After two tough defeats to begin the year, the Newaygo Lions and Central Montcalm Hornets squared off in CSAA-Gold action with hopes to end their losing streaks. The Lions played extremely well in this one, emerging as 62-14 winners.
Central Montcalm started the game with a 1 yard run from Andrew Johnson and a successful two point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. Newaygo would respond with touchdowns on back to back possession. First, Connor Swinehart passed it to Brendan Brechting for a 35 yard score, and then on the following drive, Zach Rodriguez would run 40 yards to the end zone, putting Newaygo up 14-8 to end the first quarter.
The Lions owned the 2nd quarter as they shut out the Hornets. Swinehart scored four times in the second quarter. First, he found Jarrod Wismar for a 15 yard touchdown. He would run for two scores from ten and seventy-two yards out respectively before finding Wismar again for an 18 yard touchdown. The Lions led at half 42-8.
Newaygo’s Zachary Rodriguez would start the second half scoring with a touchdown from 27 yards out. Central Montcalm would retaliate with Teague Stander and his speed, resulting in a 70 yard touchdown to make the score 49-14 Newaygo. Brendan Bretchting stepped up to the plate as the Lion’s quarterback for the second half, finding David Gaonzalez-Tirado for a 15 yard touchdown, 55-14.
The 4th quarter was uneventful for the Hornets, as Bretchting would run a 69 yard touchdown for Newaygo, sealing the deal for the Lions, 62-14.
Connor Swinehart was the Core Power Player of the Game, passing 3 touchdowns for 111 yards and ran the ball ten times for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Newaygo Lions will host the Big Rapids Cardinals next Friday, September 14. Eric Wells will be on the call for Michigan Sports Radio, all season long following the Lions. You can listen to this game on the app or the website.