10-03-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma Homecoming festivities were dampened, Comets lose on Saturday to Constantine 39-0

Coloma’s Homecoming game against Constantine, with all the planning and preparation, finally was played on Saturday afternoon following an 18-hour rain delay. Some of the pageantry that comes with Homecoming had to be set aside for this year.  Friday the decision to move the game to Saturday was made early in the afternoon when the radar showing the day long rain which included plenty of fireworks was going to continue into the night.  The dance went on as scheduled, and the king and queen were crowned, as the teams had to cool their heels until 1 p.m. Saturday.

READY TO RUN… Coloma Comet #33 David Caulton takes the handoff from QB Michael Case as James Clay provides the blocking during Coloma’s homecoming game Saturday against Constantine. Saturday proved to be a much nicer day weather wise, but Coloma lost the game 39-0. (TCR photo by Dave Vollrath)

The game with two teams seemingly going in opposite directions, the Falcons at 3-1 and the Comets at 1-3, got underway under cloudy skies, and Constantine wasted little time in showing their strength against Coloma. The Falcons scored two first quarter touchdowns, although they were unsuccessful on both 2-point conversions. They led 12-0 after the first quarter.  The game was played very close to the vest by both offenses. There were only two passes thrown by Constantine to five for the Comets, and both relying on their ground attacks.

The Comets once again were outmanned up front as their d-line and o-line both struggled with their counterparts.  The Falcons went up by a score of 32-0 by halftime, and the only mystery left was when they would go up enough to start a running clock.

Constantine finished with a final score victory of 39-0, and totally dominated all the stats.  Coloma finished their second week in a row on the wrong side of a lopsided score book.  Constantine rushed for 377 yards to Coloma’s 64, and had 18 first downs to just five for the Comets.

To add to the Comet misery, their quarterback, junior Drew Goodline came out from the locker room after halftime with his arm on ice and in a sling, and their offense just couldn’t get untracked.  David Caulton the Comet fullback had a few big first down runs and finished with 39 yards on ten carries, while Kenyon Boyd added 28 yards on five carries. Boyd also caught the only Comet completion of the game for seven yards.

Despite the lopsided losses in consecutive weeks at home, Coach Joe Stephens is optimistic that his team will continue to work hard and strive to turn things around with four games left in the season.

Young Comet Cross Country teams continue to impress

The Coloma Cross Country boys and girls continue to stay busy running around southwest Michigan.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25 they ran in the SAC’s second jamboree of the season at Galesburg-Augusta.  The Comet boys ran well once again and finished in fourth place out of 11 conference teams.  Sophomore Jake Ickes finished in 17th place overall leading his team mates, in a time of 18:42.28.  Junior Blane Sutherland was 19th finishing in 18:52.18. Sophomore Caeleb Ishmael was next in 24th overall, crossing the line in 19:14.82.  Sophomore Ethan Vandermolen was the fourth Comet in at 19:37.58, in 31st overall.

The girls also ran well and finished in 4th place out of nine teams, led by junior Abby Vandermolen who came in at 22:23.78 in 12th place overall.  Sophomore Ava Genovese was 20th in a time of 23:03.35, followed closely by Emma Vandermolen in 21st at 23:08.90.  Sophomore Chloe Williams finished in a time of 23:31.59 which brought her 27th place.

The Comets then traveled to Lake Michigan College on Saturday the 28th for the Berrien County meet and faced some of the toughest competition they have run up against this year.  Berrien Springs boys, the class of the county, placed seven runners in the top 25 as they blew away the competition.  Coloma finished