Hartford Football remains undefeated
The 2018 season has been off to a very hot start for the Hartford Indians Varsity Football team. Coach Brad Manning has the Indians on a fast 4-0 start on the season heading into week five and has the team ranked seventh overall in Division 7 of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Hartford got their fourth win of the year on Friday night as they traveled to Marcellus coming away victoriously by a score of 23-7.
This win means that Hartford remains unbeaten so far this season and is another huge win added to the win column after a massive win in week three against Michigan football power house, the Mendon Hornets.
The Indians got off to a slow start in the first quarter against Marcellus on Friday, coming up scoreless in the first. This continued into the second going into halftime down 7-0.
That did not last for long as they jumped on the board to take the lead after a score by Moses Beraza in the third making the score 8-7. Beraza hit pay dirt once again in the fourth quarter as did Quarterback Aaron Sinclair as the Indians rode into victory by beating the Wildcats 23-7.
Sinclair had 19 yards passing and 54 rushing yards and a touchdown on the night.
Hartford running back Moses Beraza had a stellar night on the ground as he rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Indians were led by Evan Parker and Kyle Manning who each came away with four tackles. Joe Beebe, Evan Delarosa, Corey Arnold, and Xavier Salinas all had three tackles to add in as well.
In addition to the tackling, Manning and Salinas both had an interception as well.
Hartford is home this week against the Decatur Raiders on Friday night. That game is set with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
Heartbreaker for Watervliet in Fennville
The Watervliet Panthers came up short in a heartbreaker against the Fennville Black hawks on Friday night, losing to Fennville by a score of 34-30. The Panthers went into the game at 2-1 and had not lost a game to Fennville since the 2009 football season.
To make a long story short, the Blackhawks came out guns a blazing against Watervliet and shut them out in the first half 21-0. The Panthers had no answer for the Blackhawks in the first half.
Watervliet went into the half without a point on the board but were ready to get back on the field and show people what they were made of. They did that by scoring 30 unanswered points in the second half, while only allowing one score in the final seconds, and forcing multiple turnovers including multiple sacks, tackles for losses, fumbles, and interceptions.
The Panthers scored the go-ahead touchdown with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter to put themselves up by three, but unfortunately one final score on a rolling out 30-yard touchdown by Fennville to win the game with one second remaining in the fourth determined the outcome. Although the monumental comeback was not completed, the Panthers really showed what they were made of in the second half.
Quarterback Garrett Matthews threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
On the receiving end, Kris Lenox caught six passes for 76 yards, Tristan Schultz caught five passes for 71 yards, and Jakob Aldrich rounded out the board with nine snags for 56 yards and two scores.
Don Smith rushed for 26 yards and also chipped in 25 yards through the air.
For the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers really made their mark in the second half.
Matthews had five tackles and an interception and Aldrich had four tackles and another pick to add. Smith led the team in tackles with seven, and Jonny Benavidez scooped up a big fumble recovery in the second half.
The loss to Fennville drops the Panthers to 2-2 going into week five at Kalamazoo United. Kickoff is set for 7:00 this Friday night in Kalamazoo.
Comets get win number three
In Friday’s non-league matchup, the Coloma Comets football squad scored a big 58-24 victory over the Saginaw Arthur Hill Lumberjacks. Coloma wins their third game of the season and they did so in dominating fashion.
In the first quarter, Coloma jumped all over Arthur Hill shutting them out 22-0 with scores from Zack Lake twice and once from Caleb Ellis.
In the second quarter, Quarterback Zach Goodline connected to Kenny Crowder for a touchdown making the score 30-0 in favor of the Comets. It took Arthur Hill midway through the second before they connected on a 33-yard touchdown bomb to make the score 30-6.
Ellis answered back quickly by snagging a ball from Goodline for a 26-yard touchdown. But before they went into the locker rooms for the half, Arthur Hill found another touchdown courtesy of a 42-yard pass to make the score 38-12 at halftime.
Coloma came out fast in the third quarter, shutting out Arthur Hill once again extending their lead 52-12. That would be the last time the Comets scored on Friday night and they marched to a big 52-24 victory over Saginaw Arthur Hill.
Goodline threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 38 yards in the victory. The rushing attack was dominant from all angles on Friday as well. Lake rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns. Kenyan Boyd rushed for 70 yards and one touchdown, and Ellis rushed for 62 yards and touchdown as well. Sin’cere Taylor led the Comets in receiving with 62 yards. Kenyan Boyd had 28 yards. Ellis and Crowder caught a pass each for a score as well.
Defensive player of the night for Coloma goes to Cody Reese who had six tackles and a fumble forced. Nick Santarlas had four tackles and also two sacks.
Coloma travels to Constantine this Friday night to take on the undefeated Falcons hoping to give them their first loss of the season. That game starts at 7:00 tomorrow night.
Watervliet Cross Country places at Fenn Valley
The Watervliet varsity boys’ cross team kicked off the SAC season with a 2nd place finish at the 13-team conference jamboree finishing behind Saugatuck. Gus Hinch came across the line in 18:06 for 6th place while Ezra Troyer was 10th in 18:39. Team depth was a key as the rest of the varsity seven all ran under-20 minutes.
The girls opened the conference season with a 9th place finish at Fenn Valley. Yona Klimkiewicz was the top Panther finisher with a time of 27:12. Aria Richards was just three seconds behind. Jazmin Moron, Destiny Kerr, and Laiya Liberto all ran new personal best times.
Hartford Soccer dominates Three Rivers
Coach Nick Blackmer and his boys’ soccer team nearly blanked Three Rivers Monday night in dominating fashion, winning 6-1. Danny Gutierrez had two goals for the Indians as did Joel Soto and Miggy Cardoso. On the defensive side, Rudy Martinez had six saves and the whole team did an excellent job containing Three Rivers by only allowing one goal on the night, by penalty kick.
Hartford moves onto a 9-1 record on the season and 5-0 in the Southwest 10 Conference.
Lady Indians’ volleyball results from New Buffalo Tournament
The Hartford Indians Varsity Volleyball squad competed in a tournament over the weekend in New Buffalo.
They split the first match losing the first game 12-21 and winning the second, 21-17, versus Berrien Springs.
In the second match they lost both games although just short of winning the second one. The final score was 20-21 in that game against New Buffalo.
The Indians turned it on against the Eau Claire Beavers winning both 21-16 and then 21-10.
To end the day, the Indians dropped two games to Kalamazoo Hackett.
In kills for the day, Mikenzie Chambers had 19, Megan Nelson had 11, and Janell Babcock had two as did Jaelyne Galvan.
Chambers also led in blocks.
In aces, Chambers had six, Babcock had five, Galvan had five, and Nelson had four.
The dig count for the day went Nelson with 103, Galvan with 71 and Karla Robles with 50.
Watervliet Athletic Hall of Fame continues to seek nominations
The Watervliet Athletic Department is seeking nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Nominations will be accepted up to October 1, 2018.
For more information about the nomination process and who’s eligible, please go to the Watervliet Public School web page, www.watervlietps.org and hover over the Athletics tab and then down to Watervliet Hall of Fame Nominations.
The Class of 2019 will be inducted on Saturday, February 16 at halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game.
Press Box Player of the Week
This week’s Tri-City Record Press Box Player of the Week is Gus Hinch from Watervliet High School.
Gus is a senior at WHS who participates in Track and Cross Country. At the Fenn Valley SAC Conference Jamboree, Gus ran an 18:06 5K to lead Watervliet to a second-place finish at the meet.
Little change in standings for TCR AQB with week four action!
By Ben Loshbough
With week four officially concluded in our 2018 Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest, we are starting to see our AQBs settle into their comfort zones, as very little changes for this week. First, for a rundown of the rules!
Each week six local, community-minded football fans try to predict the outcomes of eight football games. The start of each season features only high school games as they are the only games happening. Pro and college football games are added once they start and then the eight games become a mix of all three.
Of the eight weekly games, one is selected as a tie-breaker game. Each AQB must determine what they think the combined point total will be in that game. If two or more AQBs have the same weekly record, then their place in the standings will be decided by whichever point total was closest to the actual total. As the season goes on the eight games turn into four, then to one culminating with the Super Bowl. Whoever is in first place when it is all said and done will be crowned champion of the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest and will win a championship ball cap!
The action for week four was slightly different. Since the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers game resulted in a tie, we disregarded that game and used the results of the other seven.
RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht is still sitting pretty in first place through week four of the 2018 season. Rodney-Isbrecht is a former two-time champ, she knows what she is doing!
Coming up in second place through week four is Greg Krell from the Watervliet Athletic Boosters. Krell is very close to the front as he is two games out of first place behind RoxAnn.
The one change from week three to week four is third place, and that goes to Rodney Lynch from the Loma Theatre. Lynch and Tim Hildebrand from Hartford Harding’s both came in with 19-12 records, but Lynch owned the tie breaker over Hildebrand.
Chris Leach from West Street Station in Coloma remained in fifth place and coming up in the bottom of the pack is Watervliet Fire Chief Dan Jones.
Here are the games that the TCR AQBs will be picking for week five:
Watervliet vs. Kalamazoo United
Hartford vs. Decatur
Coloma vs. Constantine
Michigan vs. Nebraska
Michigan State vs. Indiana
Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest
Detroit Lions vs. New England
Chicago Bears vs. Arizona
The tie-breaker game for this week is the Lions against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Check back next week to see how our TCR AQB are placing through week five!