Coloma’s varsity football squad certainly had a lot of things going for it Friday against a 2-1 Constantine team. Coloma scored 35 points against the Falcons, the most Constantine has allowed this season. But, Constantine put up big numbers itself, including the one that means the most. The team defeated Coloma 68-35. The score, however, does not necessarily tell the tale of the game. It was a lot closer than it appeared. The first quarter was all Constantine as the Falcons put 14 points on the board on two rushing plays. Constantine took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter and scored early on a 47-yard run. Coloma responded with their first score of the game. Quarterback Zach Goodline launched a pass that was caught by Caleb McDaniel. The 43-yard pass play was good for a TD and put the Comets on the board. Derek Plitt followed by sailing a kick through the uprights, and Coloma trailed 20-7. For most of the remaining game, it was score, be scored on. Constantine responded with their own TD and extra point kick to widen their lead 27-7. Coloma fought back with Robbie Schroeder catching a Goodline pass for a touchdown. Plitt sent another kick through the uprights. Constantine led 27-14 as the Comets drew to within striking distance. The Falcons answered with another TD and extra point. Their lead seesawed back to 34-14 to finish out the first half. In the third quarter, Coloma started off the scoring by another Goodline bullet delivered to Zack Lake. The 61-yard pass play resulted in a touchdown and Plitt’s kick made it 34-21 in favor of Constantine. The Falcons would go on to score three more times in the third quarter. As time on the clock expired, Constantine held a 54-21 lead. But, the Comets were not done. They opened the fourth quarter with Goodline ducking into the end zone for a quick six. Plitt’s kick gave the Comets one more point and they trailed 54-28. Constantine scored again in the fourth quarter, putting another seven points on the board. Goodline made it two in a row as he scored from one yard out. Adding Plitt’s successful kick to the mix, Coloma stood at 35 points compared to Constantine’s 61. The Falcons closed out the game with another TD and seven points slapped on the board. Final: Constantine 68, Coloma 35. Goodline had a heck of a game. He completed four of six passes attempted for 183 yards. He threw for three TDs and ran for two, picking up 68 yards on the ground along the way on 19 carries. Goodline sent each one of his completed passes to a different target. Lake’s one reception gave the Comets 61 yards and a touchdown. Schroeder picked up 45 yards and one touchdown. McDaniel caught one pass for 43 yards and one TD. Calvin Starnes also snagged a pass for 34 yards. Constantine did not gain one single yard in the air all night. Coloma rushed for 224 yards total. That was spread among five players. McDaniel had 13 carries for 82 yards. Lake picked up 41 yards on 16 carries. Wilkens rushed for 19 yards on two carries. Derek Plitt had one carry, good for 14 yards. Coloma head coach Joe Stephens was pleased with his team’s effort on offense. “Our offensive line, led by Matt Davis and Rickie McClain, kept us in good situations all night. Constantine loaded the line of scrimmage because of our run game, but sophomore quarterback Zach Goodline made them pause with some big passes. “He really rose to the occasion against what will likely be the most aggressive defense we will play. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more. He completed passes of over 30 yards to four different receivers, and in the option game he got the ball to five different ball carriers that each had gains of 13 or more. It was Zach’s first really big night as an option quarterback.” Coloma’s defense needs to take notice. They allowed Constantine to rack up 511 yards on the ground including 10 scoring drives. Stephens said, “We defended poorly, but we answered back many times to keep the game tight through the third quarter. We allowed over 200 rushing yards and six touchdowns to their fullback on what we knew was going to be their number one play. Our physical effort is good, but in order to turn the corner and win some meaningful games, we are going to have to play a lot smarter in the coming weeks.” Defensively, Zane Lute led the Comets with six tackles. Bryce Peters had four tackles and two assists. Jamane Smith Jr. contributed three tackles and three assists. Christian Hudson and Trysten Skaggs added three tackles and one assist each. Wilkins offered up two tackles and three assists. Sergio Hernandez had two tackles and one assist. Calvin Hutchinson tallied one tackle and two assists, as Schroeder got in on one tackle and four assists. Coloma ran 59 total plays compared to Constantine’s 47 and had 17 first downs. The Comets fumbled twice during the contest and were hit for four penalties. Coloma continues on the road for a second consecutive week. This time they take on a 2-2 Delton Kellogg squad. Coloma currently holds a 0-4 record overall.
MEET IN THE MIDDLE… Watervliet’s Kara Liles and Hartford’s Amber Martin meet in the middle during a recent varsity volleyball match. Wa-tervliet topped Hartford in three games 25-16, 25-17, and 26-24. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Watervliet whips Kalamazoo United 34-19; now 3-1
Watervliet notched their second consecutive victory on Friday after they topped Kalamazoo United 34-19. With the win, the Panthers improved to 3-1 this season and share the lead with Constantine in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Lakeshore Division standings. Kalamazoo drew first blood, scoring a touchdown in their opening drive of the game. Their point after try was good, and they led 7-0 in short order. Watervliet, however