The 2012 CAAC Blue Grand Ledge campaign bus is heading straight down the road towards several potential “Bumps in the Road” as head coach Matt Bird’s team controls its OWN destiny.
The Comets first “bump in the road” happened at East Kentwood, in its season opener, when the favored Comets failed to overcome mistakes before falling to the Falcons.
That loss was the first and only of the season for the Comets as they’ve rolled smoothly to victories in the past five weeks over Holland West Ottawa, Okemos, Lansing Sexton, Jackson and last week’s latest victim, Lansing Eastern.
Grand Ledge celebrated its homecoming with a lopsided 56-14 win over the Quakers.
Grand Ledge added points nearly as quickly as the Federal deficit, scoring 14 in the first quarter and adding 28 more in the second quarter to make a Quaker recovery nearly impossible to accomplish.
In the first quarter senior Ben Cornell raced for 23 yards for a touchdown before junior tailback Joe Reverman rolled up his blue collar sleeves and scored from 14 yards out.
Senior Bradlee Taylor boomed all eight extra points for the night, giving him a 30 of 32 attempts record and two field goals to boot.
Reverman wasn’t done for the night as he added another score on a 6-yard run early in the second quarter.
Junior Marq Adams added the fourth touchdown of the night on a 45 yard break away run.
Reverman added another on a 42-yard run and Cornell his second on a 3-yard run.
Before the half ended the Comets were in complete control, 42-8.
If the offense wasn’t adding enough points, the defense added its own credit to the scoreboard when junior Keefer Johnson stepped in front of a Quaker pass and returned it 37 yards to pay-dirt.
In the final quarter junior Tyler Vincent smashed over from 1-yard out to close the scoring just before Taylor’s extra point.
Reverman gained a whopping 148 yards on just 10 carries, a 14.8 yards per carry average and keeping him near the top of the rushing leaders in mid-Michigan.
Cornell added 66 yards on just five attempts and Adams lone touch of the ball was his 45-yard score.
Vincent got a few touches and gained 14-yards with his five carries.
Again the Comets rolled up yardage on the ground with 258 yards on just 21 caries.
Junior quarterback Jalen Brady wasn’t needed though the air but was one of two through the air, hitting senior Cam Warstler for six yards.
Cornell tossed three passes and completed one to senior Connor Anderson for 17 yards,.
The Comets defense was penny pinching tight as they allowed just 93 yards on the ground on 23 attempts and 175 through the air, with the majority of those yards on two plays.
Senior Charlie Kreager also intercepted a pass for the homecoming crowd, his second pick of the year.
Marq Adams led the defense with five tackles while Johnson closed with four. A number of players made three stops including sophomore Dillon Techentin, senior Nick Verran, senior Ben Bedard, Johnson, senior Jacob Quain, senior Matt Meatty, sophomore Jonathon Dobie and senior Devante Dear.
Now comes the Comets final home stretch before the playoffs, with one win needed to qualify for post season play, over undefeated Lansing Everett, tough East Lansing or our biggest rivalry, Holt.