HOLT – Ba Blamo burst through the middle of the Holt defense for a 40-yard touchdown run the first time he touched the ball.
It was that kind of night for the Grand Ledge football team.
Blamo rushed for three touchdowns to help the Division 1 No. 7-ranked Comets capture the outright CAAC Blue title with a dominating 42-0 victory over Holt on Friday night.
“It means a lot, but right now we’re just going to enjoy the win and get our heads good for next week because we’ve got another strong opponent coming,” Blamo said.
“We had fun, but this is not the best (performance) yet. We’ve still got something in the pocket. We’ve got to keep working.”
Caden Evert also rushed for two scores and Cameron Collins caught a TD pass from Nolan Bird for Grand Ledge, which wrapped up its first unbeaten regular season since 2010.
“It’s funny. We didn’t really talk about wins or losses the whole way through and that’s what makes this group incredibly unique and so much fun to be around,” Grand Ledge coach Matt Bird said. “It feels pretty good though.”
The Comets contained do-it-all running back Trent Stone while preventing Holt from getting the win it needed to earn a share of the Blue title and automatically qualify for the postseason.
“It was a couple of early scores by them and not being able to get Trent rolling with the ball,” first-year Holt coach Chad Fulk said.
“Kudos to them stopping Trent. I think he was averaging nine yards a carry coming into tonight. They did a great job bottling him up.”
Grand Ledge (9-0, 7-0 CAAC Blue) scored on its first three possessions and rolled from there.
Brendan Baker and Malek Adams each had interceptions for Grand Ledge, which shut out Holt for the second time in four years. Friday’s victory was the most lopsided in the rivalry for the Comets since a 42-0 win in 1991.
“The kids, this whole week there was a focus and there was a drive to them,” Matt Bird said. “They just really bought into believing in each other and relying on the brother next to them and that’s big for 15- to 18-year-old kids to do that. It’s a testimony to our community, it’s a testimony to the youth league coaches that buy into the system. I’m just truly blessed to be apart of a phenomenal group of kids like that.”
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