The Comstock Park Panthers and Coopersville Broncos both entered tonight struggling thus far in 2018. The Broncos had struggled losing five of their first six games. Comstock Park had lost all six of their games, three of those came by three points or less. A late touchdown by Chase Brown carried the Panthers to their first win of 2018, a 35-32 outcome.
Dylan Blazon started the scoring for Comstock Park by being on the receiving end of a Chase Brown pass to take a 7-0 lead. Vaughn Van Til responded for Coopersville with a 14 yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to one. Before the quarter ends, Aidan Martin hauled in a sixty-five yard pass to extend Comstock Park’s lead to eight points.
Van Til’s one-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion halfway through the second quarter tied the game at fourteen. Cayden Schneider broke the tie and gave the Broncos the 20-14 lead with his 20 yard catch. They extended their lead to twelve points when Van Til again found the end zone early in the third quarter.
Down 26-14, Comstock Park immediately responded as they returned the kickoff to the house to trim the deficit to five points. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Schneider’s seventeen yard run gave Coopersville an eleven point lead with 10 minutes to play.
Comstock Park got two touchdowns in the final ten minutes to take the lead and win the game. Aidan Martin ran 42 yards to start the scoring for the Panthers and pull them within 4. Just four minutes later, Chase Brown ran eight yards to the end zone to give Comstock Park the 35-32 lead that they would hold until the end.
Not to be lost in the defeat, Cayden Schneider had a tremendous effort. He logged 28 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown. Vaughn Van Til also played solid for Coopersville as he found the end zone multiple times. On the defensive end, Owen Syrek led the way with 12 tackles for the Broncos.
Coopersville falls to 1-6 on the year. They wrap up their season with a pair of home games against Fruitport and West Catholic. Comstock Park increases their record to 1-6 on the season with tonight’s win. They wrap up their season with a road trip to Sparta and a home date with Grand Rapids Catholic Central.