Grant 7 Tri County 6
The Grant Tigers faced off tonight against the Tri County Vikings as they battled for the “Hammer”, the traveling trophy between bordering districts.
Both teams played fantastic defense, forcing opposing offenses to fight for every inch. Grant scored the first points of the contest with 6:33 left in the second quarter as Brendan Keelean plowed it in behind a huge line surge from the left side of the offensive line for a 1-yard touchdown. The Tiger extra point, by Gonzalo Magana, split the uprights, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Tri County answered with a touchdown on their next possession on a three-yard run capping off an 85-yard drive. The extra point attempt ricocheted of the right upright keeping the Tigers in front by a point
Senior Orion Evans led the Tigers with 82 yards rushing on 19 carries. Brendan Keelean connected on 5 of his 13 pass attempts for 57 yards. Brett Long was the leading receiver with 3 receptions for 36 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers were led by Senior Isaiah Powell who notched 8 tackles, including 3 for loss and 1 pass breakup. Junior Treyton Railling, had 7 tackles and 2 sacks. Ty Korson recorded 5 tackles and added 2 sacks. Brett Long also contributed to the defensive effort, making 5 tackles- 1 for loss- and 2 pass breakups.
Overall, the Tigers were happy to capture the win in the season opener.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but after the emotional rollercoaster these kids have endured, we’ll take It,” said Tiger Head Coach Darren Geraghty
Next week the Tigers take on the Fremont Packers at home. Fremont fell to Newaygo 42-14 in their opener.
Holton 15 White Cloud 7
The last touchdown scored by a WC team occurred at Red Devil Stadium two years ago. After taking a year off from the game the Cloud revisited Holton and scored on their first drive to take a 7-0 lead.
But that was their final trip to the endzone Friday as the Devs settled in on defense while Austin Fowler fired a pair of scoring strikes to Kevin Ericson and Rice Robins to give the hosts the win in the season opener for both teams.
“We came out fired up and energetic against a tough and much improved White Cloud team,” said Devils coach Mike Jados. “We played well and the offense moved the ball well but we stalled with 5 turnovers, 3 of them in the red zone.”
Fowler completed 16 of 20 passes for 212 yards with 2 td passes and 2 interceptions, while adding 88 yards rushing on 10 carries. Austin Hawkins had 8 catches for 117 and added 7 tackles and an int on defense. Kevin Erickson contributed 6 carries for 44 yards and 4 catches for 36 and a td, while adding a pick on defense. Rice robins added the other td reception. Eric German, Cam Edgerton, Dylan Cartwright, and Jarid Coburn all added 5 tackles each.
“ We are looking forward to getting better this week to limit mistakes,” added Coach Jados.
The Red Devils will be staying at home next week when they host Lakeview. The Wildcats opened with a loss to Hesperia.
Hesperia 34 Lakeview 7
Hesperia led 28-7at the half and came out in the 3rd quarter receiving the second half kickoff. The Panthers proceeded to take 11:14 off the clock on a grinding 20 play drive that ended in a touchdown. and a 34-0 lead.
"We came out in the second half and wanted to be physical and take some time off the clock and finish it off with a TD and we did that," said Hesperia Head Coach Doug Bolles. I was very pleased with our week of practice leading up to this game. We were focused and locked in. We definitely have things to work on, but I'm really proud of my guys for sticking to the game plan.
“Starting out 1-0 is sweet for sure, but we won't celebrate long, because we have more things we want to accomplish.”
Hesperia ended the night with 460 rushing yards on 50 carries, 0 passing yards on 3 attempts, for 460 yards of total offense!
The Panthers held the Wildcats to 107 total yards all on the ground, while picking off 3 Lakeview passes.
Tailback Mack Baird finished with 10 carries for 179 yards and a pair of TDs while QB Johnny Majerski ran for113 yards on 15 attempts and a TD.
Brandon Quinn and Kile Pomeroy also found the endzone for the Panthers.
The defense was led by Mason Taylor with 9 tackles and an interception, Quinn tallied 8 tackles and a pair of sacks while Baird and Armondo Escobedo each grabbed a pick.
It was the first season opening win for Hesperia since 2016, also the last time the Panthers made the playoffs
The team will be tested next week when they host perennial Silver powerhouse Kent City who shut out Morley Stanwood 14-0
Other CSAA scores
Reed City 46 Chippewa Hills 26
Central Montcalm 12 Big Rapids 7
Kent City 14 Morley Stanwood 0