09-29-2016 Tri-City Area Sports

RAMIREZ’S RUN… Randy Ramirez chugs up the field with ball in hand during Hartford’s game against Bangor on Friday. Ramirez would go on to score a touchdown in the game and the Indians would win their first game of the season 28-18. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

RAMIREZ’S RUN… Randy Ramirez chugs up the field with ball in hand during Hartford’s game against Bangor on Friday. Ramirez would go on to score a touchdown in the game and the Indians would win their first game of the season 28-18. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

The tide certainly turned Friday for the Hartford Indians varsity football team. The squad had suffered four straight losses prior to welcoming Bangor to town.   Bangor, also winless on the season, was searching for their first victory. It was a do-or-die game for both teams.  Bangor landed the first score of the evening in the first quarter. They continued to hold a 6-0 lead until 7:40 in the second quarter after Hartford’s Randy Ramirez had a nice spin move off a Bangor defender to cross the goal line.  Hartford converted a two-point throw to take the lead 8-6. That lead would stand throughout the rest of the first half.  Hartford did have an opportunity to score after stripping the ball from Bangor and recovering. Unfortunately, the Indians turned the ball over on downs.  Hartford then had opportunity number two to score after recovering a Bangor fumble but was unable to get any appreciable yardage and again failed to convert on fourth down.  Give some credit to the Hartford defense. They had a nice stand against Bangor in the trailing moments of the second quarter.   After getting the ball back, Hartford’s Evan Parker had a pass picked off with seven seconds on the clock. Bangor took a knee to end the first half.  Hartford then made the game a nail biter. The team was held scoreless in the third quarter and waited until three minutes remained in the fourth before making their stand.   “Scoring 20 points in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter to come from 10 points behind shows how our players will fight to the end,” commented Hartford head coach Ben Kain.  Hartford won their homecoming game 28-18, notching their first win of the season. The team improves to 1-4.  The Indians combined for 174 rushing yards and 124 passing yards. Robert Ledesma rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries. Garrod Johnson carried the ball five times for 33 yards.  Berto Ibarra averaged 5.6 yards per carry and had one touchdown.  Garrod Johnson threw for two touchdowns, one each to Ramirez and Mo Beraza.  Defensively, Kain was singing the praises of Bob Johnson. “Johnson had a big game on defense and did a great job blocking up front from his center position against a guy more than 100 pounds bigger than him.” Johnson was credited with 12 tackles.  Ibarra had seven tackles, one sack, a fumble recovery, and one interception. Parker contributed seven tackles.  “The offensive and defensive lines are the heroes for us because they controlled the line of scrimmage all night,” Kain commented.  Hartford faces a 2-3 Galesburg-Augusta squad on Friday.  G-A has lost three consecutive games. With one win under their belts, Hartford could use that momentum to tack on another “W” in the scorebook.

Watervliet Football wins third in a row

 Watervliet’s varsity football team continued their winning ways Friday after downing Fennville 50-12 on the road.  Watervliet opened the scoring with two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Panthers added 30 points in the second quarter, including Bryant Kieft’s 62 yard fumble recovery and return, to take a 44-0 lead at the half.  With the clock continuously running in the second half, Watervliet added another six points to the board.   Fennville got their first score of the evening – a touchdown – in the third quarter. Watervliet maintained a 50-6 lead at the end of three.  Fennville added another six points in the fourth quarter while holding Watervliet scoreless. But, the game was in the books long before the clock stopped. Watervliet earned their fourth victory of the season, 50-12.  Watervliet quarterback Cam Rendo was 14 of 16 under center. He threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns.  Rendo also rushed for 64 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns.  Zack Pickens also got in the game as QB. He was one for two for four yards. Pickens had 12 carries for 68 yards including one TD.  Kieft carried the ball five times for 58 yards.  Trent Boone was the most popular receiver Friday night. He picked up 61 yards and one touchdown on six receptions. Tyler Brant caught four passes for 28 yards and one touchdown.  LA Smith hauled in two passes for 28 yards.  Devon Flowers grabbed one pass for 31 yards. Carlos Hernandez’s one catch was good for nine yards.  Tate Halamka had four yards on one catch.  Defensively, Pickens was credited with 17 tackles, one sack, and one interception. Ryan Chisek had 14 tackles.  Kieft accounted for four tackles.  Quinton Childs added four tackles to the team effort.  Blake Kinzler, James Bell, Matt Melcher, Flowers, and Eric Kehrer had three tackles apiece.  Sheldon Tobar got in on the action with one tackle, one sack, and one fumble recovery.  Four players converted two point plays successfully for Watervliet: Pickens, Hernandez, Brant, and Kieft.  Watervliet will return to Panther Stadium Friday for a three-game home stand. They will face a 3-2 Constantine squad who was bested by Kalamazoo Hackett 62-57 last week.  Game time is 7:00 p.m., be sure to get your spot early.

Coloma Football now 0-5