0-3, 0-1) will travel to Morley Stanwood to face the Mohawks (1-2, 1-0).
Big Rapids 39 Fremont 26
A disastrous first quarter that saw Cardinal Maurice Camphor take it home with two runs of more than 50 yards then a pair of safeties and another touchdown gave the visitors a 26-0 lead.
The Cards struck again in the second before Matthew Halisinski broke free for a 45 yard sprint to paydirt and the half ended with R holding a 32-6 lead.
The second half a different team took the field for Fremont. They held off the Cardinal offense and scored three times including a5 yard scoring toss from Cody Andree to Shawn Murphy, a 72 yard breakaway run by Tristen Marfia, and in the closing minutes Payten Mansfield scooped up a Cardinal fumble and took it to the house for another 6.
Marfia finished with 189 yards and Kyler Kolk led the defense with 9 tackles.
The Packers (0-3, 0-2) will head to Stanton to take on the Hornets (3-0, 2-0) while BR (1-2, 1-1) welcomes in Newaygo for homecoming.
Central Montcalm 34 Newaygo 28
The Hornets stayed unbeaten with a tough road win over the Lions. The Lions came out hot in the first quarter and were up 14-0. The Hornets quickly started capitalizing on their speed and height on offense and the Lions didn’t adjust quickly enough. Central Montcalm made a crucial stop at the 2 yard line before going in at the half.
Though the Lions never quit, Central Montcalm earned the ball back with 2 minutes left to go in the game, sealing the deal with a 6 point win to take the lead in the CSAA Gold.
Chippewa Hills 42 Tri County 19
The Vikes lost at home giving first year Warrior Coach AJ Webly win number one and sending TC from the ranks of the unbeaten.
The Vikings (2-1, 1-1) head to Reed City next week to take on the Coyotes.
CH (1-2, 1-1) will host the Tigers of Grant.
Morley Stanwood 20 Lakeview 12
Kent City over White Cloud (forfeit)
Photos from the Newaygo vs. Central Montcalm game.