By N3 Sports
Photo by Justice Long
Interesting week 2 though once again our coverage schools went 1-4 with the Lions emerging with the only W on the night. The Gold has 2 undefeated teams but instead of RC and CH they are CM and TC and the Silver possesses just 1 win thus far among the 5 teams playing this season.
Newaygo 28 Chippewa Hills 12
The Lions shook off last week's loss, avenged a tough defeat from last season, and gave their school their first win over the Warriors since 2013.
And in doing so notched that all important first conference win in what should be a tight and wide open race for the league title.
The Lions struck early when David Gonzales broke away and sprinted 25 yards for an early touchdown and after an Angel Guevera conversion the defense went to work holding the hosts scoreless to intermission.
In the third, Brendan Brechting capped a Lion drive with a scoring run from 6 yards out and again Guevera converted to make it a 14-0 game but the Warriors answered and put up six with a 19 yard scoring strike by CH qb Dylan Sharp. The extra point failed so when Brechting found the end zone again on an 18 yard run the successful PAT gave Newaygo a 21-6 lead. CH scored again in the 4th when Sharp ran one in. Still down by 9 they went for the 2 point conversion but the Lion defense stopped them and another Brechting tally on a 26 yard run iced the game and sent the Lions home winners.
Carlos Magana (8), Logan Heideman (8) and Cameron Goodin (7) led the team in tackles with Hudson Harkness (6) Gonzales (6) and Gavon Rake (5) close behind.
Brechting finished with 126 yards on the ground and Gonzales gained 91 as the running game averaged over 6 yards a carry thanks to the o-line efforts in the trenches.
Guevera was 4-4 in PATs.
Newaygo (1-1, 1-0) hosts Central Montcalm (2-0, 1-0) next week while Chip Hills (0-2, 0-1) will be visiting the undefeated Vikes at Tri County (2-0, 1-0).
Reed City 54 Fremont 6
Adam Halasinski punched it from 2 yards out to put the Pack on the board for the first time this season.
Unfortunately the initial 2019 Fremont sojourn into the endzone came as time expired and after their hosts piled up 54 points including 32 before intermission.
The Coyotes bounced back from a (Montague) Wildcat whipping last week to announce on the field of play that they were not going to be easily yielding the conference crown they have owned since 2011 except for sharing it with Newaygo in ‘14.
Halasinski gained 88 yards on the ground to account for more than half of the 160 yards the Packer offense accumulated but the Yotes averaged 14 yards every time they put the ball in play and created three turnovers on defense to dominate the conference opener for both teams.
Tristen Marfia ran for 34 yards Matthew Halasinski gained 27 and Carter Dunbar added 22.
Kyler Kolk led the defensive effort with 6 tackles.
Fremont (0-2, 0-1) welcomes in the Cards of Big Rapids (o-2, 0-1) next week and Reed City (1-1, 1-0) will visit Grant.
Central Montcalm 26 Grant 20
The Tigers battled the Hornets to the final gun but fell short in the conference opener for both teams.
Coach Geraghty:“We shot ourselves in the foot when it really mattered”
The Tigers offense was led by a rushing attack that totaled 239 yards. Junior Orion Evans led the charge with 142 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Junior Trevor Lowery had 62 yards on the ground to go with his two touchdowns.
The defensive effort was led by senior Jarrett Railling with 12 tackles. Junior Trevor Lowery and Sophomore Treyton Railling followed with seven tackles apiece.
“I’ve got to do a better job getting these kids ready,” added Coach G. “They played their tails off and we will rebound from this”.
Grant (1-1, 0-1) welcomes in Reed City (1-1, 1-0) on Friday.
Carson City Crystal 38 Holton 0
The Eagles scored early and often while holding the Devil offense at bay most of the night and came away with the non conference win.
“We came into the game without a few starters, did everything we could to try to move the ball but struggled most of the night,” said Coach Jados. “ Defensively we struggled to make tackles and it hurt us all night.”
Kaleb Kitchka led the way on both sides of the with 64 yds rushing from the QB position and 9 tackles on defense, before leaving in the 3rd quarter with an injury. Aiden Poling played a tough game with 8 tackles.
Holton (0-2, 0-0) will be the home team in the annual rivalry game with Hesperia next week. It will also open the conference season for both teams.
Ludington 55 Hesperia 24
The Panthers put up a game effort on the road and managed to put up some points against a tough Ludington defense but the O’s can put up the points behind a dominant o-line and Friday night they most certainly did.
Panther QB Logan Balkema had a solid game with a pair of TD’s and Logan Pearson added a score from the running back position.
AJ Perysian ignited his teammates and the faithful fans who made the trip with a kickoff return for paydirt in the 2nd quarter to break the visitors into the scoring column.
Hesperia suited just 16 players and lost 2 more to injuries during the game.
“Proud of my guys, playing short handed again tonight,” said Cach Bolles.”We never quit and kept battling until the end.
“We’ve played two quality opponents in our first two weeks of the season and we may be 0-2, but we’ve showed some spunk. I like that”
The Panthers open Silver play next week with their annual rivalry game at Holton.
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