The Newaygo Lions found themselves at a pivotal crossroads in their season. After back-to-back wins, the Lions moved to 3-2 on the year. This made this Friday’s game against Tri-County pivotal to making a push to the playoffs. The Vikings found themselves in similar shoes with a 2-3 record, so that left them with less margin for error. Scoring the game’s first twenty-eight points would turn out to be the difference for Newaygo, as they held on for a 28-14 victory over Tri-County.
Just two minutes into the game, Newaygo got the scoring started with a 64 yard touchdown run by David Gonzalez. Five minutes later, Gonzalez found the end zone again. This one yard plunge gave the Lions a 14-0 lead after the first twelve minutes of play.
In the second quarter, Brenden Brechting got his first touchdown of the game with a five yard plunge through the Vikings defense. After a scoreless third quarter, Brechting would find the end zone again on a four yard run in the early seconds of the fourth quarter. This gave Newaygo a 28-0 advantage with 11:56 to play.
Tri-County made a valiant effort to try and come back in this game. Tyler Tompkins went to the air and he found Cam Friend for a 50 yard touchdown. On their next drive, Nick Braunschneider ran it in from 22 yards out to cut the lead to fourteen points. They were unable to move any closer in the final three minutes of the game.
There were a handful of stars for Newaygo in this win. Gonzalez had 22 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead the rushing attack. Brechting complimented him with 18 carries of his own for 105 yards and two scores. This speaks volumes about the work that the Newaygo offensive line did to open running lanes tonight. On the defensive side, Cameron Goodin had a great game with seven tackles. Gavon Rake manned the secondary and had two interceptions.
Newaygo moves to 4-2 with the victory, and they are 4-1 in league play. Next week, they will take on Grant in a conference game. For Tri-County, they now have zero margin for error. At 2-4, they need to win out and get some help to reach the playoffs once again. The first team standing in their way are the Fremont Packers.