10-04-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

ALL HAIL THE INDIANS… The Hartford varsity soccer squad captured the Southwest 10 conference championship last week. The team, under the leadership of head coach Nick Blackmer, posted a 12-2 record and remained undefeated at 7-0 in the Southwest 10 conference.

By Kristy Noack

The Tri-City Record would like to welcome back veteran Press Box reporter Kristy Noack. Kristy will be filling in as sports reporter for Coloma and Watervliet sports for one more week. The Tri-City Record is excited to welcome Jerrod Birmele to HHS Press Box.

Comet quick start foiled by Kalamazoo United

The Comets of Coloma welcomed Kalamazoo United to town Friday night for a Southwest Athletic Conference matchup that also happened to be homecoming. Although the game started on a high note, the optimism faded fast for both Coloma players and fans.

Kalamazoo opened the game with a fumble which was jumped on by Coloma’s Trent Brown. With the ball in hand, Comet quarterback Zach Goodline had a fast break for the end zone that resulted in a quick six points for Coloma. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Coloma led 6-0.

However, a football game isn’t decided in the first three minutes of play, and things went downhill for the Comets quickly after that.

Kalamazoo scored 21 first-quarter points to lead 21-6 at the close of 12 minutes. The squad then tacked on another 29 points in the second quarter to lead 50-6 at the half.

With the clock running in the second half, Kalamazoo’s second string got in on the action and scored seven points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth to win the 70-6.

Coloma was unable to do much on offense or defense. The entire team struggled and – near the end of the second quarter – took to bickering at each other. The players’ frustrations were evident.

Kalamazoo United came into the contest undefeated at 5-0 having picked off Watervliet the week prior 77-20. So, the Comets knew Friday was going to be an exceptional test.

With the loss, Coloma drops to 3-3 on the season. The Comets have lost two straight games.

On Friday, Coloma will take on Schoolcraft on the road.  The Eagles hold a 5-1 record and are on a three-game win streak.

It’s going to be another tough game for Coloma. To ensure a guaranteed playoff spot, the Comets will need to win out the last three contests of the season. They may be able to squeak in with only five wins but, in that scenario, it will come down to playoff points. Can Coloma piece together accurate throwing combined with speedy receiving and strong defense? They’ll need to if they have any hope of taking Schoolcraft to task.

Panthers struggle in 63-22 loss to Delton Kellogg

The Panther football team is reeling. The squad is 2-4 and has not won a game since September 7. Additionally, Watervliet is on the cusp of not making the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

It’s a tough position for head coach Jeremy Andrews to face. His squad has been hit hard with injuries this season, including one that has ended starting quarterback Garrett Matthews’ season prematurely.

Matthews was out Friday as the Panthers played their 2018 Homecoming game against Delton Kellogg. In at quarterback was Don Smith III, who, according to Andrews, had taken snaps all week in case the news on Matthews was not good.