09-19-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma Varsity football team wins on the road at Buchanan

The Coloma Comet varsity football team was faced with a daunting task, when this fall’s schedule first appeared. The Comets would have to battle on the road for 3 weeks, before they had the chance to play their first game in front of a home crowd. The third game for the road weary Comets, who lost in their first 2 contests, seemed to be the charm, as they played Buchanan to 0-0 tie until midway thru the fourth quarter, when they finally scratched out a couple of touchdowns, and came away with a 14-6 Victory.

The first half both teams had opportunities to score, but with each attempt they were thwarted by the opposing defense. The Comets had two great chances with several sets of downs inside the Bucks 10 yard line, but twice were stopped short of the goal line on downs. The second time, with just 2 minutes in the half, the Bucks took over on their own 2 yard line. When the Bucks QB threw a pass that the Comets picked off, setting up Coloma inside the 10 yard line. The Comets couldn’t get the ball over the goal line, and once again turned the ball over at the one yard line, and the half ended at 0-0

COMET STRONG… Coloma Comet defenders Kenyon Boyd #2 and Alex DeLaTorre #34, double up to stop the Buchanan quarterback at the 2 yard line, in keeping Buchanan out of the end zone. The Comets played tough defense all night long in picking up their first win of the year, 14-6, at Buchanan. (TCR Photo By Dave Vollrath)

In the fourth quarter Coloma finally put together a 65 yard drive in 13 plays, led mostly by hard runs up the middle by Ian Ishmael the Comet fullback, following the blocking of Cole Alsup, and the big guys up front. With the ball on the Buck’s five yard line, Noah Schwanke was able to get around the left corner and sprint into the end zone. Drew Goodline, sneaked over with the 2 point conversion, for an 8-0 lead.

On the next Bucks possession, the Comets got their third interception of the game, when Michael Dancer went up over the receiver and picked off the pass at the Buck’s 38 yard line. Coloma moved the ball somewhat, but when they stalled out, had a fourth down and 13 yards to go at the Bucks 17. Cody Palgen entered the game at wide out for Coloma, and Goodline lofted a fade route toward the front corner of the goal line, where Palgen went up and wrestled the ball away from the defender, and came down with it at the Bucks 2 yard line. With a fresh set of downs, Coloma wasted no time, with Goodline taking it in for the score. The PAT was no good, and with a 14-0 lead, there was only 2:15 left in the game. The Bucks did score in the final seconds, helped by a couple of Comet penalties, one was a highly questionable late hit, deep in Coloma territory, but 6 points was all the home team could muster, and Coloma came away with a 14-6 badly needed win.

Ian Ishmael was the leading rusher for the Comets with 46 yards in 12 carries, all were runs into the middle of the Buchanan defense, Goodline rushed for 38 yards in 13 carries with 1 TD, and one PAT. Noah Schwanke had 18 yards in 6 carries with the 1 touchdown. Goodline finished with 3-11 passing and 68 yards. Kenyon Boyd hauled in two of those passes for 53 yards.

Coloma finally comes home Friday September 20th, to face Berrien Springs.

Comets volleyball team comes home with championship trophy from


The Coloma girls volleyball team, played in the Climax-Scotts invitational tournament on Saturday September 14, and went undefeated 5-0, in winning their first tournament of the year. The Comets coached by Kim Swisher, went 3-0 in pool play, defeating Tekonsha 25-24 and 25-8. Then beat Marshall 25-7 and 25-3, and w