Warriors grind it out

REMUS — Chippewa Hills’ Cody Maneke’s 65-yard interception return for touchdown late in the third quarter Friday night solidified a 14-0 homecoming win for the Warriors against their rivals Big Rapids.

In a game dominated by each team’s defense, Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose said Maneke’s interception motivated his team for the final two quarters as the Cardinals’ drove several times into Warrior territory.

BUSTING THROUGH: Chippewa Hills' John Wernette eludes Big Rapids tacklers during his team's 14-0 victory. (Pioneer photo/Brandon Fountain)

“It was huge,” Jose said. “There was no momentum whatsoever, we were teeter-tottering back and forth with (Big Rapids). Everything swung toward our side. We had some tough situations their last two drives at the end.”

Big Rapids coach Mitch Cumings said he was very proud of his defense.

“They played outstanding and very hard,” he said, recognizing the 15 tackles by senior Derrick Defever and another dozen by sophomore Ty Lattimore.

“(Defever) has great leadership, great passion and great heart, and brings a lot of intangibles to the field,” Cumings said. “(Lattimore) is only a sophomore. We brought him up a couple of weeks ago, and he has the same type of passion (Defever) brings to the football field.”

The only scoring drive of the game came on the Warriors first possession in the opening quarter. Chippewa Hills drove 57 yards on short runs from John Wernette, Mark Miller and quarterback Austin Hollenbeck. The senior quarterback capped off the drive with a 3-yard-touchdown run. The Warriors missed the point after attempt, making it 6-0.

With the two teams trading defensive stops, the 6-0 lead by the Warriors changed on Maneke’s interception at 2:01 of the third quarter. The senior defensive end jumped to intercept Defever’s pass and raced down the field to paydirt. Jake Tarbell ran in the conversion, making it 14-0.

The score would hold up for the rest of the game, while the two teams struggled to mount a strong offensive drive. Toward the end, the Cardinals passing game was one play away from breaking it open.

Defever and Jacob Guild led the ground attack for the Cardinals. The senior quarterback had 21 rushes for 27 yards and also completed nine passes on 23 attempts for 99 yards and was picked off once. Guild added four rushes for 22 yards.

“It was an absolute defensive win for us,” Jose said after the game. “We knew coming in they were absolutely great defensively, and we knew we were going to have our hands full. They played great, and they took us out of the game offensively.

“Coach (Nate) Ethridge did a fantastic job game planning, and the kids did a great job executing,” Jose said.

The Warriors (4-2, 4-1) face Reed City next week.

Meanwhile, Cumings said the Cardinals (1-5, 1-5) next week’s homecoming game against Bay City John Glenn would

“We got to get back into the film room and put things into perspective,” he said. “Go back and coach yourself up and focus on your opponent.”


BOX 1 2 3 4 FINAL

Chippewa Hills — 6 0 8 0 14

Big Rapids 0 0 0 0 0



CH-Austin Hollenbeck 3 run (kick failed), 5:22


CH-Cody Maneke 65 interception (Miller conversion), 2:01


Individual statistics

Rushing: Big Rapids 20-75 (Defever 21-29, Jacob Guild, 4-22, Nick Baldwin 3-25, Jordan Joe Martinez 1-1, Straub 1–1,) Chippewa Hills 35-120 (Mark Miler 10-48, Johnny Wernette 19-45, Austin Hollenbeck 16-27)

Passing: Big Rapids 9-24-1-0 (Defever 9-23-1-99, Nick Baldwin, 0-1-0-0) Chippewa Hills 5-11-2-58 (Austin Hollenbeck (5-11-2-58)

Receiving: Big Rapids (Bobby Gilbert 2-28, Nick Baldwin, 5-51) Chippewa Hills (Justin Wernette 3-33, Cody Maneke 1-15, Anthony Dague 1-10)





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