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HS Football: Coldwater falls short against Portage Northern; Bronson, Quincy also win

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Coldwater prepares to take the field before their game against Portage Northern on September 6, 2013.
Coldwater prepares to take the field before their game against Portage Northern on September 6, 2013.

UNDATED (WTVB) - In high school football, Coldwater wound up 9 points short in their 2nd-half comeback effort against Portage Northern Friday night at Cardinal Field, falling 22-13 in the Cardinals’ home opener. The Huskies dominated the first half, scoring 3 passing touchdowns and capitalizing on Coldwater’s botched punt attempt to score a safety, to take a 22-0 halftime lead. The Cardinals were able to pitch a defensive shutout in the second half while scoring on an 8-yard pitch from quarterback Luke Beckhusen to Cooper Murphy in the 3rd quarter and on a 1-yard Bryant Garrett run in the 4th. Cooper Murphy had 25 carries for 69 yards and a TD, Garrett had 15 carries for 62 yards and a score, and Beckhusen had 9 carries for 27 yards while going 1-for-3 from the air for 17 yards. Defensively, Randy Brown and Zach DeMeester had 6 tackles apiece. Our McDonald’s Player of the Game, Luke Stempien, had 4 tackles from his strong safety position, caught Beckhusen’s only completed pass, and had a pair of long punt returns. The Cardinals drop to 0-2 and will open up SMAC East play next Friday by hosting Battle Creek Central.

Bronson’s comeback effort against Onsted was more successful, as the Vikings scored twice in the second half to beat the visiting Wildcats at Charles Hilton Field 18-14 and give new head coach Dan Burzynski his first win for the purple and gold. Daniel McMichael had 21 carries for 84 yards and a rushing touchdown; he was also 7-for-11 passing for 61 yards and a TD pass to Kyle Roberts, who himself had 10 carries for 61 yards and a rushing TD. Beau Murphy and Skyler Riker had 6 tackles apiece as the Vikings improve to 1-1.

Quincy opened up Big 8 Conference play by running over visiting Concord 42-18. Jimmy Strock had 21 carries for 175 and 2 touchdowns, while Jimmy King had 9 carries for 113 yards, including a 77-yard TD run. Quinn Eifrid and Jake Jodway had the other rushing touchdowns for the Orioles, while Chase Cook connected with Michael Tesch for a 61-yard score. King led the Quincy defense with 12 tackles as the Orioles improve to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big 8.

Union City dropped to 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the Big 8 as Homer dominated the visiting Chargers 49-7. The Trojans led 42-7 at halftime while piling up 447 yards of total offense against the Union City defense.

Tekonsha lost a shootout at Webberville 56-52. Jeremy Scherer had 30 carries for 191 yards 4 touchdowns while leading the defense with 11 tackles. Riley Lloyd threw for 233 yards and 2 TDs, both caught by Isaac Mead who finished with 176 receiving yards as the Indians fell to 0-2 overall and in the Southern Michigan 8-Man Football League.

OTHER SCORES

SMAC CROSS-DIVISIONAL

Kalamazoo Central 23, Battle Creek Central 7

St. Joseph 14, Harper Creek 9

BC Lakeview 50, Benton Harbor 0

Mattawan 64, Marshall 34

Sturgis 34, Niles 33

Lakeshore 51, Gull Lake 27

Portage Central 56, Loy Norrix 7

BIG 8

Reading 35, Athens 0

Jonesville 46, Springport 44 (3 OT)

ST. JOE VALLEY

Mendon 53, Cassopolis 7

Niles Brandywine 49, Centreville 0

White Pigeon 52, Three Oaks River Valley 0

In girls golf, Coldwater traveled to Marshall on Friday to participate in the Redhawk Invitational and ended up in 9th place out of 16 teams shooting a team score of 416.  Lakewood won the event with a 351, with St. Joe in 2nd and Battle Creek Lakeview in 3rd Place.  Coldwater was led by Anna Wendorf with a 99, Emma Dwyer carded a 102, Cecelia Ward shot a 107, Kaitlyn Vella had a 108, and Madison Donbrock rounded out Coldwater's scoring with a 124.  Playing as an individual, Coldwater's Kelsey Parrish shot a 115.

On today’s schedule, in volleyball, Coldwater and Union City are at the Cereal City Invitational at Lakeview, while Bronson hosts the Viking Invitational with Quincy among the participating teams. In boys soccer, Coldwater hosts Quincy this afternoon at 1 in a contest rescheduled from September 24th. In cross country, Coldwater, Quincy, and Union City are at the Centreville Invitational at Glen Oaks Community College, while Bronson runs at the Harper Creek Invitational. Finally, in boys tennis, Coldwater travels to the Loy Norrix Invitational.

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