COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in Friday night football, Week 7 of the season had 3 of the 4 county teams on the road and it was a rough trip for Coldwater, Quincy, and Union City, all suffering double-digit losses while at Bronson, it was a homecoming win for the Vikings.
Coldwater was at Battle Creek Lakeview where the undefeated Spartans sprinted away from the Cardinals in the first half and cruised to a 56-to-7 victory. 49-0 was the halftime score and that set up a running mercy rule clock in the second half. Coldwater avoided the shutout when Sawyer Murphy found the end zone in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard run. Our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater was Kollin Wark. The junior backup quarterback was behind center for the second half and led the Cardinals on their only scoring drive of the night. Wark also handles punting duties and had 6 punts for 181 yards against Lakeview. The defeat dropped Coldwater’s record to 3-and-4 and 3-and-2 in the SMAC East. The Spartans improved to 7-and-0 and 5-and-0 in East, setting up their showdown at home next week against the Harper Creek Beavers, who also have a 5-and-0 division record. Coldwater next Friday will host Gull Lake in the Cardinals final home game of the season.
Bronson made sure Branch County teams weren’t blanked from the win column last night with the Vikings 41-to-24 homecoming victory over Centreville. The Vikings had a 27-6 halftime lead but the Bulldogs made it interesting with 12 unanswered points in the third quarter. But Bronson scored a touchdown two-and-a-half minutes into the fourth quarter to take a 35-18 lead and the Vikings were on their way to their second win of the season. Kyle Roberts had a big night for Bronson with 3 touchdown runs and 171 yards rushing. Also, quarterback Daniel McMichael had three touchdown strikes while completing 6 of 7 passes for 84 yards. Mykal Kline had two scoring receptions with the other t-d pass going to Ryan Hagen. The win gave the Vikings a final league mark of 1-and-2 in the last year of the St. Joe Valley Conference, which is disbanding with Bronson next year playing in the new B-C-S, Berrien-Cass-St. Joseph Conference. Bronson’s overall mark is now 2-and-5.
In the Big Eight Conference last night, Quincy was shutout at Reading 14-to-0. The loss leaves the Orioles and the Rangers both with 3-and-3 league records and 4-and-3 overall. Next week, Quincy visits conference leading Homer.
And Union City couldn’t stay up with Jonesville as the host Comets downed the Chargers 51-to-14. It was 6-6 at the end of the first quarter and then Jonesville broke it open with 32 second quarter points. Union City slips to 2-and-4 in the conference and 2-and-5 overall.
Last night in 8-man football, Tekonsha was nipped in a high scoring affair at Burr Oak, where the Bobcats beat Tekonsha 52-51.
In a few other select scores from around the area last night, beginning with the SMAC East.. Sturgis 17 Battle Creek Central 14
Gull Lake 35 Marshall 14
Harper Creek 44 Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 15
Also….Homer 48 Springport 7
Concord 18 Athens 14
North Adams-Jerome 20 Colon 8
Pennfield 15 Olivet 14
On today high school schedule, in volleyball, it’s Coldwater at St. John’s for the Redwing Invitational while Quincy is at the Hanover-Horton Invitational. And in cross country, Coldwater, Quincy, and Bronson run at the Sturgis Kiwanis Invitational.