On Friday night in Kent City, the Newaygo football team started their 2018 campaign. They were visiting an Eagles team that had a very successful season a year ago, winning ten games and reaching the district finals. Although Newaygo fell behind early in this one, they made an impressive second half surge to make this one interesting. Ultimately, they were unable to overcome the deficit, falling 36-26.
Kent City had very little problem scoring in this one, including three touchdowns in the first quarter of action. The Newaygo offense struggled early, putting the team in a 24-6 hole heading into the locker room.
The Lions’ offense came to life late in this one, making it an interesting finish. When they had cut the lead to 36-20, they elected to onside kick. After recovering, they marched down the field, and Connor Swinehart found Jarrod Wisnar in the end zone for a seventeen yard touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful however, leaving the margin at 36-26. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Kent City, who then ran out the remaining 2:46 on the clock to seal the win.
Gio Weeks, the selection for Core Power Player of the Game, had 3 touchdowns for a total of 143 yards. The Wing T run-first attack of Kent City also saw help from Evan Jones and Max Hudson, who each rushed for a touchdown from 23 and 46 yards respectively.
Quarterback Connor Swinehart had three total touchdowns in this one. He tossed a pair, one from seven yards to Kade Bhuyan, the other a seventeen yard strike to Jarrod Wisnar. Swinehart also used his legs to run for a five-yard score.
Next week, Newaygo will try and get in the win column as they host Chippewa Hills in the first CSAA-Gold contest. This game will be broadcast LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio next Thursday by Eric Wells and the team.