HESPERIA – After a high scoring affair with Hart left White Cloud with their first loss of the season last week, the Indians bounced back with a 28-7 win over Hesperia on Friday.

White Cloud’s defense stole the show. That defense took care of the Panthers’ offense to allow their own offense to score. Four separate Indians were above 10 tackles on the evening with Reece Johnson leading the way with 13 tackles and two sacks. Landyn McGowen had 11 tackles and a sack, Ashton Graham had 11 tackles and Connor Stockwell had 10 tackles.

The Indians did a nice job stealing possessions as well. Both Graham and Mason Cruzan recorded interceptions on Hesperia quarterback Brock Bolles.

Offensively, it was McGowen and Lloyd Sebright-Johnson who led the way on the ground. McGowen punched in two touchdowns on 79 yards rushing while Sebright-Johnson had 80 yards rushing and one score. Quarterback Jason Reuther was 5-for-10 passing for 71 yards and a touchdown to Dalton Crawford.

Hesperia took their second loss in a row and a change under center was not the answer this week. Bolles went 5-for-11 for 53 yards and a touchdown to Ian Fox, but his 2 interceptions added to Kohen Witte’s four from last week made six combined for the Panthers in a two-game span.

The Panthers were successful running the ball, however. Skyler Stalbaum took 17 carries for 103 yards while Blake Sayer had 27 yards on just four carries. Stalbaum also led the defense with 10 tackles.

White Cloud (2-1) travels to Kent City for a CSAA matchup with the Eagles on Friday.

Hesperia (1-2) will be on the road Friday as well for a tough test against North Muskegon.