A week after experiencing their first high school football setback falling to Portland, the JV Cougars started a new winning streak with a 48-13 victory over Fowlerville.
The game started with Fowlerville driving down the field, but Sam Edwards ripped the ball away from the running back and the offense was in business. At the 7:36 mark Zach Gillespie hit Edwards with a 52 yard strike, and after Griffin Hotchkiss hit his first of 6 extra points, LC lead 7-0. The next Gladiator possession also ended abruptly as an attempted crossing route was intercepted by Nathan Wilcox. A subsequent 33 yard catch and run, again Gillespie to Edwards, widened the lead to 14-0. The first quarter ended with Fowlerville again trying to flex some offensive running muscle. That plan was broken by two huge Michael Cherry sacks sending the Cougar offense back on the charge.
Gillespie found Nate Biergans for a 13 yard connection and the second quarter started with an expanded 21-0 lead. After another stop of the Gladiator offense, highlighted by several Will Gruber tackles, LC marched their offense back on the turf. A methodical drive started with an 18 yard slant pass to Wilcox, followed by two Gillespie runs, and finished with a 6 yard TD reception by Gruber. The Gladiators did show some grit and marched down the field to narrow the lead to 28-7 with 1:08 left in the half. The Cougars turned the momentum and scored on an amazing drive consisting of clock saving sideline passes to Wilcox and Edwards. The final play was a 30 yard scramble left by Gillespie and needle threading pass to Wilcox in the end zone!
Lansing Catholic came back out of the locker room and saw no change in their success with a 27 yard Gillespie to Hotchkiss TD pass preceded by drive sustaining runs from Biergans and Charlie Nylander. The teams traded TD’s with the final score coming from a 2yd TD run by Will Gruber setting the final at 48-13.
The 5-1 Cougars next travel to Ionia on Thursday, October 5th.