In Branch County high school sports, the football season for county teams came to a close last night in the first round of the state playoffs with MHSAA pre-district losses for Bronson and Union City. In Division Six, in a game you heard on AM 1590 and FM 95.5, hopes were high for Bronson at the half as the Vikings played even with the host Hornets at Hillsdale with a 16-16 score after two quarters of play. But then the undefeated Hornets displayed the form of the third-ranked Division Six team in the state, outscoring Bronson 21-0 in the third quarter and built the lead to 44-16 before the Vikings added a late touchdown with just over 3 minutes left in the game on a 50-yard Scotty Wyant touchdown run to make the final score 44-22. Wyant was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Bronson as he racked up 160 yards rushing on the night on 10 carries. Nick Mitchell scored Bronson’s other two touchdowns. He put the first points on the board for the night on a 4-yard run in the first quarter and rushed for a 2-point conversion to give the Vikings an 8-0 lead.
Then with just 33 seconds left in the half, Bronson briefly went back on top as Mitchell caught a 4-yard pass from Hayden Jergens.
A two point conversion run by Jergens put the Vikings ahead 16-8. But the Hornets answered with only 5 seconds remaining in the half and connected on the 2-point conversion
for the tie score at the intermission. Bronson wrapped up the season with a 5-and-4 record while Hillsdale moves on at 10-0 and a district title game next weekend against Blissfield. Meanwhile, in Division Seven, Pewamo-Westphalia
was too much last night for Union City as the visiting Chargers lost to the host Pirates 41-10. Union City closed out with a 6-4 record under first year head coach Chris Davis. Two other Big Eight teams last night joined Union City in making an early exit from the second season as league champion Reading lost to Britton-Deerfield 14-7 and Jonesville fell to Blissfield 36-27.
In some other scores from pre-district games around the area last night…
Three Rivers 20 Pennfield 14
Mattawan 66 Battle Creek Lakeview 28
Harper Creek 35 Charlotte 21
Portage Central 21 Portage Northern 17
Plainwell 35 Hastings 16
Constantine 48 Watervliet 39
Schoolcraft 41 Niles-Brandywine 8
Climax-Scotts 34 St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic 7
Olivet 28 Lansing Catholic 14
and in 8-man football, Battle Creek St. Philip 42 Waldron 20
A few schools in the area have their opening post season games this afternoon with Colon at Mendon, Williamston at Marshall and Springport at Gobles.
Elsewhere on the high school sports scene, in volleyball, league championships will be decided today in advance of the state tournament which begins on Monday with district play.
Coldwater competes today in the SMAC League meet hosted by Battle Creek Central. The Big Eight tournament, including Quincy and Union City, is at Jonesville while Bronson will be at Centreville for the St. Joe Valley Championship meet. And the second season is here in cross country with the regionals this weekend and all of the Branch County schools are at Jackson’s Sharp Park today with runners from Coldwater in Division Two
while it’s Division Three for Quincy, Bronson and Union City. The top three teams at each regional as well as the top 15 individual runners will advance to the state finals on November 3rd at Michigan International Speedway.