Once again, the Newaygo Lions fall on the short end of the stick, this time against Chippewa Hills 26-21.
The Lions had the homefield advantage, but the Warriors were up early after Ty Jose connected with Koronte Lowry for the 35 yard completion with 1:45 left in the first quarter. The PAT was no good, leaving the door open for the Lions, and with 4 seconds left in the first, Zach Rodriguez jumped at the opportunity with his 30 yard touchdown run. The Lion’s PAT was good and after one quarter, the Lions were up 7-6.
The second quarter went scoreless until 16 seconds before the half, when once again the Jose-Lowry duo scored, this time with an 8 yard pass, to put the Warriors ahead 14-7. As time expired in the half, Connor Swinehart was able to complete a 60 yard pass to Jarrod Wismar, that can only be described as stunning for a touchdown. The score was tied at half, 14-14.
The Warriors scored again with 5:45 left in the third quarter when Koron Lowery ran for 7 yards, however the PAT was no good, so the Warriors were up 20-14. The tenacious Lions, would score again with 1:45 left in the game, as Swinehart was able to connect with Brenden Brechting, for the 14 yard completion, and the PAT was good putting the Lions ahead 21-20.
The Warrior’s Jose would find Ozaawa Manito in the end zone from 16 yards out as the clock expired, leaving the Lions in defeat for the second week in a row, this time by a final of 26-21.
Connor Swinehart was the Core Power Player of the Game, as he was able to toss two touchdown passes for 74 yards. Swinehart has been a strong leader for the Lions.
Next week the Lions will travel to Stanton to face the Central Montcalm Hornets, and you can listen to Eric Wells on the Michigan Sports Radio app or website for this game.