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By Jeff Steers
JTV Sports

(September 10, 2022 8:13 AM) The Northwest High School varsity football team may be changing its tune when it comes to performances on the football field.

Last year could be described as the Miranda Lambert song “Somethin’ Bad About to Happen.”

NWHS running back Izayiah Hawes said the Mounties are going to change those lyrics in 2022.

The Mounties are 2-0 to begin the season with Hawes and an improved offensive line as a big factor. Hawes rushed for 353 yards and four touchdowns in the Mounties opening wins.

Northwest rushed for nearly 400 yards in the opening game this season.

“We have a better line so we can run the football,” Hawes said. “Against Gabriel Richard we called the same play three times in a row and were successful each time.

“Teams haven’t been able to stop our offense.”

Hawes has also seen a rebirth in the football program with new Coach Stafford Newsome, a teacher in the district.

“A lot of student-athletes knew Coach Newsome (as a teacher) and like him,” Hawes said. “There is a chance as we have something new.”

Hawes said a number of seniors have rejoined the football program. There is also a “bandwagon” effect in the stands at Northwest High School.

“The crowd we had for Gabriel Richard last week was bigger than last year’s homecoming crowd,” Hawes said. “I don’t know all of the people in the crowd, but they know when No. 10 is on the field something is about to happen. They trust you enough to believe in you. 

“It gets the adrenaline pumping.”

Hawes runs at breakneck speeds in practice and is genuinely excited to play the game with his friends at NWHS.

“I have been playing football for most of my life … it is fun for me,” Hawes said. “I enjoy practices and hanging out with my friends. 

“You are with your friends all the time.”

Hawes joined the wrestling team last year at the urging of a friend to stay in shape for track. He plans to continue the sport this winter.

In the spring, Hawes competes on the Mounties’ track and field team. He would like to play college football next fall.

“I hope I can go to college and play football … I already have one roster spot,” Hawes said. “I am looking to improve my chances at other schools. 

“I think I can play Division 2 if I work hard enough.”

Hawes can surely make it in the classroom with a grade point average above 3.5. He is a National Honor Society student, is a member of the school’s concert choir, and volunteers to mow yards for seniors in the area.

Highlight game

Western 64, Pennfield 0

Western High School running back Alex Trudell (4) looks for a block during a home game Friday against Battle Creek Pennfield.

It was appropriate that Western High School celebrated Military Appreciation Night on Friday against Pennfield.

The Panthers had a precision offense and a stealth defense in a 64-0 win over Pennfield.

Western improves to 2-1 overall, 1-0 in the Interstate-8 Conference with the home victory.

Pennfield is 0-3 overall, 0-1 in the I-8. 

The game started at 4 p.m. as a lack of referees again almost postponed a local high school football game. The Panthers agreed to a 4 p.m. kickoff and the officials from the game then traveled to Lumen Christi for a 7:30 kickoff.

It didn’t matter what time the game started for Western. The Panthers were hitting on all cylinders, scoring 49 points in the first half against Pennfield.

Caden Oliver scored on a 5-yard run at the 6:58 mark for the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

Gibson French picked off a pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown less than two minutes later for Western. 

Following a Pennfield fumble recovered by Luke Teachout, the Panthers scored on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Oliver to Caleb Rudd for a 20-0 lead.

French scored his second touchdown of the game on a 49-yard run just before the end of the first quarter.

Hunter Fullerton scored on an 8-yard run early in the second quarter for a 34-0 lead.

Oliver scored his second touchdown of the game on a 35-yard run at the 5:14 mark of the second quarter.

Owen St. Andrew and Landon Heavy combined for a safety on defense for Western late in the second quarter.

Nicholas Griffin scored on a 2-yard run just before halftime for Western. 

Defensively, Western held Pennfield to less than 100 yards in the win. 

The Panthers will host Lumen Christi next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff on homecoming night. 

 Scores and highlights

Dylan Zaborowski

Columbia Central 34, Onsted 20: The Golden Eagles earned its first win for new Coach Dylan Zaborowski with a rivalry win at home on Friday. CCHS improves to 1-2 with the win, 1-0 in the Lenawee County Athletic Association.

CCHS snapped a 15-game losing streak with the win. Ty Farmer ran for 135 yards and caught passes for 47 more yards. Cody Richardson ran for 122 yards for the Golden Eagles and threw for 102 yards. The Golden Eagles will travel to Clinton for a 7 p.m. kickoff next Friday. 

Andrew Stockton

Grass Lake 41, East Jackson 0: Andrew Stockton ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns as Grass Lake improved to 2-1 on the season. Braeden Lape threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Jack Reid led the defense with nine tackles. East Jackson is now 1-2 on the season. The Trojans will host Manchester next Friday at 7 p.m. while Grass Lake will travel to Hanover-Horton next Friday at the same time. Caleb Weaver finished with 50 rushing yards for East Jackson. 

Addison 48, Hanover-Horton 39: The Panthers improved to 2-1 on the season with a pair of 200-plus yards rushers in the win. Spencer Brown ran for 211 yards and Keelan Mullin finished with 203 yards as the Panthers ran for nearly 500 yards in the contest. Mullin finished with three touchdowns and Brown and Joe Clark both scored two times. Luke Soper threw for 225 yards and three scores for Hanover-Horton (1-2 overall). Logan Blackledge had a huge game with 145 receiving yards and a touchdown and Graham Gumper caught two touchdown scores for the Comets. The Comets will host Grass Lake on Friday and Addison will travel to Michigan Center for a 7 p.m. kickoff next Friday. 

Chelsea 17, Jackson 0: The Vikings held Chelsea – the defending state champions in Division 4 – scoreless in the first half with a solid defensive effort. Aamar Harrell and Cyron Stamper both had interceptions for the Vikings in the first half. The Vikings will travel to Ypsilanti for a 7 p.m. kickoff next Friday. 

Joe Lathers

Hastings 24, Lumen Christi 21: The Titans are 0-3 for the first time since Richard Nixon was president. Lumen Christi had trouble stopping the Wing-T offense of Hastings. Hastings led 16-14 at the end of the first half. The Titans scored on runs of 3 yards by Derrick Walker and 1 yard by Joe Lathers in the first half. Walker ripped off a 40-yard score to begin the third quarter, but Hastings scored on its next possession to take the lead for good. Lumen Christi stopped the rushing attack of Hastings three times in the fourth quarter, but could not push another score over the line. Walker finished with 97 rushing yards and the two scores. Connor Dancer finished with four catches for 36 yards for Lumen Christi (0-3 overall, 0-1 I-8). The Titans will travel to Western next Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown. 

Michigan Center 48, Bronson 20: The Cardinals earned its first win of the season with a crossover win against Bronson of the Big Eight Conference. The Cardinals had more than 500 yards of offense as Hunter Clemons had five receptions for 100 yards and three touchdowns, Adrien Putnam was 20-for-24 for 380 yards and five touchdowns, and Kyran Lane finished with six catches and 148 yards and one score. On defense, Lukas Howard, Braylen Brown, and Lane each recorded interceptions for the Cardinals. The Cardinals will host Addison next Friday at 7 p.m. for a Cascades Conference battle. 

Harper Creek 28, Northwest 0: Harper Creek stopped the running game of Northwest in the Interstate-8 Conference win. JR Morrow ran for 37 yards and passed for 89 yards for Northwest. Adam Haselius finished with six tackles and Jeremiah Wheeler tallied four tackles and a sack for Northwest (2-1 overall, 0-1 I-8). The Mounties will host Pennfield next Friday for a homecoming game kickoff at 7 p.m. 

Homer 42, Springport 6: The Trojans improved to 2-1 overall with the Big Eight Conference win while the Spartans are 0-3. The Spartans will travel to Napoleon next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff while Homer will travel to Quincy next Friday. 

Maple Valley 65, Vandercook Lake 0: Maple Valley earned its first win of the season while the Jayhawks are 0-3 overall. Vandercook Lake will host Britton-Deerfield on Thursday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. 

Peter Moore

Hudson 22, Hillsdale 0: Hudson High School held Hillsdale to 67 rushing yards on the night. The Tigers are 3-0 overall and Hillsdale falls to 1-2. Peter Moore ran for 36 yards for Hillsdale. The Hornets will host Blissfield next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. 

Union City 6, Jonesville 0: The Comets fall to 0-3 with the loss. Jonesville will host Bronson for homecoming next Friday at 7 p.m. 

Lakewood 40, Leslie 20: The Blackhawks fall to 0-3 with the loss on Friday. Leslie will host Olivet next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. 

Olivet 44, Stockbridge 8: The Panthers are now 0-3 overall with the loss. Stockbridge will host Lincoln on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Saturday games

Concord at Morenci 7 p.m. 

Napoleon at Manchester 7 p.m. 

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