COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, Friday night football and Week 3 saw Coldwater capture its first win of the season and likewise for Union City, but last night, Quincy suffered its first loss and Bronson also went down to defeat.
At Cardinal Field, Coldwater used a dominant second half defense to rally past the visiting Battle Creek Central Bearcats 20-to-13. The outcome leaves each team with a 1-and-2 record and a SMAC East win for Coldwater in the division opener for both schools. It’s the fifth straight season that the Cardinals have beaten the Bearcats, who enjoyed a 13-7 halftime lead last night. Coldwater’s first touchdown came on a 1-yard first quarter run by Bryant Garrett. The Cardinals took their first lead of the game with 3:16 left in the third quarter at the conclusion of a 7 play, 41 yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown run by Luke Stempien while Blaze Watson converted on the all-important extra point kick to put Coldwater ahead 14-13. The Cardinals closed out the scoring with 7:39 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 38-yard run by Cooper Murphy to make the final 20-13. Coldwater’s defense allowed Battle Creek Central 152 yards total offense in the first half. At the end of the game, the stat sheet showed that the Bearcats offensive output for the night ended up at 153 yards which equals a total shutdown defense for the Cardinals after the intermission, allowing only one net yard to Central in the second half. Leading the Coldwater defense were Zach DeMeester with 6 tackles and Shawn Reincke and Austin Siegel, each with 5 tackles along with 1-and-a-half sacks apiece. All of the Cardinal’s offense came on the ground with 227 yards rushing including 107 yards for Cooper Murphy and 106 yards for Bryant Garrett. Murphy and Garrett were selected as our McDonald’s Players of the Game for Coldwater, which returns to action next Friday night on the road against the Harper Creek Beavers, who last night held on for a 14-6 victory at Marshall.
Elsewhere last night, Quincy played its first road game and the Orioles couldn’t get past the Spartans with Springport winning 23-to-8. The defeat leaves Quincy with a 2-and-1 record and 1-and-1 in the Big Eight. Also in the Big Eight, Union City made the hometown fans happy by clipping Concord 34-to-27 for the Chargers first win of the season, giving them a 1-and-2 mark and 1-and-1 in conference play. Meanwhile, Bronson found the going rough at home as the Vikings were shutout by Pittsford 48-to-0. The visiting Wildcats scored 21 points in the second quarter to go up 27-to-0 at the half and then put it out of reach with 14 more points in the third quarter. Daniel McMichael had 39 yards rushing for the Vikings, who slip to 1-and-2 on the season. And last night in 8-man football, Tekonsha lost at home 75-to-0 to Battle Creek St. Philip.
And here’s your scoreboard for selected games around the area…….
Jonesville 52 Reading 32 Homer 45 Athens 8 Sturgis 28 Gull Lake 21 Battle Creek Lakeview 44 Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0 Camden Frontier 44 North Adams-Jerome 28 Pennfield 57 Galesburg-Augusta 0 Mendon 41 Edgerton, Ohio 6 Litchfield 72 Burr Oak 0
On today’s high school schedule, in volleyball, it’s Bronson at the Charlotte Invitational and also it’s the Union City Classic, including Quincy. In cross country, Coldwater and Bronson run at the Holly Invitational, Quincy is at Lakeview and Union City is at the Mendon Invitational. And in boy’s tennis, Bronson plays in a tournament at Niles. And in one cancellation, in boy’s soccer, Coldwater won’t be playing in the Adrian Maples Invitational, which has been called off for today due to the lack of an adequate number of game officials.