While the stats were even on paper, the scoreboard showed a different sign as the Coldwater Cardinals dominated the time of possession and the Harper Creek Beavers in a 35-13 victory. The traveling Beavers fell to the Cardinals for the first time in 22 years and 4-3 on the season. For Coldwater, they return to the playoffs for the second straight year after making their first appearance in school history in the playoff era.

Junior quarterback Luke Beckhusen led the Cardinals' ground game with 127 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns. The three starting running backs in Coldwater's Wing-T, Colton Covert, Sam DeMeester and Spencer Burns, each scored a touchdown on the ground, as the Cards ran for 273 yards.

Senior Jake Bishop scored on a 1-yard scamper following his 64-yard dash for the Beavers. His 97-yard, eight-carry night led the Harper offense in a losing effort. Zach Wilson would score on a 45-yard play late in the fourth quarter, part of his 83-yard night.

The Beavers now have to win their final two games to lock up a spot in the MHSAA playoffs. They host the Marshall Redhawks next week to conclude their Interstate 8 Conference schedule.

Friday, October 10th
Game of the Night
Coldwater 35, Harper Creek 13
Coldwater 6-1 (5-1 Interstate 8) - Harper Creek 4-3 (4-2 Interstate 8)

Mattawan 13, Battle Creek Central 6 (BC Central 4-3)
Lakeview 52, Loy Norrix 21 (Lakeview 5-1)
Charlotte 39, Pennfield 36 (Pennfield 2-5)
8-Man Football - St. Philip 39, Waldron 8 (St. Philip 6-0)

Jonesville 42, Athens 14 (Athens 1-6)
Climax-Scotts 59, Bellevue 12 (Climax-Scotts 7-0, Bellevue 1-6)
Kalamazoo United 31, Bronson 13 (Bronson 0-7)
Delton 20, Parchment 8 (Delton 4-3)
Bangor 46, Galesburg-Augusta 21 (Galesburg-Augusta 3-3)
Gull Lake 25, Kalamazoo Central 0 (Gull Lake 3-4)
Grand Rapids South Christian 48, Hastings 24 (Hastings 0-7)
Quincy 36, Homer 28 (Quincy 5-2, Homer 6-1)
Maple Valley 58, Stockbridge 52 (Maple Valley 2-5)
Marshall 27, Jackson Northwest 15 (Marshall 2-5)
Olivet 22, Leslie 6 (Olivet 6-1)
Union City 41, Reading 34 (Union City 7-0)
8-Man Football - Burr Oak 66, Tekonsha 28 (Tekonsha 1-6)