Local Sports Journal

It’s been a tough season thus far for the Montague Wildcats, but they made up for it in a big way Friday with a wild 56-34 victory over Whitehall in the annual “Battle of White Lake.”

Montague improved to 3-2 while Whitehall dropped to 0-5.

The Wildcats amassed more than 500 yards in total offense, with Chris Carroll rushing for 277 yards and Wyatt Ford adding 211.

Ford had four touchdowns for Montague, with scoring runs of 63, 18, 48 and 57 yards. Carroll added three touchdowns, including a 70-yard scoring run.

“There were a lot of big plays that made the football game more like a track meet,” said Montague coach Pat Collins. “There were more than 1,000 yards of offense between the two teams.

“They kept coming back at us, but our offense was able to keep rolling. We still have plenty of things to work on, but our improvement every week has us excited.”

Montague only led 7-0 after one quarter and 21-14 at halftime. But the Wildcats pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring their rivals 28-14.

Jacob Buchberger added one touchdown for Montague while Alex VanVleet had four receptions for 93 yards.

Cameron Brayman led the Wildcat defense with 16 tackles and Ben Rupert had 15.