COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in Friday night football on the next to last weekend of the regular season, Coldwater finished its home schedule with the Cardinals losing their SMAC East matchup to Harper Creek 38-to-3. The visiting Beavers led 35-to-0 at halftime and cruised to their sixth straight win. Coldwater got on the board with Blaze Watson’s 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Our Coldwater McDonald’s Player of the Game was junior running back Bryant Garrett, who led the Cardinal’s ground game, rushing for 74 yards on 15 carries. Coldwater slips to 1-and-5 in the division and 1-and-7 overall while Harper Creek is now 6-and-2 overall and headed to the state playoffs while improving their conference record to 6-and-0. The Cardinals wrap up the season next Friday night at Sturgis.
Elsewhere last night, in the Big Eight Conference, it was homecoming at Quincy, where the Orioles couldn’t handle Homer as the visiting Trojans won 58-to-14. Quincy’s record drops to 1-and-5 in league play and 2-and-6 overall. Also in the Big Eight, Union City travelled to Reading and gave the Rangers a battle before losing 36-to-30. Reading clinches the conference crown with an undefeated 7-and-0 league mark to go with their 7-and-1 overall record while the Chargers finish 4-and-3 in the conference and drop to 5-and-3 overall.
And the Bronson Vikings stay on track for a possible playoff berth with their homecoming victory last night, a 45-to-14 win over Stockbridge. Bronson is now 4-and-3 and needs a victory at home next Friday over Bath to advance to the second season. And in eight-man football, Tekonsha lost at home to Waldron 46-to-12.
In some other scores from last night.
Marshall 27 Sturgis 7
Battle Creek Lakeview 44 Battle Creek Central 0
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 21 Gull Lake 20
Jonesville 57 Athens 13
Springport 43 Concord 42
Colon 52 Camden-Frontier 6
Mendon 33 Buchanan 28
Pennfield 40 Kalamazoo Christian 28
Constantine 62 Olivet 34
In boy’s state tournament tennis yesterday, Coldwater finished third in the Division Three Regional at Sturgis with the Cardinal’s 15 points three shy of the total needed to advance to next weekend’s State Finals. However, the Coldwater doubles team of Jon Sammons and Nick Waterbury qualified for the finals at first doubles with their runner-up finish to a pair from St. Joseph, which won its 15th straight regional title with Sturgis in second place.
And in Division Four, Bronson advanced to the state finals with their second place showing in yesterday’s regional at Battle Creek. The Vikings earned 11 points while Jackson Lumen Christi won the Regional with 24 points. Leading Bronson yesterday were Robert O’Rourke, the runner up at second singles, and the Viking’s four doubles teams, all finishing in second place to teams from Lumen Christi.
On today’s high school schedule, in volleyball, it’s Coldwater at the Saline Invitational while Quincy is at the Homer Invitational.
And in cross country, it’s Coldwater at the Sturgis Kiwanis Invitational while Bronson is at the Constantine Invitational.