Friday night shocker and Sunday Sadness

Marquette Redmen Football in Gladstone
Marquette Redmen Football in Gladstone

Marquette, MI – Friday night was an absolute slug-fest between the Gladstone Braves and Marquette Redmen. Marquette came out hot taking a 31-16 lead into halftime but could not hang on in the second half. Redmen running back Drew Gale rushed for four touchdowns and Alex Duvall came up with a huge touchdown late for the Redmen. The Braves put together a huge comeback on the arm and legs of junior quarterback Darin Johnson. Johnson led the Braves to an upset over Marquette, 46-45, to win on Braves Homecoming night for the first time since 2008.

The Detroit Tigers had a big series this weekend with the Kansas City Royals. Friday, the Tigers came out on top, Saturday was a different story. The Tigers blew the lead in the ninth by giving up 5 unanswered runs and lost 7-4. Sunday the Kansas City Royal bats came to life in the first inning recording a team cycle and knocking out Matt Boyd. The Tigers fought back but the Royals lead was too steep. The Tigers sit 1 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the final wild card position.

Doug Garrow stopped by to bring us up to date on Kraft Hockeyville USA and the activities coming to Marquette starting October 1st. Lakeview has been upgraded in many ways with the help of Marquette locals. The ice has been put down, the walls have been painted, the glass came in and tickets are being handed out. More information to come in the upcoming days.

Many moments in sports come for the good of the sports world, other times its heartbreaking. Sunday afternoon was a bit of a loss of words for the sport of baseball as Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was involved in a boating accident in which he and two others lost their loves. Jose Fernandez was twenty four years old and a rising star in the MLB. Jose was a remarkable human being and a tremendously gifted athlete. He leaves behind a wife and unborn child. All of our thoughts and prayers go out to Jose Fernandez, his family and the Miami Marlins organization.

Another death the rocked the sports world was the death of longtime golf pro Arnold Palmer. The Golf legend died Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh from complications of the heart. Arnold Palmer won seven major championships during his professional career, which spanned more than five decades. He won the masters four times, The Open twice and the U.S. Open once. Arnold Paler was 87.

The Green Bay Packers ended Sunday’s game against the Lions with a victory. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on five straight scoring drives in the first half. Jordy Nelson ended the game with two touchdowns and over one hundred yard receiving. The Lions had no answer on defense all game and never could recover from the deficit. Matthew Stafford tried bringing the Lions back on the final drive but fell short losing 34-27.

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