The Newaygo High School community was celebrating their homecoming game this week when their Lions squared off with the Fremont Packers. From the start, Newaygo was able to jump out to a big lead, and they carried this momentum to a 46-14 victory in front of their home crowd as the clouds and rain rolled through town.
Braden Benjamin got things going for Newaygo when he ran five yards for a touchdown just three minutes into the game. Later in the first quarter, the Lions’ defense stepped up to the plate and delivered a scoring play. Jarrod Wisnar scooped up a loose fumble and ran it 20 yards to the end zone to give Newaygo a 14-0 edge.
Early in the second quarter, Benjamin got his second touchdown of the night when he ran it in from three yards out. Fremont would finally respond with a one yard plunge by Cody Andree and a two-point run by Christian Kennedy. In the winding seconds of the first half, Fremont found the end zone again on a 28 yard pass from Andree to Kennedy. This put Fremont right back in the game with a 20-14 lead as the teams entered the locker room.
Brenden Brechting provided some cushion for Newaygo when his 57 yard run pushed their lead out to twelve points. He would add a one-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter to extend the margin to 19 points. Before the quarter ended, David Gonzalez showed his skills with a 69 yard touchdown run through the teeth of the Fremont defense.
The lone touchdown in the fourth quarter came on a 40 yard run by Brayden Benjamin. This gave the Lions the 46-14 lead they would sustain the remainder of the game. With three touchdowns, Benjamin was voted by broadcaster Eric Wells as this game’s player of the week, and he should be in consideration for the weekly area-wide Core Power Performance Impact Players of the Week distinction. Honorable mention should be made to Jacob Jibson, who earned the distinction of Homecoming King on Friday night during the crowning festivities.
Newaygo sits at 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the CSAA-Gold. They will take on Tri-County next week in some conference action. On the other side, Fremont slides to 0-5. The Packers have fallen on tough times lately, losing 40 of their last 41. It will remain tough for them to get back in the win column this week when they face Grant.