The Newaygo Lions have had quite an interesting adventure this season. The first two weeks, Newaygo fell just short in defeats against Kent City and Chippewa Hills. Things looked bleak for their pursuit of a second straight playoff trip. Something then clicked for Newaygo, as they won five consecutive games, three of which by very comfortable margins.
A week eight defeat against Reed City put the Lions in a tough position in the final week as they took on Muskegon Catholic Central in the season finale. With low playoff points, there were some questions about an at-large selection for Newaygo if they lost on Friday night. On senior night, they took an early lead and played stellar defense in a 14-7 victory over the Crusaders to clinch the school’s eleventh all-time playoff berth, and their second straight trip to the postseason.
In the first quarter, Newaygo started the scoring as quarterback Connor Swinehart kept the ball and he went fifteen yards to the end zone for a touchdown to give the Lions an early 7-0 lead. His second touchdown of the half, a twenty-yard touchdown run extended the lead to fourteen points.
The Newaygo defense played tremendous tonight, allowing seven or fewer points for the third time this season. They have allowed 19 points per game this season, but if you take away the Reed City game, this number drops to 15.6. Offensively, they have scored a tad over 30 points each week, playing equally as strong. These numbers could provide for a potentially deep playoff run for the Lions. The playoff path will be determined Sunday night during the Selection Show.