UNDATED (WTVB) - Coldwater’s bid to get its first football win over Harper Creek in 21 years fell short Friday night, as the Beavers beat the visiting Cardinals 39-9. Two of Harper’s scores were set up by a booming 44-yard punt by the Beavers’ Zach Testolin late in the 2nd quarter that was downed at the Cardinal 1-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Cooper Murphy was tackled in the end zone for a safety. Harper would score on a five-play, 45-yard drive following the free kick. Coldwater would get on the board as time expired in the first half, when Luke Beckhusen threw a 4-yard TD pass to Cooper Murphy; his run on the two-point conversion attempt was stopped inches shy of the goal line. The Cardinals would score again on the first drive of the second half; a 42-yard Blaze Watson field goal would trim the Beaver lead to 16-9. That would be as close as Coldwater would get, as momentum would permanently shift to the royal blue and white late in the 3rd quarter following a fumble recovered by the Beavers in the end zone. Luke Beckhusen, our McDonald’s Player of the Game finished the game 8-of-14 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown, while Cooper Murphy had 16 carries for 62 yards and 2 catches for 51 yards and a receiving touchdown. Ryan Hadley led the defense with 7 tackles, while Chris VandenHout had 6. Harper Creek improves to 3-1 overall, 2-0 in the SMAC East; Coldwater drops to 1-3 overall, 1-1 in East division play as the Cardinals host Sturgis for Homecoming this coming Friday.
Bronson could only muster 18 yards of total offense, all on the ground, as they were shut out by Cassopolis 42-0 at Charles Hilton Field. The Vikings drop to 1-3 overall.
Quincy was shut out at Jonesville 30-0, as the Comets, ranked 8th in Division 6, remain unbeaten on the season. Jimmy King had 15 carries for 70 yards while leading the defense with 17 tackles as the Orioles drop to 2-2 overall, 1-2 in the Big 8.
Union City will keep the Little Brown Jug in its trophy case for the 13th straight year thanks to their 33-14 win at Athens. Aaron Watson had 19 carries for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns along with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Chargers improve to 2-2 overall, 2-1 in the Big 8.
- (at) Sturgis 28, Marshall 25
- Lakeview 40, (at) Battle Creek Central 0 (Spartans still unscored upon)
- Gull Lake 28, (at) Loy Norrix 13
ST. JOE VALLEY
- (at) Mendon 50, Gary (IN) Wallace 0
- (at) New Buffalo 14, White Pigeon 7
- (at) Springport 18, Reading 13
- Homer 44, (at) Concord 6
Coldwater hosted the Lady Cardinal Golf Invitational on Friday and despite the predicted bad weather the event came off without a hitch. Kalamazoo Hackett won the event with a team score of 346. Marshall took 2nd with a 380, Coldwater's "Red" team finished 3rd with a 387, and Battle Creek Lakeview took 4th with a 389. Coldwater's "White" team finished in 16th place out of the 18 teams that participated and shot a team score of 475.
On today’s schedule, in 8-man football, Tekonsha visits Portland St. Patrick. In volleyball, Coldwater and Bronson are at the Portage Northern Huskie Invitational. In boys soccer, Coldwater and Quincy are at the Kalamazoo Central Invitational. In cross country, Coldwater and Bronson are at the Jackson Invitational at Ella Sharp Park, while Quincy and Union City run at the Pittsford Invitational. And in boys tennis, Coldwater is at the Allegan Invitational, while Bronson hosts Bridgman.