The Grand Ledge varsity football team wasted no time getting after the East Lansing Trojans in their CAAC Blue opener, scoring 34 straight points to open the game en route to a 48-13 home victory.
The win came in front of a big home crowd on hand for the Comets’ annual Fallen Hero’s game, where GL football honors the memory of soldiers who have lost their lives serving our country.
The Comets got a huge night on the ground from senior Jacob Umholtz who finished the game with four touchdowns. Umholtz rushed for 174 yards on 22 carries including a 65-yard sprint to the house that pushed GL in front 13-0 midway through the first quarter.
Umholtz’s score came after Grand Ledge jumped in front 6-0 on a great scramble from quarterback Nolan Bird. Bird rolled right and threaded the needle from 13 yards out for the games opening score.
Umholtz added second quarter scoring runs of four and three yards to push GL in front 27-0 before Nick Crouch intercepted a Trojan pass and scored for a pick six and a 34-0 Comet cushion.
Bird hit Dominic Guzman in the third quarter for a 50 yard pass play and score before Umholtz added his fourth TD, this one a six yard run.
The Comet defense limited the Trojans to only 13 total yards rushing in a dominating performance.
Bird had an efficient game under center, completing 9 of 13 passes for 106 yards and a two scores.
Grand Ledge (2-1) hits the road for a big CAAC Blue game against 3-0 Lansing Sexton on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.