For the tenth consecutive season, the Schoolcraft Eagles downed the Galesburg-Augusta Rams in football. Schoolcraft won Friday’s week three contest 42-0 at home, getting six touchdowns between five different players.
The scoring started on Schoolcraft’s opening drive, going 71 yards on eight plays with four first downs. Reilly Puhalski punched it in from 18 yards out. After forcing a quick punt, the Eagles scored again, this time on a 34-yard scamper from Kobe Clark. A two-point conversion from quarterback Brady Flynn to Puhalski made it 15-0, which held through the first quarter break.
G-A’s second drive showed promise, getting just outside the red zone on 11 plays, but ended in a turnover on downs early in the second quarter. Both teams then punted, with Puhalski taking his return 80 yards to the end zone. The Rams got near the red zone once again, but a deflected pass led to a Mark Phelps interception. Schoolcraft pushed to the red zone but were denied on a turnover on downs, keeping the score at 22-0 into halftime.
Galesburg-Augusta began with the ball in the third, but were forced to punt after five plays. Jack Hunt picked up a 30-yard rushing touchdown on the ensuing Schoolcraft drive for a 29-0 advantage. Reserves entered the field in the fourth quarter with additional rushing touchdowns from Mark Melching (21 yards) and Trenton Lomason (17 yards). A missed extra point on the final touchdown put the final tally at a more conventional 42-0.
Despite not coming in until late, Lomason led the Eagles with 103 rushing yards on 9 attempts. Hunt tallied 102 on 13 runs. Both teams only had four pass attempts with both completing just one, giving Flynn 35 yards for Schoolcraft and Max Landers 16 for the Rams. G-A’s Abner Snyder had a solid effort, rushing for 84 yards on 15 tries.
Schoolcraft improves to 2-1 and travels to Saugatuck next Friday. Saugatuck also sits at 2-1 and went 10-1 last season. Galesburg-Augusta drops to 1-2 and travels to Delton Kellogg in week four. D-K is 1-2 and had a 4-5 mark in 2016. In both cases, it will the first matchup of the year against a SAC divisional foe (Valley for Schoolcraft, Lakeshore for Galesburg-Augusta).
Listen back to Friday’s game below:
Listen live online Friday at 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Schoolcraft Eagles host the Galesburg-Augusta Rams for week three of the high school football season. Both are members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, although unlike the previous two seasons, they are now in different divisions. With the dissolution of the Central division, Schoolcraft plays in the Valley division and Galesburg-Augusta plays in the Lakeshore division.
Both squads have started the season 1-1. Schoolcraft opened with a 41-0 shellacking of Fennville, then suffered their first regular season loss since 2014 in a 27-14 defeat at Berrien Springs. Galesburg-Augusta dropped their opener 24-7 at Union City, but bounced back in their home debut on a 27-6 victory over New Buffalo.
Schoolcraft advanced to the postseason in eight consecutive seasons. Nine seasons ago, the Eagles began their series with the Rams and Schoolcraft has won all nine meetings convincingly. Galesburg-Augusta’s lone win against Schoolcraft came in their one other meeting back in the 1990 postseason. The Rams have built up momentum for their program, fresh off last season’s 5-4 campaign for their first winning season since 2000.
Listen live online to Friday’s game on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff set for 7 p.m. from Roy Davis Field in Schoolcraft.