(9-12-21) Both Niles and Brandywine opened their seasons with two wins, all of those wins came on Thursday nights. So on Friday night the Vikings and Bobcats both came away with a loss…both were not easy to digest.
Niles Coach Scot Shaw told the South Bend Tribune after the loss to the Eddies –
“We just right now turned the page on Edwardsburg. We’re looking ahead. We’re not going to dwell on this one. In fact, we’re not going to even watch the film on this one because there’s nothing we can get out of it for any benefit. We’re going to come back in Monday and get ready to go for the rest of our season. I don’t know if we can win out, but I think we have a chance to be in every game we have left. From here on out, everybody is sorta equal.”
Very wise words from a Hall of Fame Coach after a 61-7 loss, along with possibly losing his top running back Colin Hess to an early game injury.
Niles, a first year member of the Wolverine Conference, has had just four winning seasons in the past 35 years. Next Friday the Vikings will host Three Rivers (2-1), who beat Otsego 34-27 on Friday night.
1 2 3 4 – Final
Edwardsburg 27 20 7 7 — 61
Niles 0 0 7 0 — 7
E — Connor Ostrander 5 run (Trevor Houseworth kick).
E — Jacob Walker 30 run (Houseworth kick).
E — Logan McColley 41 pass from Jacob Pegura (Houseworth kick).
E — Pegura 14 run (kick failed).
E — Brett Allen 5 run (Houseworth kick).
E — Patrick Szlanfucht 1 run (Houseworth kick).
E — Zach Bartz 15 run (kick failed).
E — McColley 92 kickoff return (Houseworth kick).
N — Dan Gaya 1 run (Ezra Vance kick).
E — Szlanfucht 54 run (Houseworth kick).
Plainwell 3-0 (3-0)
Edwardsburg 2-0 (3-0)
Vicksburg 2-0 (3-0)
Paw Paw 2-1 (2-1)
Three Rivers 2-1 (2-1)
Niles 1-1 (2-1)
Dowagiac 0-3 (0-3)
Otsego 0-3 (0-3)
Sturgis 0-3 (0-3).
Friday, Sept. 17 schedule
Three Rivers at Niles, 7 p.m.
For Brandywine they lost in a non-conference game to Saugatuck 42-20, they had plenty of opportunities but fell just short.
Brandywine Coach Mike Nate told the Niles Daily Star after the game –
“This was a tough one, but it wasn’t our night. It was Saugatuck’s game tonight, so give them credit. We need to rebound, and we need to have a good week of practice and get ready for another really good team in Sand Creek. It’s not getting any easier, but we knew that when we saw the schedule. We have a tough schedule, but that is a good thing because it will make us better.
Bright spots for the Bobcats was Michael Palmer who continued to run well with 20 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns, on defense he had six tackles. Blake Krueger completed 11-of-19 passes for 132 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Conner Dye caught four passes for 77 yards and Owen Hullett had two catches for 23 yards and a touchdown.
The Bobcats will try to rebound on the road next Friday when they play Sand Creek (2-1)…who beat Pitsford on Friday 44-12.
1 2 3 4 - Final Saugatuck 0 14 14 14 – 42 Brandywine 0 6 8 6 – 20
S – Sidney Greenwood 6 pass from Brogan Kelley (Declan Rewa kick)
S – John Hartgerink 30 run (Rewa kick)
BW – Michael Palmer 31 run (pass fails)
S – Steven Neely 7 pass from Kelley (Rewa kick)
BW – Owen Hulett 11 pass from Blake Krueger (Palmer run)
S – Benjamin Drew 4 run (Rewa kick)
BW – Palmer 1 run (run failed)
S – Benjamon Diaz 82 kickoff return (Rewa kick)
S – 80 interception return (Rewa kick)
BERRIEN-CASS-ST. JOSEPH CONFERENCE
Berrien Springs 0-0 (3-0)
Brandywine 0-0 (2-1)
South Haven 0-0 (2-1)
Buchanan 0-0 (1-2)
Friday, Sept. 17 schedule
Brandywine at Sand Creek, 7 p.m.