Cedar Springs to host neighboring Tri County Friday
UPDATE: Cedar Springs triumphed over Tri County 33-6.
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks could be a smokin’ team this year, and fans are looking forward to a matchup with neighbor and long ago rival, Howard City Tri County on Friday at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium. The last time the two played was in 1983.
To celebrate the game, the boys and girls cross country teams from both schools will run the ball from Tri County to Cedar Springs via the White Pine Trail. They will get a police escort into the back of the stadium once they hit 17 Mile around 6:30 p.m. They will enter the stadium about 5 minutes before game time. After they are introduced they will present the game ball to the football captains.
Cedar Springs Athletic Supervisor Autumn Mattson came up with the idea. “I know that Belding and Greenville do it, and thought it would be an awesome way to kick off the season, and also to showcase the cross country team,” she explained. Mattson said she spoke with officials at Tri County and they liked the idea also.
Cedar Springs has only played Howard City Tri County twice since Sand Lake and Howard City merged in the early 1960s. They played them in both 1982 and 1983, for the last game of the season, when they were part of the Tri River Conference. Cedar Springs lost 14-0 and 20-15, respectively. Prior to that Cedar Springs faced Howard City in 1954 and 1955, winning 60-0, and 64-0, respectively, when they were part of the Newaygo County conference. They did not face Sand Lake in the 1950s or 1960s, though they did play both Sand Lake and Howard City in earlier years.
Prospects for the Red Hawks look good this year, with 15 returning starters, including top running back James Putnam. They also have a group of JV players that won the OK Blue last year, and now have moved up to varsity.