It was an offensive battle Thursday night between the Grand Ledge and Jackson Freshmen football teams. But when it was all said and done, the Comets did enough to hold on for the 35-32 win.
It was Grand Ledge who drew first blood in the opening minutes of the game when Carlos Schaffer ran in for the first 6 points of the night. Schaffer also found the end zone a few possessions later and with Nick Dionise splitting the uprights, Grand Ledge was up 13-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Midway through the 2nd quarter Jackson scored on a 63 yard pass and the score was a tight 13-6 heading into halftime.
In the 2nd half it was Dionise who scored first on a fumble recovery. Then quarterback Alex McCready connected with Zach Willoughby on a 50 yard pass to widen the lead to 27-6. Jackson wouldn’t go down without a fight and came back with 20 unanswered points making it a 1 point game with just 10 minutes to go in the 4th. Jackson went ahead for the first time in the game on their next possession on a rushing touchdown, but with a failed extra point the score was just 32-27.
This time it was the Comets who refused to give up, and with just 4 minutes left to go in the game, McCready again connected with Willoughby to put Grand Ledge up for good. Callahan Riggs ran in for the 2 point conversion bringing the score 35-32.
Grand Ledge’s defense held the on suing Vikings and the Comets were able to celebrate the win in the end. Leading the defense were Nathan Nelson with 7 tackles, Peter Smith 6, Dominic Kalush and Ethan Auge had 5 each and Nick Dionise had another 4.
Grand Ledge will have another battle next Thursday when Lowell comes for a visit. Game time is at 4:30.