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Eddies too strong for Wildcats
EDWARDSBURG — Edwardsburg’s football team showed Three Rivers Friday why they have dominated the Wolverine Conference the past few years.
Kevin Bartz’s Eddies, now 8-0, were the aggressors in a 38-0 win over the visiting Wildcats at Leo Hoffman Stadium.
Edwardsburg’s defense intercepted Three Rivers’ senior quarterback Alex Minger twice on the night and the Eddies recovered one Wildcat fumble.
Minger attempted just six passes on the night completing one of those, a 10-yard toss to receiver Sam Hawkins.
Three Rivers, which had won six straight games after losing its season opener, was not able to force any turnovers of its own on defense.
Those takeaways had played a key role in Three Rivers’ winning streak.
With the Eddies shutting down their passing attack, J.J. Wagner’s Wildcats, now 6-2, were forced to keep the ball on the ground.
Senior tailback Tyson New picked up 61 yards on 18 attempts for the Cats. Minger added three rushes for 30 yards.
Edwardsburg behind its big offensive line was able to control the game and clock with its potent Wing-T offense. Tailback Nick Bradley ran nine times for 158 yards and two TDs. Kyle Shrider added 62 yards on 13 trips and a pair of scores and Joey Hess tacked on three carries for 58 yards and one TD.
Edwardsburg led Three Rivers 8-0 after one quarter.
The Eddies’ first TD came on a one-yard run by Hess. Hess added the two-point conversion run.
Edwardsburg added three scores in the second period all by Shrider on runs of 11, 53 and 23 yards. Eddies quarterback Cameron Ekanayake added a conversion run along with a conversion pass to Shrider. Bradley also ran in a conversion for a 32-0 Eddies lead at halftime.
Bradley added a 61-yard TD dash during the third quarter to cap the game’s scoring.
Sophomore middle linebacker Traven Van Oss was a bright spot on the night with 16 tackles for Three Rivers, along with Austin Zablocki who racked up 11 stops. Hawkins added eight, Tyler Carson six and Tirrell Hausmanis five tackles for the Cats.
Edwardsburg’s defense was led by Spencer Plummer and Chase Tarwacki with six tackles each. Juchuan Fox intercepted a pass for the Eddies and Landen Cebra had an interception.
Three Rivers hosts Vicksburg next Friday in the annual Swinebone Game on Senior Night.
Mendon 48, Centreville 0
MENDON — Mendon’s football team earned its magical sixth win Friday with a 48-0 rout of Centreville.
The win puts Mendon, now 6-2 overall, in the postseason playoffs.
Hunter Lovell scored four TDs on a pair of one-yard runs, 11 and 25 yards. The Hornets’ senior quarterback rushed nine times for 45 yards and completed 6-of-11 passes for 134 yards with two interceptions.
Ruben Vorster returned a punt 66 yards for another Mendon score and ran for a 15 yard TD and booted seven extra points.
Corbin Weinberg scored on a 17-yard run for the Hornets, who owned a 26-2 edge in first downs.
Mendon outrushed Centreville 247-50.
Vorster added eight carries for 78 yards. Austin Rensi gained 53 on six touches. Weinberg ran for 42 yards on five carries.
Layne Peterson had 10 tackles for Mendon. Kaden Frye and Noah Slaughter had seven tackles each and Mikki Feister racked up nine for Mendon.
Jake DeRyke recovered a fumble for Mendon and Frye intercepted a pass.
Muskegon Heights 40, Colon 22
COLON — Colon’s football team outgained visiting Muskegon Heights Academy on the ground.
It was Muskegon Heights’ passing attack though that hurt Colon the most in a 40-22 loss at home to the Tigers Friday.
Colon outrushed Muskegon Heights 124-98.
But the visitors gained 298 yards through the air on 12-of-19 completions.
Colon scored on a pair of one-yard TDs by quarterback Daniel Alva. Connor Clemens caught a 10-yard pass from Alva for another Magi score.
Dane Wilson kicked two PATs for Colon and James Thompson caught a conversion pass from Alva.
Thompson was Colon’s top ballcarrier with 78 yards on 12 carries. Alva ran 10 times for 14 yards and Clemens gained 47 yards on seven touches.
Colon was led defensively by Thompson with eight tackles. Zach Greenwald piled up seven stops. Alva and Branden Tomlinson had five tackles each.
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