09-13-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

Watervliet Football thumps Parchment

After a very devastating week two loss to the Saugatuck Indians, the Watervliet Panthers bounced back ferociously in week three taking down the Panthers of Parchment by a score of 50-22.

Watervliet got out to a slow start but were able to capitalize off a couple of turnovers to make the lead 14-0 at the end of the first.

The second quarter was more of the same, with the defense continuing to shut down the Parchment offense and the hometown Panthers putting up more points. Senior QB Garrett Matthews had two of his three rushing TDs in the quarter, while senior WR Jakob Aldrich had one of his two receiving TDs in the second stanza.

ANY WHICH WAY… Coloma’s Nick Santarlas drags a Buchanan Buck along for the ride as he chugs downfield picking up 24 yards Friday night in the pass play. Coloma improved to 2-1 on the season after beating Buchanan 54-22. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


As the teams headed to the locker room for halftime Watervliet had opened up a commanding 36-0 lead. The Panthers extended their lead to 42 points after three quarters and cruised to victory in a dominating fashion.

The Watervliet Panther defense allowed less than 150 yards through three quarters on Friday. Matthews and Aldrich both had interceptions while the defensive line and junior linebacker Collen Doneruse shined in his first start on varsity.

Matthews rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Don Smith III added in 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Aldrich led the receiving for Watervliet with 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Next week the Panthers (2-1, 0-0) hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to Fennville to face the Blackhawks (2-1, 0-0). It is the last non-division game for Watervliet. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Comets top the Bucks

The Coloma Comets took on the Buchanan Bucks Friday night and came out on top by a score of 54-22.

Coloma jumped on the board quickly due to a 72-yard run by Caleb Ellis for a score in the first quarter and then extended that lead later in the first to make the score 16-0. Buchanan decided to change that going forward bringing the game within two points midway through the second, but the Comet offense was too much for Buchanan all night long as Coloma added two more scores before the half courtesy of Zack Lake and Zach Goodline.

Coloma kept up the fast-paced offense as the night went on to a victory.

Quarterback Zach Goodline threw for 76 yards, but he really shined on the ground as he rushed for 198 yards and one touchdown. Ellis had 122 yards rushing and two scores as did Lake. Kenyan Boyd offered a touchdown on the ground as well.

Boyd led the team in tackles with three and Cody Reese shined with two solo tackles and five assisted tackles.

Coloma now has a 2-1 record in the 2018 MHSAA Football season and is home this Friday night as they take on Saginaw Arthur Hill. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

Hartford wins in thriller against Mendon

Friday night was a game for the ages for the Hartford Indians as they welcomed Michigan High School Football juggernaut, Mendon, into Indian territory. They did not just greet the Hornets of Mendon, they sent them home packing by taking them down 26-24 in overtime!