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Multiple Teams · Comets Beat East Lansing to Clinch 2nd Straight CAAC Blue Title

The Grand Ledge varsity football team improved to 6-0 in CAAC Blue play, clinching the Comets second straight league championship with a 31-28 victory at East Lansing Friday night.

Football v EL 1Grand Ledge jumped out to a 14-0 lead early and held on late to secure their seventh straight victory of the season.

The Trojans closed to within three points with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter but junior Cal Riggs and the Grand Ledge offense made sure it was the last time EL would have the ball.

Riggs led the Comets on the ground with 76 yards on 17 carries including some very big first down runs late to ice the game.

Football at East Lansing 17Junior Nolan Bird was impressive though the air, completing 18 of 31 passes for 243 yards and two scores. After East Lansing cut the Comets lead to 24-21 midway through the fourth Bird found Nate LaLumia from 21 yards out which proved to be the winning score.

Cal Johnston led the way for Grand Ledge with 100 receiving yards on five catches.

Grand Ledge got off to a great start on the road, marching down the field after taking the opening kick and scoring when Bird dropped in a perfect pass to Dominic Guzman for a 20-yard touchdown. Guzman did a great job catching the ball and staying in bounds to make it 7-0 Comets.

Football at East Lansing 6East Lansing fumbled the ensuing kickoff return and the Comets wasted no time taking advantage of the turnover when Antonio Rush found the house from one-yard out and a quick 14-0 GL lead.

After a Trojan score the Comets answered again with a 4-yard run by Jacob Umholtz to push the lead to 21-7 at the half.

East Lansing scored on their first possession of the second half but again, Grand Ledge answered, this time Dillon Ross splitting the uprights from 33 yards out to push the advantage to 10.

Grand Ledge had a balanced offensive attack with 440 yards total, 197 coming on the ground.

The Comet defense only allowed 22 rushing yards on the night. Zach Willoughby led the way defensively with five tackles and an interception.

Umholtz added 66 yards rushing on 17 carries while LaLumia finished the night with 63 receiving yards on four receptions.

Grand Ledge can finish the CAAC Blue undefeated next week with a win at home against rival Holt on Senior Night. The Rams are coming off an solid victory against Jackson and will bring a 4-4 record into the contest.

East Lansing falls to 4-2 in the league and 4-3 overall.