Chippewa Hills dismantles Newaygo, 42-7, for key CSAA victory

Warriors put CSAA Gold Division on notice with win over Newaygo

NEWAYGO — Chippewa Hills and Newaygo each came into Friday night’s Central State Activities Association (CSAA) matchup with perfect 3-0 records, but at the end it was the Warriors that put the rest of the CSAA Gold Division on notice with a 42-7 road victory over the Lions.

PUSHING THE PILE: Chippewa Hills’ Quentin Gossett (center) drags a slew of Newaygo defenders with him during Friday’s Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division contest against Newaygo. The Warriors rolled to a 42-7 victory to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in CSAA Gold play. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

PUSHING THE PILE: Chippewa Hills’ Quentin Gossett (center) drags a slew of Newaygo defenders with him during Friday’s Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division contest against Newaygo. The Warriors rolled to a 42-7 victory to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in CSAA Gold play. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

The game started out as an evenly-matched stalemate, with both sides trading possessions in between the 40-yard lines for a majority of the opening quarter. Chippewa Hills quarterback Hunter Conley finally opened things up on a 28-yard completion to Quentin Gossett on a wheel route on third-and-long to get the Warriors into Newaygo territory.

Conley capped the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown on a sneak up the middle and the extra point gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead with just 13 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Lions fought back on the next possession, converting on a fourth-and-one before Jack Boyd found Matt Milbourne on a 21-yard completion to keep the drive rolling. However, on another fourth down in Warrior territory the defense stepped up with Eric Russell sacking Boyd to give Chippewa Hills the ball on their own 13.

A big completion from Conley to Kedrick Adams kicked off the drive and a personal foul against the Lions moved the Warriors to midfield. A long run by Gossett set up an 8-yard strike from Conley to Austin Issette. The extra point gave Chippewa Hills a 14-0 advantage with 2:16 to play in the half.

The Lions had solid field position as time ticked down, but John Wixson made a diving interception on the Newaygo logo at midfield to send the Warriors into halftime with the two-score lead over the Lions, who were celebrating their homecoming.

“We kind of ruined their homecoming,” Conley said. “We were pumped that it was homecoming for them. We just wanted to ruin it.

“They kind of hammered us the last few years, so I’m glad we kind of hammered them back,” he continued. “That was a good win.”

Newaygo rallied in its opening drive after homecoming festivities at halftime, with Boyd putting his squad on the board for the first time since beating Reed City in Week 3 on a 1-yard touchdown run. Reo Heinzman added the extra point, making it 14-7 with 6:26 to play in the third.

Wixson, who lead the defense all night, answered the Lions’ touchdown with a big kick return out to the Newaygo 42. The Newaygo defense gave up a few long runs, but held on forcing the Warriors into a 4th-and-7 on the 28. Conley dropped back and found Issette for the second time from 28 yards out. The extra point was good, giving the Warriors a 21-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Warrior defense continued to stifle the Lions’ offensive attack, with Brendan Barry and Marcus Guerrero making big tackles to force Newaygo into another long fourth down in its own territory. The Lions ran a fake punt, but Russell sniffed it out, dragging Boyd down behind the line of scrimmage to give the Warriors the ball on the Lions’ 10.

“These guys just love playing football,” Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose said. “They do things that, honestly, we don’t coach in practice. A play breaks down and we’re just bringing the heat and just going after kids. It’s fun to be a cheerleader sometimes when they’re doing that stuff.”

Conley added his third touchdown pass a few plays later, finding Mike Todd on a slant on the left side from 5 yards out for the score. With the extra point, the Warriors took a 28-7 advantage with 6:24 left in the contest.

The Lions tried to create more offense as they turned their attacks to the air, but Slade Todd jumped in the passing lane to pick off a Boyd pass and returned it down to the Newaygo 20.

Conley found Mike Todd once again, this time from 15 yards out. The extra point made the lead 35-7 with 3:41 to play, giving Conley four touchdowns with over 150 yards passing on the day.

“(Conley’s) day was huge,” Jose said. “He got knocked on his butt on almost every one of those touchdowns and just threw a perfect strike…Our receivers were able to do enough and made great catches.”

The Lions tried to mount one last effort, but were forced to punt with less than a minute to play and the snap sailed over Heinzman’s head, allowing Caleb Martin to scoop it up and score to cap off the CSAA victory, 42-7, for the Warriors.

Issette and Mike Todd both had two receiving touchdowns in the contest while Gossett and Guerrero each chipped in nine carries apiece. Slade Todd and Russell led the way on defense, each with eight tackles in the win.

“Our defense was key,” Jose said. “No doubt about it. Holding them to seven points? Are you kidding me? That’s huge. It absolutely kept us in the game…Our defense has won every game for us this year…People say defense wins championships, and if our defense keeps playing like that we have a shot.”

The Warriors (4-0, 2-0 CSAA Gold) look to stay perfect as they host Tri County on Friday night.

CHIPPEWA HILLS 42, NEWAYGO 7

CH     07  07  07  21 – 42

NW    00  00  07  00 – 07

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

CH — Conley 2 run (XP good), :13

Second Quarter

CH — Conley 8 pass to Issette (XP good), 2:16

Third Quarter

NW — Boyd 1 run (Heinzman kick), 6:26

CH — Conley 28 pass to Issette (XP good), 4:23

Fourth Quarter

CH — Conley 5 pass to Mike Todd (XP good), 6:24

CH — Conley 15 pass to Mike Todd (XP good), 3:41

CH — Martin fumble recovery (XP good), :52

Individual Statistics

Rushing: Chippewa Hills 20-97 (Quentin Gossett 9-48, Marcus Guerrero 9-41, Tony Simon 2-8)

Passing: Chippewa Hills 13-155 (Hunter Conley 13-24-155-4-0)

Receiving: Chippewa Hills — Mike Todd 4-32, Gossett 1-28, Austin Issette 6-66, Kedrick Adams 2-29

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