2018-09-10 / Sports

Broncos remain undefeated on Patriot Night

By Brandon Pope
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com

North Branch’s Nathan Farnsworth carries the ball upfield in Friday’s win. Photo by Kylee Richardson North Branch’s Nathan Farnsworth carries the ball upfield in Friday’s win. Photo by Kylee Richardson NORTH BRANCH — The North Branch football team continues its spectacular season, improving to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 with a 63-35 win at home over Yale on Patriotic Night on Friday. Military Veterans were honored both before and after the game and the Broncos wore special commemorative uniforms that were then passed out to the veterans that were being honored..

“I think it is a great night for North Branch,” said North Branch coach Jeremy Ferman. “It allows our kids to take a second out of their busy lives to show respect and gratitude to those who have served and those who are currently serving. It is great when our community and our kids can come together to celebrate something significant like this.”

I am very proud of our kids for wanting to do this tonight,” added athletic director Jim Fish. “They have been excited for this game since the idea was introduced. It has taken many hands to pull this together tonight and I would like to credit in particular Silinia Horne, who fostered this idea and coordinated the entire program. Our band members, cheerleaders, and football team are excited to be recognizing special veterans in their lives.”

North Branch’s offense wasted no time accumulating points, starting off with a 66-yard touchdown run from Christian Coy. After a missed extra point, Yale grabbed the lead, its only of the game, on an 11-yard touchdown pass.

Josh Boyne’s two-yard touchdown and successful twopoint run gave the Broncos the lead back, which they upped by the end of the first frame. Coy rumbled for the 13-yard score, and then in the second quarter, caught a 21-yard touchdown from Gerrid Rutledge.

Yale tried to draw closer, connecting on another touchdown pass, this one from 32 yards out. However, Coy found pay dirt once again on a 6-yard run. A 52-yard touchdown pass for the Bulldogs helped keep them in the game, but Coy just couldn’t stop running. He scored again on a 10-yard run with 38 seconds remaining in the half, but that wouldn’t keep Yale from adding points heading into the break. The Bulldogs miraculously connected on a 64-yard scoring strike just 18 minutes later to trim the Broncos’ lead to 42-28 at the half.

Yale then got it within one score early in the third on a 26-yard touchdown, its final points of the night. Gerrid Rutledge crossed the goal line on an eight-yard run before Coy did it yet again from two yards out. Dylan Maxwell’s 11-yard scamper put the final points on the board.

North Branch accumulated 688 yards of offense on 69 plays. Rutledge was 6-for-8 for 149 yards and a score, while Coy carried 29 times for 307 yards and five touchdowns. Boyne racked up 19 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown and Nathan Farnsworth hauled in two receptions for 61 yards. Farnsworth also led the defense with eight tackles and Taylor Miller added seven.

The 3-0 Broncos will face a tough test at Almont next Friday.

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