COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The 2014 high school varsity football season kicked off last night as teams across Michigan started play on Thursday ahead of the Labor Day Holiday weekend and for Coldwater, it was a victorious beginning,with the Cardinals scoring a season opening win for the first time since 1983 as the defense stood strong in a 20-0 shutout at Hastings. It was a scoreless first quarter and then Coldwater quarterback Luke Beckhusen had an 11-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes left in the half to put the Cardinals on the board. Blaze Watson added a 44-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to make it 10-0 at halftime.
The score stayed the same heading into the fourth quarter when Beckhusen iced the outcome with a 58-yard touchdown scamper with 5:01 remaining in the game. Late in the 4th quarter, Blaze Watson nailed his second field goal of the game, a 37-yarder, for the final points of the contest which was the first meeting between Coldwater and Hastings in 30 years. Luke Beckhusen, who had a total of 114 yards rushing, was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater. On the night, Coldwater outgained Hastings 245-118 on the ground. Next Friday night, it’s the Cardinals home opener as they host the Marshall Redhawks, who dropped their first game 26-21 at Milan.
There was one opening game played last night in Branch County as county-rivals Quincy and Bronson matched up in Bronson and the visitors from Quincy rolled past the Vikings 48-6. Quinn Eifrid and Chase Cook scored two touchdowns apiece for the Orioles while Jordan Weber added a touchdown and led the way in rushing with 117 yards on 13 carries. On defense, Brad Diffenbaugh had 5 tackles and a fumble recovery. Union City held on for a win on the road last night as the Chargers beat White Pigeon 20-19. And in 8-man football, Tekonsha dropped its opener with the Indians losing 37-22 at Burr Oak.
Elsewhere on the high school sports scene yesterday, in volleyball, Bronson won the Pinconning Invitational with a 6-0 record on the day including a 2-0 victory over St. Louis in the title match. Earlier, Bronson beat Mt. Pleasant in the semi-finals and in pool play and also defeated Merrill, Petoskey, and Alma. Individual stat leaders on the day were Skyler Sobeski with 50 kills, Kirin Cekander with 74 digs, Kiana Mayer with 6 blocks, Jill Pyles with 11 aces and Alexa Ratkowski with 128 assists. Bronson improved its season record to 14-2.
In cross country yesterday, the Coldwater boys started their season and finished third out of 8 teams at the Adrian Invitational. Zach Murphy ran a personal career best and took second place overall for the Cardinals. Also bringing home top 15 medals were Adam Clemens in sixth place and Spencer Leist in 13th place. And in a dual meet at Colon, the Bronson boys and girls teams scored victories over the Magi. The boys won 15-50 with a 19-43 decision for the girls. Hunter Trine finished first in the boys race for the Vikings while Carissa Ross won the girls race.
Thursday in boys tennis, Coldwater had a third place finish at the Okemos junior varsity quad. Evan Henry won his flight at second singles while taking two of their three matches at second doubles were Jacob Matevia and Blake Yates.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater volleyball coach Larry Knauss.