Chippewa Hills wins physical battle with Grant 27-7

Chippewa Hills senior running back David Spedowski cuts through Grant’s defense Friday night. Spedowski would go on to net nearly 300 yards on the ground and three touchdowns en route to a 27-7 win. (Pioneer photo/Brandon Fountain)

REMUS – The only thing warmer than Friday night’s temperatures was Chippewa Hills’ David Spedowski.

The Warriors’ senior running back amassed 298 yards on the ground, while adding three touchdowns in the 27-7 homecoming win over Central States Activities Association Gold Division foe Grant.

Coupled with two huge defensive stops in the second half – a goal line interception by Trent Esch in the third quarter and stuffing the Tigers on fourth-and-goal from the three in the fourth quarter – got their offense back on the field.

“Those were huge stops for us,” Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose said following the game. “Both times we stepped up and answered the call.”

Following a scoreless first quarter, the Warriors’ offense struck early in the second quarter as Mitchell Kuzma cradled a 10-yard reception and broke through three Grant tacklers on his way to the end zone. Receiving the ball back with a 6-0 lead, Spedowski rattled off run after run, and capped off a drive with a 10-yard touchdown run and added two more points on the conversion, giving the Warriors a 14-0 lead.

While Grant threatened on their ensuing possession, Spedowski broke through for an 86-yard-touchdown run at 3:30, putting the Warriors up 20-0 at halftime.

With Grant threatening in the third quarter from inside the five-yard-line, Esch snatched a Trent Throop throw ending the Tigers’ drive. On the Warriors’ next play from scrimmage, Spedowski zig-zagged through Grant’s defense and rumbled 85 yards to paydirt. A successful point after gave the Warriors a 27-7 lead they would not relinquish.

“(Spedowski) had a great game,” Jose said. “A lot of credit goes to the offensive line, the receivers blocking down field and David for making the plays.”

Jose said Spedowski experienced some exhaustion from the game.

“I may have gotten a little greedy there with the play calling,” he admitted. “Our guys played well and we made some mistakes we’ve got to work on.”

Grant coach Darren Geraghty said playing both Reed City and Chippewa Hills in consecutive weeks hasn’t changed his team’s resolve.

“We had to face the two powerhouses in our conference in two straight weeks,” he said. “We don’t make the schedule, so we’ve got to get right back to work. We’ll be looking at film (Saturday) morning and getting ready for next week.”

At 3-2 on the season, Geraghty said there is a lot of time left for the team to reach its goals.

“We have some great coaches who are trying to change the culture here, and they’re doing a great job,” he said. “The kids are working hard and playing hard.”

For the 4-1 Warriors, next week’s opponent is rival Reed City.

“We know them very well,” Jose said. “We have to better in everything we do. No matter how much film our guys have watched, we’ve got to be better. No matter how much our guys have looked at blocking schemes, they’ve got be better. No matter what they are doing, when we face Reed City, we’ve got to be better.”

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