10-1-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Comets drop home opener 36-20, United’s pressure too much for Coloma

The Coloma Comet football team came out ready to play Friday night, Sept. 25, their first home game of the 2020 season. After Comet Cody Palgen brought the opening kickoff back to the Coloma 46-yard line, Drew Goodline, the Comet quarterback, brought the home crowd to their feet. He took the first snap and ran through the middle of Kalamazoo United defense and took the ball untouched all the way into the Titan end zone to open up a 6-0 lead. United answered right back with a touchdown of their own to tie the game at 6 on their first possession.

Still in the first quarter the Comets were called for a safety. Goodline was flagged for intentionally grounding the ball from his own end zone resulting in two points for the visitors and a free kick by the Comets who now trailed 8-6.

The Comets scored the first two touchdowns of the second quarter. Goodline first hooked up on a 21-yard touchdown toss to Cody Palgen, who caught the ball off the helmet and shoulder pad of the United defender. With both players appearing to have possession of the pigskin in the back of the Titan end zone, Palgen was able to wrestle it away for the Comet touchdown. The Comets then scored later in the quarter on a one-yard plunge by Coloma fullback James Mathis. Coloma’s successful 2-point conversion following the Palgen touchdown pass was the first such success for the team this season. At this point Coloma led 20-8 in the game, before United added a short touchdown run late in the half to send the teams to the locker rooms with Coloma leading by a 20-15 score.

The second half was all United as the Titans, who came into the game with a 1-0 record, put a great deal of pressure on the Comets offense and held them scoreless for the final two frames. United scored three touchdowns in the half and were able to effectively move the ball on the ground with short passes to keep the chains moving. They slowly wore down the Comet defense.

The Comets for the second week in a row were a little smaller than their opponent. They could not offset that size disadvantage with their speed, mostly because of the pressure United was able to put on Goodline who didn’t have time to find his receivers. Penalties also played a big part in the game and there was no shortage of hankies flying around the stadium. Coloma was whistled 10 times for 85 yards in penalties. United also got their fair share of hand slapping, as they were penalized seven times for 68 yards.

Goodline finished the game with seven completions in 17 passing attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown while rushing six times for 60 yards and one touchdown. United’s defense also held the Comet ground game in check, after that opening 54-yard Goodline scamper to pay dirt. Coloma was only able to rush for 61 additional yards for the game, as James Mathis had 60 yards in 20 attempts. Noah Schwanke led the Comets with 34 yards receiving with three catches, while Palgen had four catches for 26 yards and that highlight touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball the Comets were able to come up with a pair of fumble recoveries, with one each for James Mathis and Tim Schroeder. Dylan Nelson led Coloma with nine tackles and four assists, with one tackle for a loss. Jamie Rocha added five tackles and two assists, while Noah Mort also had one tackle for a Titan loss.

Coloma now moves to 1-1 on the young season, and plays this Friday, Oct. 2 at home against the Fennville Blackhawks.

Comets soccer takes heartbreaking 1-0 loss at home

The Comets boys soccer team took on the Delton Kellogg Panthers at McDaniels field on Monday Sept. 21, and came away with a gut wrenching 1-0 loss. Coloma seemed to put a great deal of pressure on the visitors throughout the game, and had several great scoring opportunities that just didn’t end up with the ball in the net. The Panthers were able to capitalize on a Comet defensive miscue in the 24th minute to put the only score on the board, and were able to keep the Comets off the board, in coming away with a 1-0 shutout. Coloma with the loss moved to 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in the SAC.

Coloma 2, Bridgman 1

On Thursday, Sept. 24 the Comets again played at home and this time came away with a better taste in their mouth.

Coloma boys soccer took the sting out of the Bridgman Bees and won by a score of 2-1. The Comets came out aggressively and set an early tone for the game when Brodie McQuillan scored the opening goal off a goal keeper deflection, putting the Comets up 1-0 in the early minutes. Coloma’s pressure continued in the half and resulted in another goal in the 22nd minute when Fletcher Todd knocked in a shot off a rebound giving the Comets a 2-0 lead. Coloma was able to hold onto that lead until the half.

The Bees came out putting pressure on the Comets in the second half and scored just a couple of minutes in, cutting the lead in half 2-1. The second half pressure continued for Bridgman but the Comets defense never broke and Wes Seabury stayed strong in goal to keep the Bees from scoring again, giving the Comets the satisfying 2-1 win.

Coloma wins at Constantine, 3-1

Coloma boys soccer traveled to Constantine and came away with a 3-1 come from behind victory. Constantine applied the early pressure as the Comets kept them off the scoreboard until the 29th minute when the Falcons converted a double deflection into a goal and the 1-0 lead. Coloma came back seven minutes later with a Luke Phillips goal, his first of the season to tie the score at 1-1 going to halftime. Cannon Hodges scored a pair of goals in the second half for the Comets, with one being a penalty kick following a Constantine penalty inside the 18-yard line. The Comets are now even on the season with a 3-3 record, and 2-2 in the SAC.

Coloma Volleyball wins against Gobles

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Coloma Comets beat Gobles in straight sets, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-21.

For the Comets Maddie McQuillan had five kills, 15 assists, five aces, and seven digs. Maurissa LaGrow had seven digs, Adian Allmon had two kills, five aces and five digs and Gracie Whitaker had 10 kills and two dig., Addy Kimmerly had three digs, Taryn Blazier had five kills, one ace, three digs and one block and Chloe Mathis had three aces and three digs. Mia Cole had two aces and 16 digs. Kiely Moore had one kill and one dig and Clara Kimmerly had one kill.

Coloma cross-country boys and girls get firsts at Watervliet meet

The Coloma boys and girls both came home with team first place from the Watervliet quad meet, held Tuesday, Sept. 22 on the Watervliet course. The Comets’ brother and sister act of Ava and Boden Genovese finished their races on top. The competing teams were Watervliet, New Buffalo and Niles Brandywine.

HARD RUNNING FRESHMAN… Boden Genovese, a Coloma Comet freshman, is nipping at the heels of Bridgman senior Luke Blesy as they near the finish line Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Coloma Quad cross-country meet. The young Comet standout finished in 3rd place overall, just half a second behind 2nd place Blesy. (TCR photo by Dave Vollrath)

Results for the Comet girls: 1st overall Ava Genovese 20:50.54, 2nd Camryn Brown, 22:32.76, 3rd Chloe Williams, 22:35.15, 6th Abby Vandermolen, 23:03.16, and 10th McKinleigh Kraemer, 25:43.25. For the boys: 1st Boden Genovese, 17:40.09, 3rd Jake Ickes, 18:23.26, 5th Blane Sutherland, 18:57.47, 6th Ethan Vandermolen, 19:41.97, and 9th Andy Granados 20:22.41.

Comet cross-country boys and girls finish second at home quad

The Coloma Comet cross-country teams both finished second in their home quad meet on Saturday, Sept. 26. The girls finished 2nd to a very solid Bridgman team, while the boys finished 2nd to Lakeshore.

Tops runners for the boys are Comet freshman Boden Genovese who finished 3rd overall in a time of 17:30.90, Jake Ickes, 7th place in 18:29.07, and Ethan Vandermolen 9th place in a time of 19:02.78. On the girls side, Ava Genovese came in 4th overall in 21:53.49, Camryn Brown 5th place in 22:31.32, and Chloe Williams 7th in 22:45.22.

Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele

Hartford football falls to 0-2 with 40-7 loss at Mendon

Last Friday night, Sept. 25, the Hartford Indian football team continued their COVID-19 shortened season by traveling to Mendon to take on the Hornets in their second straight road contest. In their first game of the season, the Indians looked quite rattled, turning the ball over five times and suffering a 41-14 defeat at the hands of Cassopolis. The main question Hartford fans had coming in to this contest was could the team find substantial improvement in week two.

Mendon came into the game off of a thrilling 26-24 win over White Pigeon in their first game. In their first three meetings against Hartford, Mendon had won two of those matchups including a 35-14 victory at Indian Stadium a year ago. The night turned out to be a difficult one for the players and coaches, as the host Hornets rattled off the first 40 points of the game to take a 40-7 victory over the Indians. This year’s Hartford team continues to battle woes on both sides of the ball. But the biggest thing with a young team in their first year under a new coach is to remain patient, because despite the results they continue to work hard.

In terms of the box score, the host Hornets took a 7-0 lead after the first quarter of play before outscoring Hartford 27-0 in the second quarter to take a commanding 34-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. Both teams managed to score in the third quarter, with Hartford outscoring Mendon 7-6 in the frame to make it a 40-7 game heading into the fourth quarter. And that would end up being the final margin of victory after both teams failed to score in the final quarter of play.

Hartford had just one scoring play in the game, and it came on the ground. With 7:45 remaining in the third quarter Aaron Sinclair ran around the left side, going nine yards for the touchdown. Kicker Bryan Torres converted on the extra-point attempt to complete the scoring.

On offense, the Indians managed just 109 yards of total offense. Of that total, 63 yards were rushing and 46 yards were passing. Leading the rushing attack for Hartford was Aaron Sinclair, who carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards and a touchdown. Jonah Henslee rushed for 27 yards on just six carries. Donovan Sikes was 5-of-9 passing for 46 yards and an interception. Leading the receiving core was Dylan Voss, who caught two passes for 34 yards. Henslee, Kaden Johnson and Sinclair each caught a pass.

On defense, the Indians were led by Sinclair who was the only player in double-digits in tackles with 10 including six solo stops and a tackle-for-a-loss. Tye Phillips added nine tackles while Henslee and Oscar Trevino each picked up seven tackles.

Hartford is currently 0-2 on the season, and has the same record in Southwest 10 Conference action. The Indians will finally get to play in the friendly confines of Indian Stadium this week, as they take on White Pigeon this Friday, Oct. 2, in the first of three straight home games for the green and white. The Chiefs will come into the game at 0-2 on the season.

Hartford soccer wins two, loses one during busy week

Last week the Hartford Indian soccer team continued their shortened season with a trifecta of matches, two of which were against conference opponents. It has been a strong start to the season for the team, as they had come in winning four of their first five matches and losing the other in penalty kicks. As young as the team is, I think it is even surprising the coaching staff that they have been as successful as they have to start the year.

On Monday, Sept. 21, the team traveled to Bangor to take on the Vikings in a Southwest 10 Conference match. The Indians and the Vikings have had many tough battles over the years, but last season Hartford outscored Bangor 13-3 in the two meetings winning 8-nil and 5-3 in those matches. But the first meeting between the two teams in 2020 was tight throughout, with both teams giving little ground and grinding-it-out over 80 tough minutes. In the end, the Indians ended up with the one-goal victory, 2-1, taking home a key early conference win.

The Indians got their two goals courtesy of two different players: Alan Gonzalez and Caiden Smith. An assist was credited to Sebastian Gonzalez. Goalkeeper Kaden Johnson recorded six saves in net to earn the victory.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the team traveled to Bloomingdale to take on the Cardinals in their second Southwest 10 Conference match of the week. During the Indians run to the conference title a year ago, they finished with a record of 9-1 in league play and it was Bloomingdale that handed them their lone league loss, 1-nil, back on Sept. 4, 2019. Because of that result, it could have been implied that this would be a tough match for the men wearing green and white. During the opening 40 minutes, it was tight. The Indians led 2-1 at the half, and extended their lead with a pair of second half goals to take the victory, 4-1, winning their sixth match in seven contests.

The Indians got their four goals courtesy of two different players: Aaron Lopez-Robles (2) and Caiden Smith (2). Assists were credited to Danny Gutierrez and Kevin Parra. Goalkeeper Kaden Johnson recorded seven saves in net to earn the victory.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, the team concluded their week with a home non-conference match against Kalamazoo Christian. This would be the toughest test for the Indians so far this season, with the Comets coming into the match at 5-1 on the year. The tension during the match could be cut with a knife, as both teams had to be at their best and they certainly were. Kalamazoo Christian played a majority of the first half in the offense zone, and scored a goal on a corner kick in the 16th minute to take a 1-nil lead at the half. And despite their best attempt, including numerous shots in the second half, the Indians could not manage to get on the board and fell in this match 1-nil.

Hartford is currently 6-2 on the season, and possesses a 3-0 record in Southwest 10 Conference action. The Indians will keep the busy schedule going, playing in three matches for the second straight week. They began the week by traveling to Cassopolis on Monday, Sept. 28 for a conference match against the Rangers before hosting Bangor on Thursday, Oct. 1 for their second conference match of the week against the Vikings. They will finish the week on Saturday, Oct. 3, by traveling to Paw Paw to take on the Red Wolves in a non-conference match.

Hartford volleyball splits weekly pair, wins first conference match

Last week, the Hartford Lady Indian volleyball team played one conference match and one non-conference match during a relatively busy week. Despite starting the year with a 1-8 mark, the team has been constantly showing signs of improvement. The competition they are playing is extremely tough to start the year. The team could easily give in, but that is certainly not the style for this group of hard-working ladies.

On Monday, Sept. 21, the team traveled to New Buffalo to take on the Lady Bison in their lone non-conference match of the week. Despite playing hard and working together as a team, the Lady Indians had a rough night falling in this match in straight sets: 25-7, 25-9 and 25-6. The results are certainly looking like the team is being dominated, but this is just the next example of the extremely tough competition the team is playing right now.

In terms of statistics, Hartford was led in aces by Mary Pultz with one. Karly Manning, Khashya McCoy and Alexis Snodgrass led the team in kills with one each. Snodgrass and Ariah Jordan led the team in digs with five, while Paris Rondo posted three digs. Other statistical leaders included Manning with two assists and Kenzie Burfield and Mercedes Requenes with one block each.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the team traveled to Bloomingdale to take on the Lady Cardinals in their third conference match of the season. These two teams played a great semifinal match during district play last season, with Hartford coming out on top in four tight sets. This match would be no different, and the result remained the same as the Lady Indians won their second match of the year in four close sets: 25-23, 17-25, 25-18 and 25-21.

In terms of statistics, Hartford was led in aces by Mary Pultz with six, while Karly Manning posted five aces and Ariah Jordan and Alexis Snodgrass posted four aces each. Snodgrass led the team in kills with nine, while Alyssa Birmele, Khashya McCoy and Pultz posted two kills each. Vanessa Delarosa led the team in digs with 16, while Mercedes Requenes posted 13 digs and Snodgrass posted nine digs. Other statistical leaders included Karly Manning with eight assists and Snodgrass with four blocks.

Hartford is currently 2-9 on the season, and possesses a 1-2 record in Southwest 10 Conference action. The ladies will play two conference matches this week, with both occurring in the friendly confines of the Indian Gymnasium. They will have taken on the Lady Vikings of Bangor on Tuesday, Sept. 29, before hosting the two-time defending Division 4 state champion Lady Hornets of Mendon on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Hartford cross-country teams place first in Southwest 10 tri-meet

The Hartford Indian cross-country teams continued their COVID-19 shortened season with a Southwest 10 Conference triangular meet at Centreville. In a typical year, this would be a jamboree in which all the teams would be competing at one site with a conference champion being determined by the teams’ finishing positions. In this unique year, that still is the case but the jamborees are being broken into triangular meets due to runner participation limits.

At the Southwest 10 triangular meet held on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Centreville, both teams scored first place finishes by defeating both the host team and White Pigeon. The Indian men won their meet by 19 points over Centreville, while the Indian women held off Centreville by a single point. White Pigeon did not field enough runners for a team score on either side.

On the men’s side the team was led by Jacob Morales who won the meet overall with a time of 19:53 while Jairo Lopez came in four seconds later at 19:57, good enough for a 2nd place finish. The top five runners also included Bo Janicki in 4th place (21:10), Arulio Delgado in 5th place (21:13) and Hunter Bloom in 7th place (21:39).

On the ladies side the team was led by Gillian Kuehnle who placed 3rd overall with a time of 23:32 while Jasmin Janicki clocked in with a time of 24:13, good enough for 4th place. The top five runners also included Mikaela Cowgill in 5th place (24:58), Jamie Smith in 7th place (25:41) and Descenya Rodarte in 8th place (26:20).

The Hartford cross-country teams return to action this week for their second Southwest 10 Conference triangular meet, as they travel to Mendon on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to take on the host Hornets and Cassopolis.

As always, GO INDIANS!

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Panther Football lights up scoreboard with 64-26 win

Coughing up the ball on the first play from scrimmage is a sure sign your night isn’t going to end well. That proved all too true for the Fennville Blackhawks last Friday, Sept. 25. Fennville’s Drew Reist had barely handed the ball to his running back when Panther middle linebacker Isaiah Yazel pounced on him, knocking the ball loose allowing lineman Parker Lanning to fall on it at the Fennville 32. That action lead to a Panther score a few moments later.

QUARTERBACK #15… Tyson Williams of the Watervliet varsity football team completes a pass to senior RB Don Smith #12. Williams had a pair of nice runs and 250 passing yards to end the night on Sept. 25, 2020 in a game against the Fennville Blackhawks. Smith had 21 carries, including four touchdowns, totaling 169 yards in the Panther victory with a final score of 64-26. (TCR photo by Amy Loshbough)

The Panthers dominated the Blackhawks most of the night, eventually winning 64-26. Fennville showed some early life, scoring on a long pass on their second possession and then on a kickoff return and later on a long run to make the score 44-19 at the half. Other than the big plays, the Panther defense was solid against the young Fennville team.

The Panthers piled up 568 yards of total offense, with 250 on the ground and 318 rushing. The Blackhawks managed 272 yards total, with most of their 71 yards rushing coming on two plays; plus two turnovers with both resulting in Panther scores.

Don Smith led the rushing attack for the maroon and white with 169 yards on 21 carries and four touchdowns. Brendon Petty carried seven times for 108 yards, and a brilliant 15.8 yards per carry with two touchdowns. Austin Wilmoth ran well all night and scored a rushing touchdown.

Tyson Williams was solid at quarterback with a pair of nice runs and 250 passing yards. Highlights were a long 40-yard TD pass to Evan Hutchins and a 27-yard TD pass to a wide open Logan Duscha. Jordan Abney also caught several passes, the best of which was a 37-yard reception at full speed heading to the sideline, where he just got one foot inbounds after making the catch at the Fennville 5-yard line.

Everybody got involved in the defensive effort, but Yazel led the way with five tackles including one sack and the forced fumble. Dominick Klein and Hutchins had several tackles. Aaron Nave was everywhere, chipping in on the running attack and collecting an interception.

This Friday, Oct. 2, the Panthers host 1-1 Constantine who is coming off a 28-21 win against Parchment. Watervliet, now 2-0, will face their toughest matchup of the season against the Falcon’s wing-t offense.

Soccer takes 3 in a row

The Panther boys soccer team improved to 5-1 with a 3-1 victory at Delton Kellogg on Sept. 23. Brennan Bornas scored first at 10 minutes, and then Erick Perez Cruz connected to make it 2-0. Brennan headed a ball in to make it 3-0 at the half. The Panthers played keep away in the second half as Delton stayed in a strong defensive formation and eventually avoided the shutout.

Next was a 4-1 victory in Galesburg against the Kalamazoo Cougars. With Andrew Chisek anchoring the defense along with Ryan Knapp and Drew Van Lente, the offense was free to make things happen. In the 7th minute, Nathan Isbrecht beat the keeper for an early 1-0 lead. Brennan then scored in the 11th minute on a pass from Brady Bornas.

In the 20th minute, Erick Perez Cruz scored for a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd half Isbrecht found the back of the net again off a pass from Abel Villareal for the final score. Zach Hastings made a season high 12 saves in the game.

On Monday the 28th, the Panthers hosted Lawton in a slow rain winning 8-0. The conference victory improved their record to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Erick Perez Cruz scored three goals for the hat trick, with one goal each by Brennan Bornas, Abel Villareal and Nathan Isbrecht. Jesus Garcia got the eighth goal to end the game.

Volleyball wins one, loses one

The Panther volleyball team won a conference match against the Martin Clippers, 3-1 on Sept. 22. Martin took an early lead in the first game but the Panthers worked their way back to a tie at 13. Martin took the lead again, but the Panthers responded with some powerful offensive attacks from Samantha Dietz. Addison Riley made a big block to tie the game at 23. Dietz had a kill taking the score to 24-23, and the game point was a net violation by Martin.

The Panthers struggled to gain any momentum in the second game, losing 25-13. But they came out hot in game three, taking an early 11-5 lead. Martin tied it up 12-12 and then jumped to a 21-16 lead. The young Panthers continued their big offensive attacks, including aces and tough defensive plays to tie the score at 22. Then a big block from Myah Hobson, an ace from Natalie Hart, an assist from Grace Chisek, and the final kill from Samantha Dietz finished the game at 25-23.

The Panthers took an early lead in game four, but this was a battle until they finally won 25-23. Samantha Dietz had a match high of 26 kills, followed by Grace Chisek with 35 assists and 26 digs.

Team stats: Samantha Dietz – 26 kills, 15 digs, three aces; Grace Chisek – 35 assists, 26 digs, two aces, one kill; Addison Riley – eight kills, four blocks, one dig; Myah Hobson – six kills, five blocks; Natalie Hart: five kills, six digs, two blocks, one ace; Abbigayle Roberts – five kills, five digs, one block; Jaylie Querfurth – 13 digs, two aces; Ellie Golden – nine digs; Allison Pline – five digs

Two nights later Kalamazoo Christian came to town and beat the Panthers, 3-0. Game scores were 25-21, 25-14, and 25-18. The girls battled in every game but fell short of a win against the Comets. The Panthers played well, but untimely errors cost them momentum and points despite great defensive saves and effective offensive attacks throughout the match. Samantha Dietz led with nine offensive kills. Grace Chisek had 13 assists.


The Panther cross-country team hosted a quad meet on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with Coloma, New Buffalo and Niles Brandywine. Leading the team and second overall was Ezra Troyer (18:18). German Casiano (18:27) was 4th, Jimmy Kolosowsky (20:11) 7th, Aaron Leoni (20:41) 10th, and David Robinson (31:39) 23rd.

In the girls race, with their overall place and time: 4. Morgan Lowell (22:46), 11. Kristina Swanson (26:03), 12. Abby Lomoro (26:10), 14. Brenda Romero (26:19), 15. McKenna Kirksey (27:04), 16. Destiny Kerr (27:07), 17. Keyona Klimkiewicz (27:10), 18. Megan Trapp (27:12), 19. Aria Richards (27:47), 22. Maddie Kolosowsky (29:52), 24. Karley Knight (30:30), 26. Amara Olexa (32:02), 27. Olivia Sutherland (32:44)

Watervliet Rec Council members for the 2021 season

Watervliet Recreation Council have made selection of board members and officers for the 2021 baseball and softball season. They include: President Ashley Barricklow, Vice-President Austin Brigham, Treasurer Carrie Wilder, Secretary Erica Kirksey, Co-Baseball Directors Martel Taylor & Tyler Ledesma, Co-Softball Directors Tyler Kirksey & Dennis Thomas, Concession Manager Ashley Barricklow, Assistant Concession Manager Emily Burke, and Web Designer Austin Brigham. Trustees are Kyle Burke, Steve Dawson, Scott Downey, Shelby Ledesma, Kassie Thomas, Julie Liberto-Taylor and Nick Wilder.

Press Box Player of the Week!

By Jerrod Birmele Kaden Johnson, a junior at Hartford High School, and a member of the Indian soccer and football teams, is the Oct. 1, 2020 Tri-City Record Press Box Player of the Week.

All on AQB panel find new positions, Jones moves

alone into first place

By Dave Vollrath It was a week in the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest that began with a strange new twist, and because this is 2020, it was COVID-19 related. It was announced last week that the Notre Dame versus Wake Forest game was postponed because of too many positive tests for the dreaded virus, related to team members. The issue for our panel of football experts is it was one of our featured games, as well as the tiebreaking game for the week. It was too late in the week’s usual proceedings to make changes to our picks. So for this week, that game was scratched and there will be no tiebreaking game. All ties will revert to the player’s position from the previous week. It was also a week where everyone of our panel of pigskin pickers either moved up in the standings or unfortunately moved down. Our leader and 3-time defending champ, Rodney Lynch, had one of his roughest weeks in a long time finishing at 3-4. Dan Jones had a great week going 6-1 replacing Lynch in first place as Lynch moves down to second. Jones now leads Lynch by two points, and the week’s results have tightened things up considerably for all of our panelists as well. Taylor Prestidge went 5-2 on the week and moves into third place, replacing RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht who struggled to a 3-4 mark and drops all the way down to 5th place. The TCR AQB competition is held weekly from the beginning of the football season in late summer until it finishes with the playing of the Super Bowl in February. We have six Tri-City area football fans competing against each other to predict the winners of a group of pre-selected game, from the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks. Following the conclusion of the Super Bowl, one winner is crowned champion and will have the honor of wearing the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback Championship hat. In the event that two or more ‘backs have the same record for the week, or the yearly total, their place in the standings will be determined by a weekly tiebreaker game. In addition to trying to correctly pick the winners of each week’s games, they predict the score from a specially selected game. The AQB who guesses the closest to the total number of points scored by both teams will get the higher spot in the standings. The enigma, which is the Detroit Lions, proved to be a thorn in the side of our entire group this week, as they kicked a last second field goal to grab victory from the jaws of defeat. All of our experts picked the Cardinals to beat the Lions. Tim Hildebrand, who is usually found near the top of our standings, had a really rough time this week going 2-5 and fell into the basement which most recently has been occupied by Greg Krell. Greg found some of his magic from previous years and by going 5-2 moves out of the cellar and up into fourth place. As for the weekly standings, and because there is no tiebreaker to use this week, they fall in this order: Dan first, Taylor second, Greg third, Rodney fourth, RoxAnn fifth, and Tim comes in 6th here as well. This week the temperatures are supposed to drop considerably into more football like weather. So be sure and check back next week and see if this change in weather can bring about a positive change for our panel of pigskin prognosticators as they dwell over this week’s selection of games.

Coloma vs. Fennville Constantine vs. Watervliet (Tiebreaker) White Pigeon vs. Hartford North Carolina vs. Boston College Texas A&M vs. Alabama Auburn vs. Georgia New Orleans vs. Detroit Indianapolis vs. Chicago


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