Late heroics lead Cougars to upset of undefeated Mustangs

The Lakeshore Cougars were not supposed to win on Saturday.
Tribune Staff
Aug 5, 2014

Their opponent, the Muskegon Mustangs, was on 12-game winning streak and had handed the Cougars a 49-14 beatdown in Week 5.

But win is what Lakeshore did, as backup kicker Craig Halmon (Muskegon High School) hit a 15-yard field goal with 1 minute, 50 seconds left to help the Cougars to a 15-13 win. With the victory, Lakeshore secured a fourth seed in the upcoming Great Lakes Football League playoffs.  

The score was grid-locked at zero at the end of the first quarter on Saturday.

The Cougars drew first blood late in the second quarter, when starting quarterback Manny Hodges (Creston) found receiver Marcus Bradford across the middle of the end zone. After a botched 2-point conversion attempt, the Cougars were up 6-0.

The Mustangs responded by going into a hurry-up offense, driving 60 yards and punching in a touchdown before halftime. After tacking on the extra-point, the Cougars went into the half down 7-6.

Lakeshore reclaimed the lead in the third quarter when Hodges manufactured a drive that ended in a touchdown connection with Monta Swanigan (Ottawa Hills), who finished the day with six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Once again, the Cougars 2-point conversion attempt fell short, giving the squad a 12-7 lead.

The Mustangs responded, charging down the field to take a 13-12 lead.

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