The Newaygo Lions (1-1) and Central Montcalm Hornets (2-0) met on Friday night in Newaygo in a CSAA-Gold league contest. The Hornets entered as one of the feel good stories of the year, after they snapped a 13-game losing streak by winning their first two games this year. They extend their streak to three with a 34-28 road victory over the Lions.
David Gonzalez did his thing once again early in this game, as he broke a 47 yard run to the end zone to give the Lions a 7-0 edge. They would go up 14-0 before the first quarter ended thanks to a one yard run by Braden Benjamin.
In the second quarter, the Hornets were able to get their sting back offensively. Things started out with a big play, as Riley Bowen went 53 yards for the score. After Gonzalez went 13 yards to re-extend the lead to fourteen points, it was time for Central Montcalm to get even. Another big play, this time 66 yards from Teague Stander got things going again for the Hornets. They tied it with just under a minute to play in the half when Andrew Johnson threw to Gunner Hill for the 15 yard score.
The momentum that Central Montcalm seized in the second quarter continued as the teams came out to start the second half. They got a 65 yard touchdown run from Stander to take the lead for the first time at 28-21. They would push their lead to 13 on a one-yard run by Johnson. Newaygo found the end zone one more time in the game, as Brenden Brechting tossed it 41 yards to Gonzalez to bring the Lions within six late in the third quarter. They would never draw closer.
2014 was the last season in which Central Montcalm won three games, but the last three-game win streak would take you back to their first three games in 2011. They look like they can keep things rolling next week when they face Fremont. For Newaygo, they are now 1-2 and will try to bounce back against Big Rapids.