The Newaygo Lions defeated Muskegon Catholic Central to clinch their second straight playoff berth. This year, for just the fourth time ever and the first time since 2012, the Lions got a win in the postseason. In a home game against Morley-Stanwood, Newaygo led from the start in a 25-10 victory.
Both teams’ defensive units stepped up to the plate in the first quarter, as they pitched a shutout. The second twelve minutes however, would see a trio of scoring plays. Newaygo broke the scoreless streak with eight minutes to go in the half when Connor Swinehart kept the ball for an eighteen yard touchdown run. With 1:44 until halftime, the Mohawks would respond when Alvaro Orjas kicked a 30-yard field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, the Lions got a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as David Gonzalez found a seam on the return and took it all the way to the house. This gave Newaygo a 13-3 halftime advantage.
Morley-Stanwood made this one interesting in the third quarter, when they got the lone touchdown. Jason Bialik’s 36-yard touchdown run brought the Mohawks within three points heading into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, Swinehart stepped up and answered the bell to put this game away. In the second minute of the fourth quarter, he capped off a drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Brenden Brechting. After the defense forced a stop, Swinehart hit David Gonzalez for a 24-yard touchdown to extend the lead to fifteen points.
Newaygo’s defense stepped up and held the Mohawks scoreless the rest of the way to seal the 25-10 win. This was the first playoff win for Newaygo since 2012, when they reached the regional finals. The victory advances them to next week’s district finals against Montague. The Lions will hit the road to Montague for this one, at a time and date to be announced on Monday. This game will be broadcast LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio.