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Muskegon Catholic Central downs Mona Shores

(WZZM) - The Crusaders of Muskegon Catholic Central made the short trip to Mona Shores to face the Sailors in the season opener.

The Sailors have never made the playoffs in school history. They came close last season, needing to beat Kenowa Hills in the final game to reach the six-win threshold, but they fell just short. Mona Shores looking to make 2010 the year.

MCC held a 22-12 lead early in the second half. They faced a fourth down and one and were denied by a stout Mona Shore defense.

Heading to the third, MCC's Bryant Westra found Jason Ribecky on a crossing pattern and he would be off to the races. A 75-yard touchdown pitch and catch.

The Crusaders put the game away in the fourth. Damon Armstron went 41 yards to paydirt.

The Crusaders sink the Sailors, 38-12.

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Montague Wildcats devour Orchard View Cardinals 32-19

(WZZM) With the second longest winning streak in the state, Montague faced Muskegon County rival Orchard View in the season opener.

Pat Collins is back for his seventh season as head coach, but he's one of the few faces returning from the two-time defending division 6 state champions. The Wildcats return just three starters on offense and defense. All-state quarterback Cody Kater is now playing college football at Cincinnati.

Questions about his replacement wouldn't linger for long as Montague looked to win their 21st game in a row.

Orchard View took their opening drive deep into Montague territory, but the Wildcat defense got a key fourth down stop.

Kater's replacement, Travis Cockerill, went to work right away finding Brandon Moore on a slip screen. He picked up 45 on the play. Cockerill would finish what he started finding Steven Murdoch on a three-yard touchdown pass to put his team up 6-0.

Big Reds lose to Macomb Dakota

MACOMB, MI (WZZM) - The Muskegon Big Reds opened their 2010 football season at Macomb Dakota on the road.

The Cougars led 13 to 7 in the second half when the Big Reds tried to stage a comeback through the air.

Quarterback Kavonta Keys capped the drive with a deep bomb to a wide open Todd Mitchell, which tied the game at 13.

But in the fourth, Brandon Hughes scored from three yards out to top the Big Reds 23 to 20.

This was Shane Fairfield's debut as Muskegon's head coach.

Second Stop The Violence Rally held in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -A diverse crowd of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights residents joins for a common purpose at the Elk's Charity Lodge in Muskegon.

"I just want to see these kids go down a different path of life instead of the one we took," said Christopher Thomas.

"I stand before you to say that I am committed to stop this violence and stop it now."

In a over a month there have been numerous shootings resulting in four deaths on the Lakeshore.

"I don't know why. I don't think they know why," said resident Andrew Serner.

Communitiy leaders, parents, residents and former street kids each took turns at the microphone.

"We were in a gang.  We hustled we did everything that they are doing out here, but there was a turnaround in our life. We both went to prison.  We both lost something more important to us than we thought," said John Trotter.

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What's Happening: August 27-29

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - You can take in some art or you can celebrate polish heritage. There's several events going on this weekend.

Party in the Parking Lot to Strike Out Cancer is Friday at Park Lanes Bowling Alley in Wyoming. The event goes from 3 - 10 p.m.

Friday is the 27th Van Andel Institute Community for a Cure event. There will be a model car display, bowling, and a drive-in movie. Proceeds benefits cancer research.

The Polish Festival is Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle. Participants can enjoy authentic food, music and beer. The event it's free.

15,000 cars are expected to be at the 28th Street Metro Cruise. Just head over to Woodland Mall, Rogers Plaza and other host sites along 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade. The cruise is Saturday and Sunday.

Effort to bring tribal casino to Muskegon County hits roadblock in Michigan Legislature

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Plans for a new tribal casino in Muskegon County appear to have hit a legislative roadblock.

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, who operate a casino in Manistee, want to build a new gaming facility at the former Great Lakes Downs horse track in Fruitport Township.

The State House must first approve a compact amendment allowing the tribe to open the casino off its reservation.

A resolution for the compact amendment failed to advance in a committee Wednesday.

The House was on the verge of voting the bill down when its sponsor asked lawmakers to postpone consideration of the bill, a step that was approved.

Timberland Academy hosts a back to school bash for students

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- While many children dread the thought of going back to school, a West Michigan charter school is trying to drum up some enthusiasm.  Timberland Academy in Muskegon threw a back to school bash Wednesday afternoon. 

The party included a number of carnival favorites including inflatables and cotton candy.  The event gave the students a chance to enjoy summer one last time before class begins.

Principal Andre Johnson says, "It's very hard to get them in the frame of mind, especially when it's warm like this outside, and we still have some hot days in September, they're really wishing they were outside, playing at the beach or something during the summer."

Neighboring businesses also got to take part in the event.  Timberland Academy is chartered by Grand Valley State University.