Holly football

The Holly varsity football team is putting together a little win streak at the end of the season.

A week after beating Swartz Creek 37-7, the Bronchos (3-5) edged out Owosso by a 21-19 score Friday night.

Holly trailed 19-7 entering the fourth quarter, but scored the final period’s only two TDs to earn the victory. Kolten Steele scored on a four-yard run, cutting the gap to 19-14 after Ben Gramer’s second of three extra-point kicks. Then with less than two minutes remaining, Jacob Hild scored on a one-yard run, giving the Bronchos the 21-19 victory.

“It feels really good,” Holly varsity football coach Dallas Lesperance said. “These are the tough battles we learned we can win. Just like everyone we have had a rash of injuries. We were down five starters tonight and our top two receivers were down. Owosso is a tough team. … It was a great effort by our guys.”

Holly never had the lead until the final score. Owosso scored during the first quarter on a one-yard TD run. Holly tied it at 7-all in the second quarter when Ryan Morgan threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Sebastein Bemman. However, Owosso took a 13-7 lead into halftime after a 25-yard TD run. Owosso upped the gap to 19-7 in the third quarter on a five-yard TD run. However, the fourth quarter was all Holly.

Holly had 207 rushing yards and collected 17 first downs. Hild ran for 107 yards on 19 carries while Steele had 70 ground yards on 14 carries. Defensively, Steele had eight total tackles while Michael Aguilar and Luke Leighty had interceptions.

“I’m really proud of our two junior leaders, Kolten Steele and Jacob Hild,” Lesperance said. “Jacob had to come when our starting quarterback was hurt in the first quarter. Steele proves every week he deserves to be mentioned on both sides of the ball. If we need a yard, we go to (Steele).”

The Bronchos will have a challenge to end the season when Holly hosts Metro League Stars Division champion Goodrich Friday at 7 p.m.


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