COLOMA WINS A THRILLER 36-34… Coloma Comet Jacobie Bonds looks for a crack he can burst through, as teammate Kevin Hearn looks to add blocking support. Bonds rushed six times for 31 yards to help Coloma defeat the Panthers of Delton Kellogg 36-34, on Friday Sept. 18. It was the season opener for both teams on Delton Kellogg’s newly dedicated athletic stadium. (TCR photo by Dave Vollrath)
Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele
Hartford football begins 2020 season with 41-14 loss at Cassopolis
Last Friday night, Sept. 18, the Hartford Indian football team kicked off their 2020 season by traveling to Cassopolis to take on the Rangers. The Indians come into this season with plenty of optimism despite an eventful offseason that peaked with the hiring of a new coach and a low point when the season was moved to spring, then back to fall. The team has the potential to do good things this year, but everything has to fall in place just right.
Cassopolis came into the game having taken 14-of-18 games in the series with Hartford since 1950, and winning all three meetings as conference members by a combined score of 152-0. Hartford did manage to score some points in this contest; however, they fell to the Rangers in a 41-14 defeat that was much closer than the final score would indicate.
The Indians were doomed by five turnovers in the game, including two pick-six by the Rangers that put the game out of reach in the late part of the first half. But, give Hartford some credit; they battled the entire game and actually managed to win the scoreboard battle in the second half. Be patient, Indian fans; this group really is working hard.
In terms of the box score the host Rangers took a 7-0 lead after the first quarter of play, before opening the lead up to 35-6 at the half thanks to a 28-point second quarter scoring blitz. Cassopolis added to their lead in the third quarter building the Indian deficit to 41-6 with their lone points of the second half, before the Indians on a running clock scored the final points of the game in the fourth quarter. But it was much too late to make any sort of dent in the final result.
Hartford managed two scoring plays in the game, one coming through the air and one coming on the ground. The first touchdown of the season for the Indians was scored with just 38 seconds left in the first half, when Donovan Sikes hit Dylan Voss for a 13-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion attempt failed on that scoring drive. The second, and final, touchdown of the game was scored with 2:25 left in the game on a 24-yard run by Aaron Sinclair. The Indians went for the two-point conversion attempt once again, and was successful on a pass from Sikes to Oscar Trevino.
The Indians managed 180 yards of total offense. Of that total, 101 yards were rushing and 79 yards were passing. Leading the rushing attack for Hartford was Aaron Sinclair who carried the ball nine times for 82 yards and a touchdown, while Donovan Sikes rushed for 13 yards on four carries. Sikes was 8-of-16 passing for 79 yards and a touchdown, but also threw three interceptions. Leading the receiving core was Dylan Voss who caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown, while Sinclair caught two passes for 24 yards.
On defense, the Indians were led by Oscar Trevino who was the only player in double-digits in tackles with 11. Tanner Kinchen added nine tackles, while Alex Cook pitched in eight tackles. Hartford recovered three fumbles in the game, with Trevino, Kinchen and Owen Pitcher picking up one each.
Hartford is currently 0-1 on the season, and has the same record in Southwest 10 Conference action. The Indians will hit the road for the second straight time this Friday, Sept. 25, as they travel to Mendon to take on a Hornets team that is 1-0 on the season after a 26-24 win over White Pigeon last week.
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