Local Sports Journal

Grant coach Jim Stickney is excited for next week’s Lakes 8 showdown at Fruitport.

The Tigers will head to Fruitport for a battle between the unbeaten league leaders

“I always told our kids we have to be a better football team to compete with (the Trojans),” Stickney said Friday night after the Tigers turned back Fremont 21-14 in their homecoming game.

Grant (3-2, 3-0) stayed unbeaten in the league thanks to Brandon Bouwkamp’s 11-yard scoring run with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter. The score was set up by Riley Foster’s fumble recovery at the 3:50 mark.

“I thought we scored too quickly,” said Stickney, whose team had two touchdowns called back. “We had opportunities, due to our mistakes, taken away from us. I’m proud of the kids for bouncing back when we were behind.”

The game was tied at 14-14 at halftime.

Quarterback Christian Wade scored both Fremont touchdowns on runs of 11 and 1 yard. Fremont rushed for 159 yards, with Wade leading the way with 63 yards. Jared Smith also had 51 yards for the Packers.

Grant’s first-half scores came on Coty Atwood’s 37-yard fumble recovery and Bouwkamp’s 8-yard run. Bouwkamp led Grant’s rushing attack with 79 yards on 19 carries.

Stickney also cited the play of Riley Foster for impressive punt returns that gave the Tigers good field position and Andrew Dent for his interception and strong tackling.