N3 Sports Team
Photos by Alexis Mercer
Newaygo 46 Fremont 14
Fremont traveled to Newaygo to face off for their Homecoming game with an early start at 5:00. Braden Benjamin started the scoring for the Lions followed by a fumble recovery by Jacob Jibson to go up 14-0 in the 1st quarter. Benjamin scored again in the 2nd quarter, but Fremont blocked the extra point attempt putting the Lions up 20-0. Cody Andree, Fremont's quarterback kept the ball to run in for a score and the Packers followed with a successful 2 point conversion. Christian Kennedy caught a long pass with only 7 seconds left in the first half to score again but they missed the 2 point conversion this time so went into the locker room with the Lions up 20-14.
After crowning the homecoming royalty at half, with Newaygo's Jacob Jibson getting crowned Homecoming King, the Lions had speed in their legs and fire in the QB's arm. It was all Lions the remaining half, scoring 26 more points and not allowing the Packers another chance in the end zone.
Fremont's stats show Carter Dunbar with 79 yards rushing, Cody Andree completed 7 passes for 98 yards and a TD, Christian Kennedy caught 3 receptions for 96 yards, and Payten Mansfield and Dennis Zachariah led in tackles.
Grant 33 Tri County 6
Grant’s defense continues to shine. They held Tri-County’s high powered offense to six points on Tri-County’s homecoming.
Leading the defensive charge was Jarrett Railling with 12 tackles, including four tackles for loss. The Tri-County’s aerial attack was stymied by an aggressive defensive backfield for the Tigers.
Tiger defensive backs tallied five interceptions versus the Vikings. Isiah Powell had two interceptions and seven tackles. Orion Evans also had two interceptions and four tackles. Billy Ostyn had the fifth interception of the night. Brett Long tallied three tackles, including two for loss and a fumble recovery.
Offensively the Tigers used the ground and pound philosophy to control the game clock. The offensive line (Reid Williams, Caleb Thompson, Robert Rose, Jarrett Railling, Colin Scholtens) paved the way as the Tigers gained 265 yards rushing. Orion Evans had 99 yards rushing on 19 carries and one touchdown. Brendan Keelan managed the offense contributing 74 yards and a touchdown pass to senior Billy Osytn.
Coach Geraghty was proud of the way the Tigers responded in a hostile environment.
“The Vikings are a well-coached team, with the potential to beat any given opponent on any Friday night. I was proud of the way the boys responded to adversity. They showed grit tonight”.
The Tigers were able to successfully maintain possession of the Hammer, the traveling trophy with Tri-County.
The Tigers travel to Fremont to take on the Packers on their Homecoming next Friday night.
Reed City 52 Chippewa Hills 24
The Coyotes continued their decade long dominance over the Warriors with a decisive win at home.
Central Montcalm 34 Big Rapids 6
The Hornets continue to roll as they took down the Cardinals at home. The win keeps CM on top of the Gold and leaves them a win away from qualifying for the postseason. The Hornets host Chippewa Hills next week.
Morley Stanwood 34 Kent City 14
The Mohawks jumped to an early lead only to see the Eagles climb back on top by halftime 16-14. The second half was a different story as MS rolled up 20 points and handed Kent City their second loss of the season.
Kent City will play at home next week welcoming in the Hesperia Panthers while the Mohawks face an undefeated Flint Hamady team. The Hawks of FH have outscored opponents 198-12 thus far this season.
Lakeview 24 Hesperia 8
Hesperia had to wait until Saturday afternoon to travel to Lakeview for their Homecoming face-off. At halftime Lakeview was up 12-8 but Hesperia couldn't make the second half work in their favor.
Trayton McKinnon led the Panthers with 10 tackles. Kaiden Robbins had 3 receptions for 21 yards. Johnny Majersky went 6 for 15 passing with 51 yards and 1 interception. The team ended with 179 yards of total offense, 120 rushing and 59 passing.
"Key to the game is when Logan Balkema our four year starter was knocked out of the game, late in the 1st quarter with an ankle injury! Without his presence on BOTH sides of the ball, hurt us tremendously. Our team leader, our leading tackler and our catalyst, lost that early. We played hard and with grit, but not making any excuses, him being out is a HUGE loss for us!" - Hesperia Head Coach Bolles
Hesperia moves to 2-3 overall, 2-1 in the CSAA Silver and heads to Kent City to play next Friday.