Reed City, Evart post conference football wins

Reed City's Xavier Allen (12) throws a pass in action earlier this season. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Reed City's Xavier Allen (12) throws a pass in action earlier this season. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

STANTON — The showdown of undefeated Central State Activities Association Gold Division powers went in Reed City’s favor on Friday in a 36-20 win over defending league king Central Montcalm.

Reed City had an 8-7 lead after the first quarter, 16-7 at halftime and 22-14 after three quarters.

Noah Jones had 19 carries for 146 yards, two rushing touchdowns and an 18-yard touchdown catch, Landon Tomaski had 11 carries for 106 yards and one touchdown. Alex Wirgau had 10 carries for 65 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

In passing, Xavier Allen had two completions for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Seth Jackson had three tackles and two interceptions. Payton Hanson and Joe Shewan each had four tackles.

“It was a physical game,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. “It was back and forth for three quarters. We got a couple of scores in the fourth to pull ahead. We played through some adversity, overcoming some injuries.

“But it’s a good road win for us to come away with against a team that’s 2-0.”

The Coyotes will host Newaygo on Friday.

Evart 29, Houghton Lake 22

Evart picked up its first win of the season to improve to 1-2 over previously unbeaten Houghton Lake on Friday.

Evart was up 14-0 after the first quarter but it was tied 14-14 at halftime. Evart trailed 22-20 after three quarters but outscored Houghton Lake 9-0 in the final 12 minutes.

Bryant Calderon scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter and caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Danny Witbeck, also in the first quarter. Cole Hopkins had a 10-yard reception in the third quarter. Reese Ransom kicked a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter. Brayden Cass had a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Calderon had nine carries for 111 yards and one touchdown. He caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Witbeck had 14 carries for 76 yards and was 6-for-10 passing for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Ransom had 21 tackles, Donovan Balowski had 15 tackles and Cole Hopkins had 14.

“It was a really back and forth game,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “We only had two offensive possessions the entire second half of the football game. Their tailback had 52 carries for 273 yards. They just ran, ran, ran, ran. We fought hard.

“We jumped to an early lead but let them back in the game. We just battled back. It was a physical football game and we needed the win. It’s a win we thought we could get. I’m really proud of our kids.”

Evart plays Friday at Lake City.

"That was a big win for us," Craven said after Friday's game. "Our kids have been playing hard. We made some mistakes but learned from them and regrouped with our assignments at halftime. I was proud of our kids. We need to clean up a few more areas as we continue to work to improve our controllables. Our kids are getting better every week and that is important as we grow toward the playoff push. Lake City is a well coached team. We will need to prepare for them with great detail and discipline. Lake City is a perennial power in our league. They are very well coached, especially their defense. Our kids will need to play disciplined football and win individual battles if we are able to compete.

"It will be important that we defend and stop their run game. They do a nice job of spreading things out and then running the football. They are very multiple in their offensive formations so we will need to be very detail oriented in how we attack their schemes. We are really pleased with our leadership. Our kids are not the biggest or strongest, but they have a tremendous desire to compete and get better each day. We could have easily folded after our debacle in McBain, but our leaders regrouped their teammates, prepared with great enthusiasm for Houghton Lake, and found a way to win against a pretty good team. We are always striving to get better in every aspect of our game. We want to exhibit great character through our energy, discipline, and integrity. We need to continue to compete on and off the field to be our very best, individually and collectively."

McBain 48, Pine River 20

LEROY -- Pine River fell to 1-2 with this loss to McBain on Friday in Highland Conference play.

Austin Dean passed for 145 yards for Pine River.

The Bucks are at Houghton Lake on Friday.