In this Week 3 battle, we saw everything in a rivalry game - toughness, athleticism, hard-nosed hits and everything in between. In what could have been a runaway game for the Lakeview Spartans, the Battle Creek Central Bearcats clawed their way back in the fourth quarter to take the home victory 35-27 Friday night.

The Bearcats (1-2) trailed for a better part of the game but were close at the half, down 14-12. After the Spartans scored twice in the third quarter to make it 27-12, BCC forced two turnovers in the fourth and turned them into touchdowns. A long Bearcat drive and two-point conversion made it 27-20, followed by a forced turnover and another score. Central would convert another two-point opportunity to make it 28-27. Senior Brandon Randle would then strip the Spartans of a comeback chance, returning a 32-yard fumble for the final score. Randle would also score the go-ahead touchdown for the Bearcats.

Senior Cyntell Williams also scored twice on runs of one- and two-yards for Central. Senior Dennis Watson in his first start at QB ran for 93 yards on 21 carries.

The Spartans (1-2) received 138 yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Dre Kemp on 23 carries. The fleet-of-foot Jay'Vion Settles would also score for Lakeview on a 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.

Here are the rest of the scores, including a blowout victory for St. Philip, and tough losses for Harper Creek and Pennfield in Interstate 8 action.

Game of the Night
Battle Creek Central 35, Lakeview 27
BC Central 1-2 (1-0 SMAC East) - Lakeview 1-2 (0-1 SMAC East)

Jackson Lumen Christi 20, Harper Creek 17 (Harper Creek 1-2)
Coldwater 35, Pennfield 8 (Pennfield 1-2)
St. Philip 50, Tekonsha 6 - 8-Man Football (St. Philip 3-0, Tekonsha 1-2)

Union City 60, Athens 18 (Union City 2-1, Athens 0-3)
Colon 36, Bellevue 28 (Bellevue 0-2)
Parchment 52, Bronson 6 (Bronson 0-3)
Climax-Scotts 65, Adrian Lenawee Christian 6 (Climax-Scotts 3-0)
Delton 21 Constantine 18 (Delton 2-1)
Gobles 56, Galesburg-Augusta 0 (Galesburg-Augusta 2-1)
Mattawan 17, Gull Lake 7 (Gull Lake 1-2)
Hastings 49, Hamilton 12 (Hastings 2-1)
Homer 32, Concord 30 (Homer 2-1)
Lake Odessa-Lakewood 35, Maple Valley 12 (Maple Valley 0-3)
Marshall 41, Parma Western 13 (Marshall 2-1)
Olivet 36, Perry 6 (Olivet 2-1)
Jonesville 12, Quincy 6 (Quincy 1-2)