09-07-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

Krell and Lynch post perfect 8-0 records in week 2 Armchair Quarterbacking action

 Greg Krell and Rodney Lynch picked perfectly in Week 2 Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest action. Both notched 8-0 records as the college football season opened and their games were added to our mix.

Each week, our six intrepid football fanatics determine the winners of eight games. One of the eight games is selected as a tie-breaker game. The contestants must predict how many points will be scored in that game.

In the event there is a tie in the weekly standings, the tie-breaker game is used to determine the AQB’s rank.

With Krell and Lynch both holding 8-0 records – the best this week – their place in the rankings fell to the Michigan/Florida game. The Wolverines beat the Gators 33-17.

Krell predicted 59 points would be scored in the contest, while Lynch guessed a little higher at 63 points.  That gave Krell the #1 spot for the week, and Lynch landed in second place.

Bryan Conrad upped his game from last week’s 4-4 outing with his 7-1 record. Tim Hildebrand also went 7-1 this week and their place in the standings depended on their tie-breaker guess.

Conrad predicted 52 points would be scored, while Hildebrand went a little light with 44 points. Conrad took third place, and Hildebrand landed in fourth.

Fifth and sixth place also came down to the tie-breaker game.  RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht and Chris Leach battled it out, as Rodney-Isbrecht went with 45 points and Leach predicted 57. Rodney-Isbrecht earned the fifth-place finish, while Leach had to settle for sixth place.

With his impressive week this week, coupled with his second-place finish in the overall standings last week, Krell moves into first place with a 15-1overall record.

Rodney-Isbrecht moves down a spot into second place, just one game out of first, with a 14-2 record.

Three players are knotted up in third place with 13-3 records: Leach, Hildebrand, and Lynch. That leaves Conrad in sixth place with an 11-5 record, just two games out of third place and four from first.

Professional football players take the field this weekend for their first game of the season. Those games have been added into the mix as we now officially task our AQBs with predicting high school, college, and pro games.

Here are the contests this week:

Fennville @ Coloma

Mendon @ Hartford

Maple City Glen Lake @ Watervliet

WMU @ MSU

Georgia @ Notre Dame

Cincinnati @ Michigan

Arizona @ Detroit

Atlanta @ Chicago

The WMU and MSU game is this week’s tie-breaker contest. Be sure to watch as the Broncos and Spartans tangle in Lansing.

Check back next week to see how your favorite AQB fared! Now, let’s go play some football!

Hamlin wins at Darlington as Truex Jr. lays claim to regular season championship

Sunday was Denny Hamlin’s day. He chased down leader Martin Truex Jr. at Darlington Raceway to win the Bojangles’ Southern 500. It is a feat worth mentioning considering Hamlin missed the entrance to Pit Road in the hopes of getting fresh tires as the race waned.

Hamlin had to drive around the track again to the entrance, which put him in 14th place after exiting. He tore through the field of drivers and made a beeline for Truex Jr.’s bumper in stunning fashion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Hamlin secured his second win of the season and 31st of his career. He led 124 laps of the contest, having started the race in ninth position.

Taking second place was Kyle Busch. He started third and led six laps en route to his runner-up status.

Kurt Busch led seven laps on his way to a third place finish. He picked up his fourth top five of the season.

Austin Dillon finished fourth.  Dillon has three top five finishes this season, but has see-sawed over the last month. He took fourth Sunday, but finished 39th the previous week. The two weeks before that Dillon finished 26th and 7th.

Rookie Erik Jones rounded out the top five.  Jones has earned four top five finishes this year, three of them coming over the past three races.

Drivers who led laps but did not finish in the top five included: Martin Truex, Jr. (76), Kevin Harvick (22), Kyle Larson (a race-high 124, tied with Hamlin), Brad Keselowski (3), and Landon Cassill (5).

Sunday’s race featured eight drivers finishing on the lead lap. The 25th race of the season also saw eight caution periods for 38 laps, and 20 lead changes.

Pole sitter Kevin Harvick finished ninth.

The Dale Earnhardt Jr. watch continues. In his last season as a full-time NASCAR driver Earnhardt Jr. finished 22nd at Darlington. The same spot from which he started. He was two laps off the lead as the race ended.

Truex Jr. won the regular season championship title Sunday and still maintains a grip on the driver standings. He has reached 1,000 points. Kyle Busch trails by 107 points in second place, while Larson is in third, 116 points back.

Teams are headed to Richmond Raceway for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400, the final race before the Chase for the Championship begins.

Hamlin, a winner at Richmond in 2016, will have to hold off 39 other drivers, including Joey Logano, who won here in April this year. With the final race of the regular season at their fingertips, expect to see some hard-charging, fast driving, and super-speedy cars and drivers on Saturday.

Hartford bashes Bangor 60-7 for second win of season

If there was any doubt whether the Hartford Indians came to play football this year, let those doubts come to a halt. The Indians marked their second victory of the season with a 60-7 bashing of the visiting Bangor Vikings Thursday, August 31.

It looked easy from the get-go. Hartford kicked off to Bangor to open the game, and the ball was downed at Bangor’s eight yard line. After a first possession in which Bangor struggled on each play, the Vikings were forced to punt from within their own 10 yard line.

INDIAN PASS… Hartford quarterback Garrod Johnson throws the ball to receiver Joe Beebe during Thursday’s home opener against Bangor. The In-dians proved victorious over the Vikings, 60-7, and earned their second win of the season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


But, the punt proved bothersome for Bangor and Hartford took over at Bangor’s two yard line. With only 53 seconds off the clock, Hartford scored their first TD of the game – a one-yard run by Robert Ledesma Jr. Danny Resendez kicked the point after and the score stood 7-0 Hartford.

Bangor’s next possession fared as equally devastating for the Vikings. Bangor had a miscue on the kickoff. With Bangor coaching staff yelling, “Out of bounds” the receiver let the ball go… and it proceeded to drop in bounds and rolled to inside the five yard line before being touched.

The Vikings were able to advance the ball a bit but had to punt from their own 14 yard line.

Bangor’s misfortune was Hartford’s gain. Bangor was flagged for a false start and had to back up five yards. The Bangor punter then had to field a bobbled snap and put his knee on the ground while trying to gain control of the ball. Unfortunately for him, his knee was down in the end zone, giving Hartford the two-point safety. At 9:40 left in the first quarter, Hartford led 9-0.

With the ball in their hands, Hartford began a march down the field. Hartford quarterback Garrod Johnson got a push from his linemen and picked up a first down. A few plays later, Hartford, facing fourth down and six yards to go, Johnson aired out the ball to Moses Beraza, who hit the end zone from eight yards out with 5:24 left on the clock.  The two-point conversion pass was incomplete, but Hartford led 15-0.

The Indians final score in the first quarter came at the hands of another Bangor error.

With the ball in hand, the Bangor quarterback attempted a pass to a player not facing him, which sailed to the ground. Hartford’s Luke Manning downed the ball on Bangor’s 12 yard line.

It was Garrod Johnson who scored the touchdown on a three-yard quarterback keeper with 3:16 left to play in the first quarter. Danny Resendez took to the field for the PAT for Hartford. On the team’s first attempt at the extra point, he was hit by a Bangor defender. That allowed Hartford to try again.

On attempt number two, the ball sailed high. Resendez grabbed it and threw to the end zone. Two Indians were downfield but neither one was able to come up with the ball.  Hartford increased their lead 21-0.

Bangor got on the board in the final minute of the first quarter with a 56-yard pass and successful PAT.

Hartford tallied 44 plays for 345 yards. The squad had 221 rushing yards and 124 in the air. Comparably, Bangor ran 50 plays for a