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2018-09-12 / Sports

Indian Gridders Hang Tough with Harbor Springs

Chandler Galor at work blocking Jason Proctor. Chandler Galor at work blocking Jason Proctor. Big plays did not overcome unsustained drives as the Newberry Indians were on the low end of a 37—28 score and lost their third straight game, this time to the Harbor Springs Rams.

The Newberry fans had a lot to cheer about. After forcing the Rams to punt after three downs, the Indians struck first with a 70- yard touchdown run by Brandon Christiansen on Newberry’s very first play. Jaylen James ran the twopoint conversion to give Newberry an 8—0 lead at 9:38 of the first quarter.

Harbor Springs answered with a 59-yard drive that ended with a six-yard scamper by Jeed Damoose. Its conversion attempt failed, leaving the Indians in charge, 8—6.

James broke open down the right side of the field to score a 58-yard TD run. Christiansen added the two points to earn the Indians a 10-point lead with 1:42 left in the first.

Neither team moved the ball very well until halfway through the second quarter. James had picked off a pass to halt the Rams early in the second, but the Indians tried three plays and then had to punt.

Ram quarterback Grant Richardson passed to teammate Dave Harrell, completing a 55-yard touchdown. A two-point pass to Jackson Wells closed the deficit to 16— 14 .

Harbor Springs claimed the lead with a 91-yard touchdown run by Richardson, and another two-point pass to Wells got the Rams out to a 22—16 advantage.

Neither team scored for the rest of the first half.

The Rams jumped out to a 29—16 lead with a long 66-yard drive. Damoose scored from 11 yards out and added an extra point with a kick.

James got the hometown fans on their feet again as he took off on an 85-yard touchdown run with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter .

A 50-yard touchdown run by Wells and a two-point conversion by Brett Vandermus put the Rams ahead 37—22 halfway through the fourth quarter.

Newberry answered with a 10-play, 54-yard drive that quarterback Austin Troop finished, but the twopoint conversion attempt failed, leaving the Indians down by nine, 37—28.


Newberry total offense: Rushing with 42 carries for 330 yards and four TDs. Troop completed three for eight in passing for 45 yards and two interceptions. Ethan Edwards caught all three passes.

James ran 14 times for 194 yards and two TDs. Christiansen had 12 carries for 86 yards and one TD. Ivan Oswald ran eight times for four yards, while Anthony Seitz ran six times for 27 yards. Troop was sacked twice for a negative-three yards and one touchdown.

Harbor Springs: Richardson completed 10 of 14 for 161 yards and one TD, was sacked twice and had one interception. The Rams ran for 271 yards and scored four touchdowns on 41 carries.

Logan McCormick led the defense with nine tackles, while James had eight and one interception. Christiansen and Wyatt Garrett both had seven, Richard Nalette six, Josh Slaght and Edwards five each, Devin Carson four, Seitz three, Oswald, Steve Brown and Chandler Galor two apiece and John Caswell one.

The Indians punted five times and lost two possessions when they ran out of downs.

Newberry’s JVs also lost their third game, 46—0.

On Deck

The Gaylord St. Mary’s JVs come to Newberry this Thursday. The Indian Varsity travels to Gaylord on Friday.

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