Warriors Fall to Napoleon in District
The Warriors football season came to an end last Friday night with a hard fought loss to the Napoleon Pirates. The final score of 42-21 does not accurately reflect the intensity of the game.
Joe Bechtel Athletic Complex was packed to the brim Friday night for the District Title Game. It was truly standing room only as both Warrior and Pirates fans filled the seats and lined the fencing around the field.
Grass Lake was able to keep the score close most of the game. The score at half time was 20-14 in favor of the Pirates. Grass Lake came out after the half and drove for the go ahead touchdown to take the lead 21-20.
By the forth quarter the Pirate rush was on as Napoleon banged in 22 unanswered points. The Warriors were stonewalled by the swarming defense of the Pirates and had no answers. Ending the season 9-2.
The 2016 season will go down into the books as one to remember. Our boys of fall clamed the Cascade Conference championship and the Big Eight Crossover championship trophies this year. Additionally, 9 Warriors were named to the all conference team.
Some of the individual stats for the season that helped the team succeed:
Jonathan Lutchka had 126 completions, 1813 yards and 20 TD’s
Jarrod Henry had 40 receptions for 614 yards and 10 TD’s,
Haden Cockream had 24 receptions for 544 yards with 7 TD’s.
Luke Coppernoll had 186 rushes for 1051 years for 16 TD’s
Danny Vucolo added 569 yards on the ground and 5 TD’s
On defense the Warriors were lead by:
Zach Forman with 135 total tackles.
Brent Lockridge tacked on another 96 tackles.
Mike Moletz totaled up 15 quarterback sacks.
As always the Boys in Blue made all of Grass Lake proud to be Warriors and helped make our Friday nights under the lights special. In a world that continually changing and getting more and more complicated it sure is nice to still have small town Friday night football to help bring people together. Thank you for the thrills boys. Until next time……… GO WARRIORS!!!
Photos by Scott Bray