STANTON – After shutting out their first three opponents this season, the Central Montcalm Hornets defense didn’t have an answer for the Manistee Chippewas Friday night.
Manistee scored 25 points against Central Montcalm, leading the entire game. The Chippewas held the Hornets to just two scores en route to a 25-14 win.
Undefeated no longer, the Hornets football team walked off the field with one less goal in sight.
“The only (goal) that’s not there is an undefeated season,” Hornets coach Marty James said. “We can make the playoffs, we can win the league.”
Manistee was the only non-conference opponent on the Hornets’ schedule, leaving an undefeated record in the Central-State conference still in-tact.
Trailing 13-0, the Hornets struck back in the second quarter on a 61-yard touchdown run by Lucas Emmons with 10:18 remaining in the second quarter. A successful 2-point conversion cut the Chippewas’ lead to 13-8, but that’s as close as the Hornets would get on the night.
“There really isn’t any getting over it,” James said. “I want it to sink in. I want them to learn.
It’s their homecoming. A lot of them are seniors and have worked very hard for this. This is a very good football team and they’ve won a lot of games in their high school career.”
Central Montcalm quarterback Tyler Ruffer was 3-of-16 passing for 37 yards. Emmons had 12 carries for 95 yards, Sam Rockafellow had 17 tackles and Trevin Nemeth made 11 tackles.
James said his team is now at a crossroads and the path they take is up to his players.
“Are they going to dwell on the past or are we going to move forward and press on toward the goals that are still available? They’re going to control their own destiny.”
After a six-yard dash by Ruffer for a touchdown made the score 25-14, Central Montcalm attempted to continue their rally after a blocked punt gave the Hornets a shot to make it a one-possession game with less than four minutes to play, but an interception on the ensuing drive ended any hope of a late comeback.
Central Montcalm (3-1, 3-0) will host conference opponent Reed City (4-0, 4-0) next week.