2017-09-14 / Sports

Hornets fall to Brandon after hot start

Tommy Plunkey of Kearsley races toward the sideline during last Friday’s game against Brandon.By Sports Sta ff

KEARSLEY – The Kearsley football team opened the game with an 89-yard rushing touchdown by Tommy Plunkey to lead 7-0 but were then held scoreless for the remainder of last Friday’s 35-7 loss to Brandon at home.

Plunkey opened the scoring with an electrifying run that was followed by a successful extra point by Dakotah Doman, but Brandon would answer back two minutes later with a touchdown and extra point, leaving the first quarter tied at 7-7. Brandon would then score once more in the second, twice in the third and once in the fourth to secure the win.

Kearsley was out-gained in total yards with 344 to 417 from Brandon. Jacob Kunkel was 12-for-27 with 168 yards through the air for Kearsley and Plunkey was 3-for-5 with 17 yards passing while rushing for 121 yards on 10 carries, scoring once. Kunkel had 32 yards rushing on 14 carries. Gavin Etson led the team in receiving with five catches for 57 yards. Roberto Rose had two receptions for 55 yards, Plunkey had four receptions for 36 yards and Ta’veon Harris had 28 yards receiving on three catches.

Defensively, Etson had 11.5 tackles to lead the Hornet defense. Kunkel had seven, Malik Davis had four and Plunkey and Marcelis Collins each had 3.5.

Kearsley, 1-2, travels to Holly tomorrow. – A.V.

ATHERTON: The Wolverines’ slow start to the football season continued, as Atherton failed to pick up its win on Friday, falling to Hamady 41-6. Quarterback Ray White struggled once again, passing 6-of-15 for 110 yards and two interceptions, his fourth and fifth on the year. He also threw for one touchdown pass. Tony Herron, Jr. was White’s major target this week and the only sign of life on offense for Atherton. Herron, Jr. caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also intercepted a pass on the defensive side of the ball.

DeMarcus Bush led the Wolverines in tackles with 13. Drelan Curry and Jera Wickets has eight tackles apiece.

Atherton, 0-3, travels to Beecher, 1-2, Friday at 7 p.m. — J.O.

BENDLE: The Tigers hosted New Lothrop on Friday in one of their toughest tests of the season. The results was the opposite of what Bendle had hoped for in a 40-0 loss. The stats of the contest were not reported prior to press deadlines.

Bendle, now 1-2, travels to Genesee on Friday. – B.P.

BENTLEY: The Bulldogs came out on the losing end of Friday’s match-up against Beecher, falling 36-14. Nathan Nanney scored both touchdowns for Bentley.

“Although we fell short of a win, we are still pushing to get better as a team,” said Bentley coach Andre Weathers. “We are very close to turning the corner.”

Jimmy Williams led Bentley in rushing with 71 yards on eight carries. Nanney had eight carries for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mantrecce Bryant added 31 yards on 12 carries. Grant Gooch led the Bulldogs defensively with five tackles and Mandre Bryant and Harry Carlquist added four apiece.

Bentley, 0-3, is at New Lothrop, 3-0, on Friday. – K.R.

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