Wildcats rally for late victory over rival North Muskegon

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The Montague Wildcats escaped a scare Friday night as they stayed undefeated to beat North Muskegon in a West Michigan Conference thriller 28-24.

The Norsemen led 24-21 with under six minutes to play, but Wildcat running back Johnny Monette found the end zone from five yards out to give Montague the lead 28-24 with 5:24 to play.

The Norsemen jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, as John Hayhurst ran in from two-yards out for the first score of the game and Gabe Rahrig connected on a 29-yard field goal.

It took awhile for either team to get anything on the board in the second quarter, but Drew Collins was able to find the end zone for the Wildcats to get them on the board, trailing 10-7, with 3:06 to play before the half.

Collin Schotts scored for North Muskegon with 43 seconds to spare in the half, breaking out for a 55-yard touchdown run to extend the lead back to double-digits 17-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Dylan Everett returned the kick 87 yards to the house to flip the momentum, as the Wildcats pulled within 17-14 at the half.

Collins scored from a yard out late in the third to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 21-17.

Hayhurst answered early in the fourth with a one-yard-run of his own to put the Norsemen back on top 24-21.

With five minutes left in the game, Monette’s scamper put Montague back in the lead for good.
Monette led the Wildcats on the ground with 130 yards on 24 attempts including the game winning
touchdown. Collins had 90 yards on the ground on 17 carries with two scores.

Hayhurst completed six passes for 115 yards while adding 53 yards on the ground to go along with two scores. Schotts led the Norsemen offense with 87 yards on eight carries and one score.

Montague moves to 3-0 on the year and 2-0 in the WMC, while the Norsemen fall to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

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