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10-15-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Volleyball wins twice

It’s hard to believe it took them so long, but on Thursday, Oct. 8 the Panther volleyball team went on the road, for the first time all season, at Gobles. They swept the Tigers, 25-15, 25-9, and 25-16. In the first two games the Panthers took the lead early and played consistent to the end. Game three the score was tied 7-7 when the Panthers finally took control and began pushing the score. Coach Edie Daugherty said that several strong offensive attacks and aggressive defensive play was the key.

Stat leaders: Grace Chisek – 20 assist, 4 kills, 3 digs; Samantha Dietz – 13 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs, 1 block; Addison Riley – 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist; Natalie Hart – 5 kills, 3 digs, 1 assist; Abbigayle Roberts – 2 kills, 1 dig; Myah Hobson – 2 kills, 1 assist; Jaylie Querfurth – 4 digs, 1 ace; Allison Pline – 5 digs, 1 ace.

Earlier in the week the Lady Panthers hosted Fennville. This was a complete team win, with the Panthers serving up 18 aces and 23 kills. Fennville struggled with service receive and the Panthers took full advantage to control the momentum of the match from start to finish, winning 25-6, 25-13, and 25-8.

Aces: Grace Chisek 6, Allie Pline 4, Samantha Dietz 3, Ellie Golden 2, Natalie Hart 2 and Yanna Winters 1

Kills: Samantha Dietz 12, Natalie Hart 4, Grace Chisek 3, Myah Hobson 2, Addison Riley 2

Assists: Grace Chisek 17, Natalie Hart 2, Lilly Lefor 2

Panther football

The Panther varsity football team fell to 2-2 on the season, losing to a quick Kalamazoo United team 42-7. The game was held on Thursday night, Oct. 8, due to a shortage of referees willing to work high school games during the pandemic. The event was a double-header, with the JV playing first and the varsity kick off taking place a little after 7 p.m.

PANTHER ON THE PROWL… Brendon Petty looks for open space against Kalamazoo United last Thursday night in Panther Stadium. Petty gained a few yards on this play and later ran a kick 90 yards for a touchdown and then blocked a punt. Defending for United are Wyatt Steensma and Connor Bogard. Watervliet suffered a loss to the Titans, 42-7, during their Homecoming game. (TCR photo by Rebecca Yazel)

The Panther defense started out solid, making a few good plays, but once the talented United team got rolling they had too many weapons for the Panthers to handle. On offense the ground game had a little room to run, but the passing game was effectively shut down. The lone bright spot was a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by senior Brendon Petty.

Petty and Don Smith combined for 90 yards rushing. On defense Jordan Abney led with 10 tackles, followed by Smith with nine, and Conner Underwood with eight.

On Friday night, Oct. 16, the Panthers slide over to Coloma.

Boys soccer improves to 10-2 on the week

After losing close ones to the top two teams in the conference, the Panthers soccer team came up with a big 4-2 road win against Kalamazoo Christian on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Coach Doug Bornas noted that this was the first signature win for this two-year-old team and hopefully it will propel them to positive results in the district tournament next week.

The Comets of Kalamazoo Christian broke through off a corner kick in the 25th minute for a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, Nathan Isbrecht took a long feed from Erick Perez Cruz, beat the defense on the left side and then beat the keeper to tie it up 1-1.

Shortly after a blocked Panther penalty kick in the 31st minute, Brennan Bornas scored on a nice feed from Isbrecht to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. In the second half the Panthers kept up the pressure until Isbrecht took a long feed from Ryan Knapp, beat the defense and beat the keeper for a 3-1 lead. Four minutes later Brady Bornas took a nice pass from Alex Mejia to score, giving the Panthers a 4-1 lead. The Comets added a goal in the 78th minute to make it 4-2.

Zach Hastings played outstanding in net, making nine saves and generally controlling the back line. Andrew Chisek, Drew Van Lente, Ryan Knapp and eventually Brennan Bornas all played outstanding on defense, constantly stopping any and all attacks from the speedy Comets.

On Friday, Oct. 9 the Panthers took on Michigan Lutheran in an away match, winning 2-1 and improving their overall record to 10-2. The Titans scored the only goal in the first half on a rebound after a Zach Hastings save.

The Panthers tied the score in the 1st minute with a goal by Erick Perez. Late in the half Brennan Bornas got fouled hard in the penalty area and Brady Bornas made a successful penalty kick for the 2-1 lead and the win.

Cross country runs well at County meet

The Panther boys cross country team held their own against all of the teams in the county at the 49th annual Berrien County Meet in River Valley on Saturday, Oct. 3. The 6th-place team finish was led by Ezra Troyer who ran his best time of the season to place 14th in 17:45. Not far behind was German Casiano who captured 17th place and posted a 17:57 to break the 18-minute barrier for the first time. Abel Villareal and Aaron Leoni were also able to set new PRs with times of 19:18 and 20:31, respectively.

The Panther girls cross country team placed 8th in a field of 14 at the Berrien County Meet at River Valley. Morgan Lowell finished 15th overall and lowered her time another 36 seconds to 22:10. Kristina Swanson and Abby Lomoro were the next two Panthers across the finish line with Swanson 2 seconds shy of a new PR and Lomoro knocking 23 seconds off her previous best. Yona Klimkiewicz, Destiny Kerr, McKenna Kirksey, Megan Trapp, Maddie Kolosowsky, and Olivia Sutherland all raced their way to either Season Bests or new PRs.

On Saturday, Oct. 10 the cross country teams competed in a meet at Bridgman. Senior Ezra Troyer (18:06) finished third overall. German Casiano (19:20) was 11th, Camdon Geisler (20:17) was 14th, and Aaron Leoni (20:34) was 16th.

In the girl’s race the top runners were Morgan Lowell (23:39) at 12th, Abby Lomoro (25:18) at 18th, Kristina Swanson (25:19) at 19th, McKenna Kirksey (25:43) at 21st, and Megan Trapp (26:27) at 24th.

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Comets roll on the road, pick up 36-25 win at Parchment; Ready for showdown with Watervliet

The Coloma Comet football team is ready for their annual grudge match with their neighbor down the road, the Panthers of Watervliet. The Comets began the season on the road defeating the Delton-Kellogg Panthers. Last week they defeated another Panther team from Parchment, 36-25, again on the road. And now stands ready to host the Watervliet Panthers in a neighborhood rivalry which has been going on for over 110 years.

The Comets looked more reminiscent of their previous teams under head coach Joe Stephens, as they pounded out a big win keeping the ball mostly on the ground. But they still came up with a couple of big touchdown tosses from quarterback Drew Goodline to Cody Palgen. The first series looked like the 2020 Comets, when it drove to the Parchment 26-yard line and when it looked like they were about to stall out on 4th and 3, Goodline hooked up with Palgen on a pass Cody caught over the defender at the 3-yard line, then sidestepped his way into the end zone.

The Comets had 52 total plays on offense with all but three of those plays coming on the ground. Goodline threw three passes, all completions to Palgen for 72 yards with a 35-yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter to go along with that 26 yarder. However most of the game Coloma kept it on the ground with James Mathis carrying most of the load, but the Comet senior was up to the task. Mathis carried the ball 21 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns; some on hand offs from Goodline and some on direct snaps to his fullback position. Either way, Mathis was very impressive as he rolled through the Parchment defense with the hardest running the Comets have displayed in quite some time.

The Comet offensive line opened up some big holes for the senior running back, and where they couldn’t Mathis seemed to make his own holes. Mathis had an injury early in the game and was bleeding from the chin. Because of this they had to change from his number 5 jersey to number 99, and then a little later to number 15 which had the PA announcer on his toes. But there was no mistaking who was carrying the ball, no matter which number he was wearing.

Jacobie Bonds also had a very good game rushing the football, toting the rock eight times for 75 yards, and a touchdown from 29 yards out.

The Comets had their hands full with Parchment, as they threw the ball all over the stadium putting the ball in the air 39 times while completing 22 of those for 223 yards and one touchdown. The Panthers also rushed for over 150 yards, but the Comets were able to make the big stops to keep their opponent at bay. Coloma led 8-6 after the first quarter and 22-12 at the half, and after going up 28-12 early in the 3rd quarter Parchment never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way. The Comets were good on three of their 2-point conversion attempts in the game.

With Parchment running off 82 plays on offense, it gave the Comet defenders plenty of opportunities to pad their tackling stats. Coloma was led on defense in this category by Treighton Draughter with credit for nine tackles, solo and assists; while Drew Goodline, Noah Schwanke and Kevin Hearn each had seven tackles on the night. Cody Palgen and Dylan Nelson, each had six stops, and Timmy Schroeder and Jamie Rocha had five apiece. Nate Terry and Big James Clay both finished with four tackles.

Coloma now with a surprising 3-1 record can guarantee a winning season, by defeating the Panthers at home on Friday night, because of the late start to the season being shortened to six regular season games. In regards to the Coloma/ Watervliet game on Friday, Oct. 16, the attendance is still restricted by COVID-19 guidelines and spectators must have a ticket and $5 to attend the contest. According to Coloma Athletic Director Wendy Goodline, under current conditions, Coloma will be allowed to have an estimated crowd of between 500 and 600 fans.

Coloma volleyball beats Lawton, then hosts Saturday quad

On Tuesday, Oct. 5 the Comets beat the Lawton Blue Devils, 7-25, 25-15, 12-25, 26-24, and 15-9. Maddie McQuillan had a big night with 4 kills, 21 assists, 4 aces, 6 digs, and 1 block. Maurissa LaGrow had 3 digs, Adian Allmon had 4 aces, 7 digs, and one block, Gracie Whitaker had 14 kills, 2 aces, 6 digs, and 1 block. Addy Kimmerly added 9 digs. Taryn Blazier had 6 kills, 4 aces, 3 digs, and 2 blocks. Chloe Mathis had 4 aces and 12 digs. Mia Cole had 2 kills and 22 digs. Kiely Moore had 2 kills and 2 blocks and Clara Kimmerly had 2 kills, 3 digs, and one block.

On Saturday, Oct. 10 the Comets hosted a quad meet including Lakeshore, Buchanan, and Brandywine. As far as wins go the Comets didn’t fare too well, but it was great competition they faced in each match and Coloma competed very well as they continue to prepare for the district competition which will be coming up soon.

Coloma soccer splits a pair

The Comets playing on the road at Lawton, beat the Blue Devils; overwhelming them by a score of 7-1. It was a rare lopsided win for the Comets who now have a 5-6 record on the season and 4-5 in the conference. Coloma was led by a hat trick; three goals in the first half for Cannon Hodges, who scored two of those goals in the last two minutes of the half. Lawton’s lone goal came on a penalty kick in the 30th minute. Lucian Whitaker scored the first Comet goal with an assist from Fletcher Todd. The second half Coloma got scoring from Luis Olvera-Rodriguez, another from Whitaker, and a goal by Tyler Russell.

On Thursday, Oct. 8 Coloma traveled to Comstock, and lost a tough 2-1 decision to the Colts. Much of the early action was played in the middle of the field, with both teams taking turns controlling the action. The Colts scored first in the 9th minute, and that 1-0 lead held up until Coloma’s Tyler Russell tied the score in the 59th minute. He was assisted on the play by Luke Phillips. Comstock then scored the game winner with only four minutes left in the game. Coloma couldn’t muster up an equalizer and came home with a hard fought loss.

Comet cross country boys and girls run well at South Haven

On Thursday, Oct. 8 Coloma harriers ran at South Haven against some really good competition and showed that they will not back down against anyone.

GRANADOS RUNNING WILD! Coloma Comet eighth grader Eddy Granados has been dominating the cross country trails for the Coloma middle school team. Eddy recently competed in and won a pair of races. Granados won the Comet invitational on Sept. 26, covering the 1.5 miles in 8:59.53. Then on Sept. 29 Eddy led the field at a SAC meet in Schoolcraft, winning the 3000 meter event in a time of 11:38.63.

For the girls team it couldn’t get too much better for the Comets, as they placed girls in the first three places and four in the top ten. They finished in first among teams that included Berrien Springs, Fennville, and Lawrence. Ava Genovese led the way for Coloma coming in first overall in a time of 20:34, Abby Vandermolen finished 2nd in beating her personal best time by almost a minute with a 21:12, as Camryn Brown also had a PR of 21:29 as she finished in 3rd place. McKinleigh Kraemer came in 10th in 23:36, and Cali Grenon had a PR of 25:37, running in 17th place.

The boys finished in 2nd to a perennial cross country power Berrien Springs, as they also had a couple of runners finish with their best times ever. Boden Genovese, the Comet freshman, finished 3rd to a couple of Berrien runners in a time of 17:15. Jake Ickes finished 8th overall in a personal best 17:53. Blane Sutherland and Ethan Vandermolen finished 13th and 14th respectively, in times of 18:32 and 18:44; while Andy Granados a Comet sophomore had his best time of 19:45, giving him a 20th place finish.

Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele

Hartford football suffers heartbreaking Homecoming loss to Decatur

Last Thursday night, Oct. 8, the Hartford Indian football team hosted Decatur for their annual Homecoming game and festivities. Moved one day ahead due to an official shortage, this game meant much more on the surface. It has been a tumultuous start to the season for the team, who came into the game 0-3 and was outscored 125-27 in their first three games.

Decatur also came into the game with a similar record as Hartford, at 0-3 on the season, so one team was going to go home with their first win of the year. The Indians came in having won two of the last three in the series, including last year’s 42-6 drubbing at Decatur. This game, however, did not go as planned, as despite an early 6-0 lead for Hartford, the Raiders came back to score 19 unanswered points which ended up being the difference. The final scoreboard would read 26-13 for Decatur when time expired. This was one of the toughest losses so far this season, as the Indians played a good enough game to win.

In terms of the box score, both teams played to a draw after the first quarter, as the game remained scoreless after 12 minutes, before, despite a Hartford touchdown, Decatur used a touchdown of their own and a field goal to take a 10-6 halftime lead. The Indians cut into the deficit by one after three quarters, getting the game to 16-13 heading into the final 12 minutes, before Decatur put the game away with a 10-0 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.

Hartford managed to put two touchdown scoring plays on the scoreboard in the game, one coming via the run and the other via the pass. At the 9:08 mark of the second quarter, the Indians scored their first touchdown when quarterback Donovan Sikes kept the ball and took it 10 yards into the end zone for the score. The extra-point kick was blocked. The second, and final, touchdown came with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter, when Sikes connected with a wide-open Dylan Voss for the 32-yard passing touchdown. Bryan Torres ended the scoring with the successful extra-point kick.

On offense, the Indians managed a season-high 270 yards of total offense. Of that total, 169 yards were rushing and 101 yards were passing. Leading the rushing attack for Hartford was Aaron Sinclair, who carried the ball 15 times for 140 yards. Donovan Sikes was 8-of-12 passing for 99 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Voss lead the receiving core with three catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Sinclair added 32 yards on five receptions.

On defense, the Indians were led by Oscar Trevino, who celebrated his birthday with a team-high 16 tackles, including four solo stops. Jonah Henslee added 13 tackles (including six solo stops), Andrew Michael added 11 tackles (including a solo tackle and tackle-for-a-loss) and Ernesto Rodriguez added 10 tackles (including two solo stops). Hartford forced three turnovers on defense, with Jared Foerster picking up an interception, while Henslee and Trevino scooped up fumble recoveries.

Hartford is currently 0-4 on the season, and has the same record in Southwest 10 Conference action. The Indians will round out their home schedule at Indian Stadium this week, as they will take on the Centreville Bulldogs this Friday, Oct. 16, for senior night. The Bulldogs will come into the game with an unblemished 4-0 record on the season. The game result and statistics can be found in next week’s Hartford Press Box.

Hartford boys soccer scores another conference title, three victories

Last week, the Hartford Indian boys soccer team continued their shortened season with another set of matches; including a pair of conference tilts and a non-conference match. The team came into another busy stretch of action having won eight of their first ten matches, having lost those two matches by the slimmest of margins: one in a shootout and one by a goal. The program is continuing to show positive strides, despite the team’s core of players being young.

SW10 CHAMPS… Hartford Indian boys soccer team is adding yet another conference championship trophy to their ever-growing resume! The team defeated Bangor, 6-nil, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, to clinch the outright conference title. It is the team’s eighth conference championship in the last ten years. (Photo courtesy of Hartford Indian Athletics)

On Monday, Oct. 5, the team hosted Saint Joseph Michigan Lutheran in their lone non-conference match of the week. The contrast between the two teams could not be more different from a roster standpoint: while Hartford has just three seniors on this year’s team, the Titans came to Hartford filled with a roster of 13 seniors. You might think that experience would take a toll on the Indians, but it was the exact opposite. Hartford jumped out to a 4-1 halftime lead, and used three second half goals to extend their winning margin to five, as they would go to score the 7-2 victory.

The Indians got their seven goals courtesy of four different players: Kevin Parra (3), Aaron Lopez-Robles (2), Alan Gonzalez and Caiden Smith. Assists were credited to Gonzalez (2), Parra and Smith. Goalkeeper Jesus Rivas recorded seven saves in net.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the team hosted Bangor in a Southwest 10 Conference match that could decide the conference title. These two teams have sat at the top of the conference standings all season long, with the Indians holding the advantage thanks to a 2-1 victory back on Sept. 21. Knowing that their opponent would be bringing their best usually brings the best out in the Indians, and it showed, especially in the second half. Hartford got off to a slow start, leading just 1-nil after the first half. But the team caught fire in the second half, scoring five goals in the final 40 minutes to pull away to a 6-nil victory, clinching yet another conference trophy to put in an ever-growing soccer trophy case.

The Indians got their six goals courtesy of four different players: Alan Gonzalez (2), Kevin Parra (2), Danny Gutierrez and Aaron Lopez-Robles. Assists were credited to Parra (2), Gutierrez and Lopez-Robles. Goalkeeper Kaden Johnson pitched a shutout, thanks to an eight save effort in goal.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the team hosted Bloomingdale in a Southwest 10 Conference tilt during their final home match of the season. These two teams have a bit of recent history, as it was the Cardinals that handed the Indians their last conference loss over a year ago. However, in their first match of the year back on Sept. 23, Hartford was victorious, 4-1. This one was the absolute perfect ending for the seniors at home, with the Indians scoring the 5-nil victory. Hartford dominated the match from the opening whistle, taking a 3-nil lead into halftime that would be extended in the second half by an additional pair of goals.

The Indians got their five goals courtesy of three different players: Alan Gonzalez (3), Kevin Parra and Caiden Smith. Assists were credited to Parra and Smith. Goalkeepers Kaden Johnson and Jesus Rivas earned the shutout by combining for eight saves in net.

Hartford is currently 11-2 on the season, and finished with a record of 6-0 in Southwest 10 Conference action. The Indians will finish the regular season with a pair of road non-conference matches this week. They began the week by taking on Niles Brandywine on Monday before traveling to Comstock to take on the Colts on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Hartford volleyball struggles through tough week with two losses

Last week, the Hartford Lady Indian volleyball team continued their season by playing two conference matches during the seven-day stretch. This season can only be described as somewhat disappointing for the team, which came into play with a 2-11 record on the season. You can attribute the lack of victories from having a tough conference and non-conference schedule with solid competition, and not due to a lack of hard work and dedication.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the team hosted the Lady ‘Cats of Marcellus in their second-to-last home match of the season. As has been the case all season long, this match featured its variety of ups and downs, and highs and lows, for the team. Unfortunately, in the end, the match would go the way of the visiting Lady ‘Cats, who defeated the Lady Indians in straight sets: 25-17, 25-12, and 25-11.

In terms of statistics, Hartford was led in aces by Karly Manning, Mary Pultz and Alexis Snodgrass, who all served an ace each. Pultz led the team in kills with 4, while Snodgrass posted 3 kills and Mercedes Requenes posted 2 kills. Snodgrass led the team in digs with 11, while two players, Vanessa Delarosa and Khashya McCoy, posted 5 digs each and three additional players, Ariah Jordan, Manning and Pultz, posted 4 digs each. Other statistical leaders included Manning with 6 assists.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the team traveled to Decatur to take on the Lady Raiders in another crucial match for the conference standings. With the conference tournament looming in the not-so-distant future, a win against one of their rivals could go a ways to improving their position. Unfortunately, for the third consecutive match, the Lady Indians would take a loss in straight sets: 25-9, 25-20, and 25-14.

In terms of statistics, Hartford recorded no aces on the evening. Mercedes Requenes led the team in kills with 5, while Alexis Snodgrass posted 4 kills and Khashya McCoy posted 3 kills. Requenes led the team in digs with 5, while Paris Rondo posted 4 digs and Ariah Jordan posted 3 digs. Other statistical leaders included Karly Manning with 4 assists and McCoy and Snodgrass with 2 blocks each.

Hartford is currently 2-13 on the season, and possesses a 1-6 record in Southwest 10 Conference action. The ladies will finish the conference campaign and play in the conference tournament this week. They will have taken the road on Tuesday, Oct. 13, by traveling to White Pigeon to take on the Lady Chiefs, before returning to the same location just five days later, on Saturday, Oct. 17 to participate in the Southwest 10 Conference tournament.

Hartford cross country teams continue winning streak with SW10 victory

Last Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7, the Hartford Indian cross country teams participated in their third Southwest 10 Conference “jamboree” of the season. The teams have shown solid pace in the first two jamborees so far, and the results prove it with a pair of first place overall finishes by both the men and ladies teams.

At the jamboree held at Marcellus High School, both teams scored first place finishes by defeating both the host Wildcats and Bangor. On the men’s side, Hartford was the only team with enough scoring runners (five) to earn a team score of 15, while the ladies finished with a team score of 25, easily defeating Bangor (49) and Marcellus (57) to earn top honors.

The men’s team was led by Jacob Morales, who scored the overall victory with a time of 19:05, while Jairo Lopez clocked in with a time of 19:18, good enough for 2nd place. The top five runners also included Bo Janicki in 3rd place (19:28), Arulio Delgado in 5th place (19:56) and Hunter Bloom in 7th place (20:20).

On the ladies side, the team was led by Gillian Kuehnle, who placed 3rd overall with a time of 22:32, while Mikaela Cowgill clocked in with a time of 22:43, good enough for 4th place. The top five runners also included Jasmin Janicki in 5th place (23:43), Jamie Smith in 6th place (23:55) and Mayra Naranjo in 7th place (24:04).

The Hartford cross country teams return to action this week for their fourth Southwest 10 Conference “jamboree”, which happens to be more of triangular meets this year. This week, they will travel to Bloomingdale on Wednesday, Oct. 14 to take on the host Cardinals, along with Decatur.

As always, GO INDIANS!

Press Box Player of the Week!

Tri-City Record Press Box Player of the Week for Oct. 15, 2020 is Watervliet’s Conner Underwood. Connor is a linebacker on the Panther varsity football team and had a breakout game last week against Kalamazoo United. In the second half he played big and made several strong tackles and created some defensive havoc. He was also one of the top offensive players in the game; punting several times, sometimes under strong pressure. He kept his cool and got the kicks away, averaging about 35 yards per punt which pushed United back and kept them from any good returns.

Conner, a junior on the team, said he felt like someone needed to step up and get the momentum going in a game that was slipping away.

He was called up to the varsity during last year’s season after some injuries depleted the linemen group and has been a fixture on the offensive line and in the defense ever since. He started punting for fun at summer workouts and found out he was pretty good at it. He worked hard on that part of his game and now he’s the guy called upon to change the field position.

Conner has been playing football for nine years, and in the offseason enjoys weightlifting and running. He also plays basketball and runs track in the spring. On the weekends you’ll find him watching the Lions, Spartans, and following Ferris State.

Academically Conner’s favorite subject is chemistry, in part because his teacher is one of his coaches, Joe Morseau. Conner plans to go to college somewhere, hopefully to play football.

Congratulations Conner!

Jones increases his lead; AQB adds COVID insurance game

By Dave Vollrath In a week of the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback competition where there were several upsets and many surprises that tripped up our illustrious panel of football prognosticators, our leader Dan Jones was still on his game and even increased his lead back to two points over Rodney Lynch who wasn’t so adept at seeing these upsets brewing. In this world of COVID-19 uncertainty, each week there seems to be several games that are postponed because of the virus. So in an effort to head off another of our games getting victimized, we have decided to add an insurance game each week to give to our experts with an additional tiebreaker game. The COVID Game will not be used or seen in any week, unless one of our preselected games is postponed and it’s too late to add a new game to our list. Our pigskin pickers are all on board with this slight modification, with the hope that it will never have to be utilized. Our leader again this week, Dan Jones, finished with an outstanding 6-2 record for the week. Rodney Lynch got tripped up and fell a couple of games behind by going 4-4. Everyone on our panel, and experts across the country, couldn’t predict the Las Vegas Raiders upset of the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. With that, Dan was the only person bold enough to pick the Bears over the Bucs as the Bears won a 20-19 nail biter. But Dan wasn’t finished because he picked then #21 Texas A&M to upset #4 Florida which gave him another full game over each in our group, as the Aggies upended the Gators 41-38. Rodney only lost a game to RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht as she went 5-3, and leaped from 5th to 3rd. She is now tied with Taylor Prestidge (4-4 for the week); both are 25-14 and three games out of second place. RoxAnn gets the 3rd place slot based on this week’s tiebreaker 61 points scored in the Coloma-Parchment game, that the Comets won 36-25. 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 games 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 try and predict the score from a specially selected game. The AQB who comes the closest to the total number of points scored by both teams will get the higher spot in the standings. Taylor stays locked into the number 4 spot, while Greg Krell who was a perfect 3-0 on the high school picks was then 0-5 the rest of the week, ouch, finishing 3-5 and dropping from 3rd to 5th place. Tim Hildebrand who is still mired in the basement went 4-4, but with plenty of season remaining to get back in the hunt for the championship is now seven points out of the lead. Dan of course comes out on top for the week, with RoxAnn coming in 2nd. Taylor finishes 3rd because of the tiebreaking game over Rodney and Tim, who finish the week 4th and 5th respectively, and Greg’s 3-5 record lands him in the basement for the week. We certainly expect more upsets to take place, and our panel will have to be on their games to predict when and where those will occur. Be sure and check back next week as our panel dives head first into this list of games, and we’ll find out which of these pigskin prognosticators will come out on top.

Watervliet vs. Coloma Hartford vs. Centreville U of Pittsburgh vs. U of Miami Louisville vs. Notre Dame LSU vs. Florida Georgia vs. Alabama (Tiebreaker) Detroit vs. Jacksonville Chicago vs. Carolina


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