STANTON — The first home game of the season for Central Montcalm’s football team was a big win.
The Green Hornets scored in many different ways in a 54-0 win over the White Cloud Indians on Thursday.
However it looked like Central (1-1) was going to struggle getting going. They got one touchdown in the first quarter on a Lucas Emmons 11-yard run.
“We started out really sluggish, really slow, which was a direct reflection of our week of practice,” coach Marty James said. “Out of sync, not a lot of energy on the practice field. It was a good lesson for us.”
But things got going in the second quarter on a nice 25-yard reception from Keegan James in which he laid out fully to catch the ball.
“SportsCenter highlight-reel stuff,” Marty James said of the catch.
That and a 34-yard interception return for a score by Jason Beckley energized the team, according to James.
Once Emmons scored on a seven-yard run to make the score 28-0 at halftime, the Hornets were in control.
“Our playmakers started making plays,” James said. “Our defense came through with Beckley’s interceptions return and we started racking up some turnovers.”
Third quarter touchdowns from James, Will Plavan and Jerry Heater put the game into the running clock.
“We wanted to try to have our guys that came in as reserves to have an opportunity to score and they did a good job,” James said. “The second team offense went down the field and scored a touchdown. Our defensive reserves preserved the shutout and did a good job of that. We wanted to get out of the game healthy and build some momentum going into the Big Rapids game.”
Keagan James was the offensive leader, accounting for 324 yards of offense and three TDs. He was 15-of-23 passing for 201 yards and two scores and ran 16 times for 123 yards and a score.
Jesse Judge caught six balls for 123 yards to lead Central’s receiving corps.
“We played very well offensively last week so we feel pretty good about our offense,” Marty James said. “It was nice to have our defense back on track. That’s where we wanted them to be.”
Central will face the Cardinals next week, and the coaches for the Hornets will get an extra day to prepare.
“I expect them (Big Rapids) to be a very good football team,” James said. “They were predicted at the beginning of the year to be one of the top teams in the league. We’re going to have to watch film and get ready. We have to keep the focus on us. We have to play for four quarters. We have to play well or we’ll find ourselves down. Now it’s a matter of getting a game plan together and getting ready to go.”