STANTON — Central Montcalm’s football team got a win on one of their bigger nights of the season.
The Green Hornets beat the Holton Red Devils 49-36 on homecoming Friday night, led by quarterback Keagan James.
“I thought offensively we were able to control the game on the ground,” Central coach Marty James said. “We had to throw the ball only when we needed to, which is always more comfortable as a coach. I was pleased with the way we played offensively.”
Keagan James accounted for 304 yards of offense and four of the seven touchdowns on the night. He ran for 200 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns and was 4-of-9 passing for 104 yards and a score.
“Teams know that Keagan had a lot of success on the ground last year,” Marty James said. “He hasn’t been able to get free this year so the other members of the team have stepped up in the backfield. He got loose tonight. If you can have your quarterback able to read the option, it makes it tough because you put a lot of pressure on the defense because they have to respect three phases of the game.”
James and Trenton Braman had two touchdowns each in the first half. Tyler McGuire had the other first-half score.
“Our option game was working very well,” Marty James said. “They shut down our dive back so Keagan got going. He made some nice reads and ran the ball well tonight. Our option game caused them some difficulties. We were able to get to the edge. So with the combination of the two we really controlled the game from the get-go.”
The only problem came in the fourth quarter, where the Red Devils scored 23 of their 36 points in those 12 minutes.
“Defensively we jumped on them (Holton) big and took our foot off the gas a little bit and they scored several late touchdowns,” James said. “We can’t take our foot off the gas.”
The leading receiver for the Hornets (3-2) was Logan DeYoung, who had only one reception for 68 yards.
Defensively Aaron Loew had nine tackles and James Fancett added seven.
Central will travel to Newaygo (4-1)for a league game against the Lions Friday.