09-08-2016 Tri-City Area Sports


KRISTY NOACK PRESS BOX HEADER 7-2014
NO WHERE TO GO… Colo-ma’s Rickie McClain wraps up a Gobles Tiger from behind on Thursday as teammate Tevin Blazier puts a stop to the for-ward motion. Coloma dropped its home opener 50-27 and falls to 0-2 this season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

NO WHERE TO GO… Colo-ma’s Rickie McClain wraps up a Gobles Tiger from behind on Thursday as teammate Tevin Blazier puts a stop to the forward motion. Coloma dropped its home opener 50-27 and falls to 0-2 this season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


The Coloma varsity football team opened their season at home Thursday evening with two scoring drives in the first quarter. However, it was not enough as the Comets fell to the visiting Gobles Tigers 50-27. Coloma’s Caleb McDaniel grabbed a 25-yard pass from quarterback Zach Goodline for the first six points of the game. Derek Plitt’s point after attempt was good, and the Comets led 7-0 early. Coloma’s second score of the first quarter came on a four yard scamper by Goodline into the end zone. Plitt’s kick was good, and Coloma held a 14-0 lead. Gobles closed out the first quarter scoring on a 28-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion to close the gap to 14-8. Both teams charged into the second quarter, but Coloma drew first blood. McDaniel did the heavy lifting again, running the ball in from three yards out. Plitt made it 21-8 on his successful PAT. Gobles then roared back and commanded most of the game. The Tigers scored twice in the second quarter on two TDs and one two-point conversion attempt. As the squads headed into the locker room, Gobles had a one point advantage over Coloma, 22-21. The scoring in the third quarter was solely Gobles-based.  Two more rushing touchdowns added 12 points to their total. They failed to convert a two-point try and a kick. Gobles lead increased to 34-21 at the end of three. Gobles began the fourth quarter with a booming 58-yard run and two-point conversion, giving them a 42-21 lead. However, Coloma was not done scoring yet.  Zack Lake rushed four yards for a touchdown to score another six points. Plitt’s kick was no good. Coloma trailed 42-27. Gobles last scoring drive earned them another rushing TD and a successful two-point conversion gave the Tigers a 50-27 victory. Coloma drops to 0-2 this season, having lost to Schoolcraft the week before. Gobles had zero passing yards during the contest. Their quarterback attempted one lone pass, which was not caught. Coloma did a nice job of spreading their offense around. Goodline had four completions on 13 attempted passes for 48 yards including one touchdown. Goodline also ran for 20 yards on 14 tries. McDaniel was Goodline’s most popular target. He caught two passes for 39 yards and one touchdown. Lake caught one pass for 13 yards. Robbie Schroeder caught one pass for six yards. Lake was the team’s leading rusher. He gained 107 yards on 11 carries, including one for 43 yards. McDaniel rushed for 97 yards on 12 carries, including one touchdown. Levi Wilkens had one carry for three yards. Defensively Wilkens accounted for a team-leading four tackles and two assists. Zane Lute and Calvin Hutchinson each posted three tackles.  Bryce Peters notched two tackles and two assists. Christian Hudson, Trystan Skaggs, Rickie McClain, and Lake accounted for two tackles and one assist each. Danny Najacht posted one tackle and one assist. Coloma ran 72 total plays during the game. They earned 48 passing yards and 211 rushing yards. The Comets had 19 first downs. The good news for the Comets is that they are playing a more discipline game of football than in the last few years. The team proved that Thursday by committing zero turnovers.  Unfortunately, Coloma was hit hard with penalties. They racked up a total of 69 penalty yards on 11 whistle blowing incidents. The discipline that has served them well on turnovers will need to trickle over to both sides of the ball regarding penalties. And it needs to happen sooner in the season rather than later. Coloma welcomes Watervliet on Friday. Coloma is offering some tailgating fun beginning at 4:30 p.m. including live music, games, and food for fans of all ages. Coloma (now 0-2) will take on the Panthers (1-1) at 7:00 p.m. in a Southwestern Athletic Conference matchup.

WIDE-EYED… Watervliet sophomore Matthew Melcher holds onto the ball while trying to push past Ben Crofoot of Schoolcraft Thursday night. Watervliet lost at home to the Eagles 51-30 and is now 1-1 on the season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

WIDE-EYED… Watervliet sophomore Matthew Melcher holds onto the ball while trying to push past Ben Crofoot of Schoolcraft Thursday night. Watervliet lost at home to the Eagles 51-30 and is now 1-1 on the season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Watervliet wilts in second half in loss to Schoolcraft