Central Montcalm ready for first home football game

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 1:39 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2012

STANTON — New week, new opponent.

With that being said, the Central Montcalm Green Hornets will be looking to bounce back from a season opening loss a week ago. Chippewa Hills defeated the Hornets 47-32 last week.

The Hornets — who are alternating home and away games this year — will host the White Cloud Indians tonight. White Cloud lost to Hesperia 45-0 last week.

Keagan James led the Hornets with 212 yards passing and 103 yards on the ground. He scored four times in the high scoring game.

“We played hard and continued to fight for 48 minutes. Our kids never gave up,” Central Montcalm coach Marty James said. “There were several times where we got down two scores and responded with tough, physical drives.

“I was very pleased with our passing game and overall offensive production for a first game,” he added.

White Cloud has won just three games in their last three seasons of play. They did not field a varsity team in 2010 due to a lack of numbers.

James said his team is not taking anything for granted.

“White Cloud is hungry for a win. They are very aggressive and play hard,” James said. “They have a big quarterback that throws and runs well. Defensively, they are quick up front and run the ball very well.”

As for the Hornets, James said they will be fine if they play their game.

“We are going to stick with our philosophy,” he said. “We need to take care of us and play our game no matter who the opponent is. If we do that, we will be OK.”

Not counting 2010 when the Indians did not field a team, the Hornets have won the last three matchups by a combined score of 143-0.

The Hornets defeated White Cloud last year 55-0 on the road.

Central Montcalm is at Big Rapids on Sept. 7.

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