The Newaygo Lions took the trip up to Top Taggart Field on the campus of Ferris State University to take on the Big Rapids Cardinals in a CSAA-Gold contest. After Big Rapids got out to an eight point lead midway through the second quarter, Newaygo ended the game on a 36-7 run to end up three touchdown winners.
Jack Cooley started the scoring for Big Rapids when he ran four yards to the end zone. This lead lasted just 57 seconds before Braden Benjamin went 34 yards to score and tie the game at seven after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Newaygo took the lead on a 34 yard touchdown pass from Brenden Brechting to Angel Guevara. After the missed extra point, the Cardinals were able to retake the lead on Cooley’s one yard touchdown run. He would break off a 24 yard touchdown run just nineteen seconds later to put Big Rapids up eight. Jacob Jibson scored his first touchdown of the season with three minutes left in the first half to cut the lead to two points. The Lions would take a six-point lead into the locker room after Brechting found Guevara for 30 yards and a touchdown.
Newaygo scored three more unanswered touchdowns in the second half. Jibson broke off a long run of 66 yards to the end zone before Benjamin converted the two-point try to give the Lions a 35-21 lead. Jarrod Wismar and the defense contributed to the scoreboard when he scooped up the loose ball and ran it 24 yards to the end zone. In the fourth quarter, Benjamin ran five yards to the end zone to push the Lions’ lead to 49-21. With three and a half minutes to play, Cooley plunged it in from a yard out to cut the deficit to three scores. They were unable to overcome the deficit, falling by the 49-28 score.
Newaygo is now 2-2 on the season and 2-1 in the CSAA-Gold. They will continue CSAA-Gold play next week against the Fremont Packers. Big Rapids finds themselves at 1-3 on the year and 1-2 in league play. Their season continues next week against Central Montcalm.