COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in Friday night football, there were three homecoming games with Coldwater and Quincy celebrating big wins while Union City wasn’t able to complete the county sweep and for Bronson, it turned out to be a rough road trip for the Vikings.
The Coldwater Cardinals made sure what could be their last matchup for a while with long time arch-rival Sturgis would go in the victory column for Coldwater as they pulled away for a 34-14 win over the Trojans. The outcome left both teams with 2-and-1 records in the SMAC East with Coldwater’s overall record at 2-and-3 while Sturgis slips to 3-and-2. The Cardinals are leaving the SMAC and next year will be competing in the newly formed Interstate 8 Conference, making last night’s 98th encounter with the Trojans all the more noteworthy. Coldwater led Sturgis at halftime 19-7 and stretched the advantage to 34-to-7 before the Trojans added a late score in what ended to be a 20-point win for the Cardinals. Sean Watson and Al Rakocy, our broadcast team for last night’s game coverage of AM 1590 and FM 95.5, selected Cooper Murphy as our Coldwater McDonald’s Player of the Game. Murphy found the end zone twice in the first half on a pair of short runs and finished the night with 119 yards rushing on 24 carries. Coldwater’s other touchdowns on the night came on a 20-yard pass from Luke Beckhusen to Lucas Stempien, a 7 yard run by Chris Vandenhout and a 5-yard run by Kollin Wark. And our congratulations to the 2013 Homecoming Queen and King, Kattie Ness and Tristan Oberlin. Next Friday night, Coldwater will be on the road to play Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, who lost to Marshall last night 27-to-12.
Quincy’s homecoming win over Athens featured 4 touchdown runs by Jimmy King as the Orioles rolled past Athens 46-0. King had 152 yards on the ground and also had a team-high 9 tackles. Selected homecoming queen and king for Quincy were Bobbie Luckadoo and Jimmy Strock. The victory improved the Orioles record to 3-and-2 overall and 2-and-2 in the Big Eight.
Also in the Big 8, Union City couldn’t stop Springport as the visiting Spartans defeated the Chargers 50-14.Congratulations to Union City’s homecoming Queen, Grace Hilarides. The loss dropped the Charger’s record to 2-and-3 overall and 2-and-2 in conference play.
Bronson had a tough night at Mendon, where the Division Eight second ranked undefeated Hornets shutout the Vikings 70-0. Bronson’s loss in the St. Joe Valley Conference opener dropped their record to 1-and-4.
And in 8-man football, Tekonsha celebrated their homecoming with a 57-0 win over Litchfield. In some other selected scores from last night around the area….
Homer 41 Reading 0 Jonesville 51 Concord 20 Battle Creek Lakeview 35 Gull Lake 0 Harper Creek 31 Battle Creek Central 8 Pennfield 42 Maple Valley 6 Constantine 61 Kalamazoo Christian 36
On today’s high school schedule, in boys soccer, Coldwater plays at home this afternoon against Tecumseh with the j-v match starting at noon and the varsity to follow around 2 o’clock. Also in soccer, it’s Quincy at Adrian. In volleyball, it’s Bronson at the Howell Invitational while Quincy is at Stockbridge. And in cross country, Coldwater and Bronson are at the Otsego Invitational.