— Central Montcalm’s football team played as well as they could have for a first game, noted coach Marty James.
“For a first game we had some first-game stuff that happened like alignment problems, but to cause three turnovers and not turn the ball over the first game, we’re feeling pretty good about that,” he said.
The Green Hornets played a near-perfect game against the Lakeview Wildcats, winning 30-0 Friday night.
An omen for the game was the opening kickoff.
“We fumbled the opening kickoff and they had the ball on our nine yard line,” Lakeview coach Guenther MIddlestaedt said. “We stuffed them.”
“We caused a turnover on the very first kickoff,” James said. “Couldn’t finish it but it set the one for the night.”
But the Hornets got on the board with a 24-yard run from Lucas Emmons. The PAT made it 7-0.
Emmons then ran 89 yards for the second score, but the two-point conversion was stopped.
“We played good defense through the first half, but they broke off a 90-yarder to go up 13-0,” Middlestaedt said.
Jon Fickle scored from 40 yards out and Emmons added a seven-yard run in the third quarter. Fickle kicked a 29-yard field goal for the final score.
“We finally got it rolling offensively in the second half,” James said. “We made some blocking scheme adjustments and got rolling. They did a nice job of shutting down our veer offense, but we made adjustments and was able to spring some big ones.”
Meanwhile the Central defense continually stopped the Wildcats.
“The big struggle was our offensive line couldn’t move their defensive line,” Middlestaedt said. “We couldn’t get off the ball and move their defense. A lot could be said about Central Montcalm and the quality of their players.”
That’s what James had in mind.
“Our defense was absolutely stellar,” he said. “They (Lakeview) didn’t get a lot from us.”
The biggest offensive player for the Wildcats was Joe Main, who had 51 yards on nine carries. Quarterback Jordan Betham was just 1-of-5 for nine yards and an interception.
“Overall I think we played fairly well defensively but our offense put us in a bad spot,” Middlestaedt said, noting Cody Burgess had 10 tackles.
Emmons, meanwhile, ended up with 153 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Fickle added 15 carries for 104 yards. Quarterback Tyler Ruffer was 6-of-10 for 82 yards.
Lakeview will host White Cloud Thursday, while the Hornets play at Ferris State University Thursday against Big Rapids.