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Decatur tops Hartford in game all about defense
Hartford welcomed Decatur to Indian Territory Friday, September 21 in what would prove to be a stalwart effort by both team’s defensive squads.
Both teams were held scoreless for three quarters as they exchanged possessions. Each got close but could not churn up enough yardages to record a touchdown.
Until the fourth quarter, that is.
A Decatur pass launched from quarterback Payton Hoekstra flew 63 yards for the six-point Raider score in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and Decatur downed Hartford 6-0 to give the Indians their first loss on the season.
Hartford quarterback Aaron Sinclair was seven of 11 for 78 yards and one interception.
Moses Beraza picked up 59 yards on 17 carries. Evan Delarosa caught three passes for 28 yards.
Beraza and Evan Parker led Hartford on defense with six tackles apiece.
Hartford, now with a 4-1 record, will celebrate homecoming against White Pigeon at home Friday. Kickoff time is 7:00 p.m.
Coloma’s last ditch effort falls incomplete against undefeated Constantine
QUARTERBACK “SLAM”WICH… Javier Naranjo (left) and James Gideon (right) slam into the Decatur quarterback Friday, as the Indians took on the Raiders. It was a defenders game as Decatur eked out the 6-0 victory and snapped the Indians unbeaten streak. Hartford stands at 4-1 this season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
You have to hand it to Coloma: the Comets did not give up during Friday’s road game against a strong, tough, undefeated Constantine team.
The Comets, who fell to 3-2 following the loss, trailed the entire game but gave an all-out effort in what head coach Joe Stephens called a “wild ESPN classic game.”
Constantine opened the game with three straight TD runs before Coloma quarterback Zach Goodline scampered three yards into the end zone for six points. He followed that with a two-point conversion run to get the Comets on the board 21-8.
Constantine scored one in the second quarter to take a 29-8 lead at the half.
The Cardinals opened the third quarter with another TD run but Coloma responded in kind. Zack Lake picked up a TD after a five yard run. Caleb Ellis scored the two-point conversion, and the Comets trailed 36-16.
Ellis got the call in the fourth quarter as he ran 10 yards to pick up the score. Sincere Taylor notched the two-point conversion run, taking the score to 36-24.
Constantine scored again as they widened their lead to 42-24.
Coloma caught fire as they scored on their next two opportunities. Kenyon Boyd caught a 41-yard pass play from Goodline for six points. Ellis scored on the two-point conversion. The game stood 42-32.
Lake ran three yards for another TD, but the two-point conversion failed. Constantine led 42-38.
In Coloma’s last possession, Coloma recovered an onside kick with under a minute to play. The team worked downfield before Goodline threw “a Hail Mary chance from the 30 and it fell incomplete,” Stephens stated.
Coloma ran 78 total plays and had 469 total yards, well above Constantine’s 50 plays and 274 total yards. Constantine had zero yards in the air.
For Coloma, Goodline was seven of 15 with one touchdown and one interception. Lake was the team’s top rusher with 16 carries for 112 yards and two TDs. Boyd was the top receiver with three catches for 66 yards and one TD.
HEAD GAME… Coloma’s Antonio Gagliardo gets his head into the game last Wednesday against Kalamazoo Christian. Gagliardo is a senior on the squad and one of the team’s captains. Coloma fell 3-1. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Cody Reese led the defensive effort for Coloma with 11 tackles.
Coloma holds a 3-2 record and will face Kalamazoo United this Friday to cap off the Comets’ homecoming festivities. The ball sails into the air at 7:00 p.m.
Panthers drubbed 77-20 by Kalamazoo United
If there was one term that could be used to describe Watervliet, Friday night, it wasn’t “united.” The team suffered its worst loss of the season after being defeated 77-20 by Kalamazoo United on the road.
Watervliet is certainly reeling this season. The Panthers, who previously haven’t lost three regular season games since they went 5-4 in 2010, suffered their third loss of 2018. Additionally, the most points given up by the Panthers since 1950 were 62 points in a 1995 loss to Bangor, until Friday.
Watervliet scored 20 first-quarter points but trailed 56-20 following the first 12 minutes of play.
Panther quarterback Garrett Matthews scored on a rushing touchdown for Watervliet’s first score. The Panthers trailed 7-6 after their two-point conversion attempt failed.
Kalamazoo United picked off a pass and then scored to take the score to 14-6 following a successful PAT.
Kalamazoo then scored on an 11-yard pass, followed that with a PAT, and then intercepted a Panther pass for a pick six. Kalamazoo led 28-6 following a good point after kick.
Another Panther pass was picked off which led to another Kalamazoo score.
It wasn’t pretty, Watervliet fans. Kalamazoo led 35-6 before the Panthers scored on a run. The two-point conversion failed but Watervliet moved to 35-12.
It appeared the tide had turned as Watervliet then hit the field and scored again on a pass play. The two-point conversion throw was successful and Watervliet drew to 35-20.
Watervliet would not score again in the game. Kalamazoo, however, would put up a total of 56 first-quarter points and then added 14 in the third quarter and seven in the fourth to take the 77-20 lead.
The shocking score wasn’t the only drama on the field.
Matthews demonstrated considerable effort in the first quarter. He was hurt but continued to go back into the game to spark the Watervliet offense. He was taken out of the game with an injury and his status is questionable for Friday.
Watervliet head coach Jeremy Andrews had this to say following the game: “The losing is tough. However, before this last Friday we were fighting to the end in our other two losses. We lost both of those games in the last minute, so could realistically be 4-1 or 3-2 right now.
“Overall the team has fought hard. Friday got out of hand when Garrett Matthews was hurt. With him in the game we had three good TD drives, but he only played about a quarter.
“Don Smith,” who served in the quarterback role following Matthews’ departure, “is a very good football player, but that was a tough situation to be thrown into against a very good team.
“I did not envision being 2-3, but I did think 3-2 was realistic at this point. A lot of righting the ship has to do with our mentality. As a whole we have to respond to adversity a little better. A lot of guys did keep fighting; we just need everyone to stay on board.
“As for the football side of things, it appears Smith will start at QB this week. He will get the reps in practice which will help. It’s my job to figure out a way for him to have success. I will do my best to call plays he is comfortable with and put other players in positions where they can help our team the most.”
Watervliet will celebrate homecoming Friday against 4-1 Delton Kellogg. Sport your maroon and white at the 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
Indian Soccer remains undefeated in SW10
Hartford soccer continues to score goals and roll over opponents, as the team improved to 11-1 this season following Thursday’s game against Bangor.
The squad remains undefeated in the SW10 after notching the 4-1 victory over their conference foe.
Joel Soto and Roy Rodriguez doubled their pleasure and scored two goals apiece. Fernando Alvarez tallied two assists, while Herik Garcia had one.
Rudy Martinez was in goal for the Indians and recorded five saves.
Coloma Cross Country sets records at Schoolcraft
The trekkers of Coloma’s cross country teams traveled to the Schoolcraft Invitational Wednesday, September 19 and set quite a few records.
The boys’ squad took second overall with 41 points, trailing meet champion Delton Kellogg by three points.
Adiel Granados set a new season record with his time of 18:38; he finished third overall out of 60 runners.
Coloma freshman Ethan Vandermolen set a new personal record with his fifth-place time of 18:49.
Sophomore Blane Sutherland finished 10th with a time of 19:16.
The Lady Comets tied with the host school for second place with 67 points. Galesburg-Augusta was the champion with 63 points.
Coloma’s first finisher was Emma Vandermolen in third place; she set a new season record with her time of 22:18.
A pair of Comets raced to eighth and ninth place finishes. Ava Genovese crossed the finish line in eighth place with a time of 23:17. Teammate Megan Koenigshof set a new PR and tied Genovese’s time for ninth place.
Panthers on the prowl and Indians on the hunt at Bangor Invitational
Watervliet’s and Hartford’s varsity cross country teams hit the trail Saturday, September 22 in the Bangor Invitational. The Watervliet men’s team finished sixth overall with 132 points, while the Lady Panthers finished 10th with 286 points. The Hartford men finished ninth with 275 points, while the Lady Indians took sixth with 134 points.
WATERVLIET ON TOP… On August 29, the Watervliet varsity boys’ cross country team took first place out of 14 teams at the New Buffalo Invitational. Pictured are the top seven placers for Watervliet and their respective run times (from the left): Kody Edmunds 19:46, Mathew Hanks (standing in for Ezra Troyer 20:23), Austin Roberts 20:43, Kade Van Neil 20:00, Trever Pelton 20:15, Augustus Hinch 19:20, Alex Isbrecht 20:42. (Photo by Robert Pelton)
Ezra Troyer, a sophomore on the Panther squad, set a new personal record with his time of 17:49. He finished ninth overall and was the only Panther to finish in the top 10 out of 71 runners. No Hartford runner finished in the top 10.
Neither Hartford nor Watervliet had a female racer turn in a top 10 time.
Lady Indians drop three against Marcellus
It was Patriot Games week at Hartford. The member school of the Southwest 10 Conference celebrated the week wearing patriot-themed jerseys dedicated to veterans in their community. Unfortunately, the Lady Indians suffered a three-game loss to visiting Marcellus Thursday, September 20.
The Indians lost 25-19, 25-21, 25-13 and dropped to 6-17 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Megan Nelson led Hartford with six kills, and 56 digs. Mikenzie Chambers contributed four kills and two blocks. Jaelyne Galvan added 45 digs, five assists, and two aces.
Sutherland and Vandermolen lead the way for the Comets at Red Bud
Blane Sutherland led the way for the Coloma Comet cross country team Saturday as he finished sixth overall and was the first Comet to cross the finish line. Sutherland turned in a team-best time of 19:14. Ethan Vandermolen took eighth place (19:24), while Jake Ickes finished with a time of 19:37 in 10th place.
The Coloma boys’ team took second place at the Buchanan Invitational held at Red Bud Moto Cross Park. The Comets tallied 45 points. Edwardsburg was crowned champion after they recorded 36 points.
The Comet girls’ team with 75 points, a distant third place from champion Niles’ 26 points.
Emma Vandermolen was the first Lady Comet to finish; she had a time of 23:22 and finished eighth. Vandermolen was the lone Comet to finish in the top 10.
Nelson leads Hartford effort against Mendon
The Hartford varsity volleyball team fought Mendon Tuesday, September 18 but fell 25-16, 25-8, 25-11.
Megan Nelson had four assists, one block, three kills, and one ace.
SLIDE, MIGGY, SLIDE… Miggy Cardosa, a junior on the Hartford Indian varsity soccer squad, slides to kick the ball past his Kalamazoo Christian opponent Thursday. Hartford fell to Kalamazoo 3-1.
Mikenzie Chambers notched one ace, three kills, and one block in the losing effort. Jaelyne Galvan tallied three assists, one block, and one ace.
Comet kickers record loss and tie
The Coloma varsity soccer team hosted Kalamazoo Christian Wednesday, September 19 at McDaniel Field.
The Comets lost 3-1.
The team then traveled to Vicksburg Saturday and, in a team effort, played to a 0-0 tie.
Press Box Player of the Week!
By Jerrod Birmele Mackenzie Brinsfield, a senior at Hartford High School, is the Tri-City Record Press Box Player of the Week. Mackenzie is running cross country this fall for the Indians and has become one of the most dependable, up-near-the-front runners for Coach Doug Paran’s team. At the recent Southwest 10 Jamboree hosted by Bloomingdale, Mackenzie finished in fifth place, and, in the process, ran her season best time of 20:50. Her finish, along with the performance of her teammates, helped the Lady Indians score a second place finish as a team overall.
No changes in AQB leaderboard as players settle in
By Kristy Noack Week 5 of the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback competition is in the books with little change in the standings. The seers of the screen plays all posted even or better records. The TCR AQB competition is held weekly as six local football fans compete against each other to predict the winner of eight high school, college, and professional football games. Following the conclusion of the Super Bowl, one winner is crowned champion and will sport a new TCR AQB ball cap.