Orchard View wins third straight, holds on to beat Muskegon Heights, 25-24

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The Orchard View football squad held on to defeat Muskegon Heights 25-24 on Saturday in a Lakes 8 Conference game.

The Cardinals are now on a three-game winning streak and improved to 3-4 on the season, while Muskegon Heights dropped its record to 3-4 on the year.

Orchard View led 7-0 after the first quarter, 19-8 at halftime and had a slim 19-16 advantage heading into the final stanza.

The Cardinals opened the scoring on a five-yard run by Jayden Day with 3:57 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

Orchard View increased its lead with a pair of rushing touchdowns by Thomas Shawl from two and 18 yards away, respectively, to take a 19-0 advantage.

The Tigers responded with 1:03 left in the second quarter to cut their deficit to 19-8 on a 13-yard rushing touchdown by Terrance Williams.

Muskegon Heights added an 11-yard touchdown reception by Arlester Sims from Williams and a two-point conversion with 4:33 left in the third quarter to make the score 19-16.

The Cardinals increased their lead to 25-16 with 10:20 left in the fourth quarter on a six-yard completion from Edmari Mitchell to Shawl.

The Tigers responded on a 13-yard scamper by Williams along with another two-point conversion to cut their deficit to 25-24, but ran out of time to gain the lead.

Orchard View was led by Mitchell with six completed passes for 94 yards and a touchdown while Shawl caught all six passes for 94 yards and a score.

Williams paced Muskegon Heights with 117 rushing yards on 16 carries while throwing for 41 yards on five completions.

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