MHSAA

Another week is in the books.  The season is past the half way point and some teams are still riding high at 5-0.  There were lots of good games this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and we had a game each day.  Even Spartan Nation’s head football coach Mark Dantonio was at one of the games.  Unfortunately (for me at least) Hondo and I picked the games and now we are dead even in our “pick the games” segment in our weekly chats on Spartan Nation Radio.  Guess I’ll just have to do a better job picking games.  I guess Hondo is Bad To The Bone!

Detroit

Detroit Catholic Central 27 Warren DeLaSalle 7

In the 66th annual Boys Bowl, host Detroit Catholic Central prevailed.  Coach Tom Mach got his squad up early and took a 20-0 lead into the half.  When his boys came out of the locker room, they went on a 20 play, 11 minute drive.  On that drive, they converted multiple third downs and two fourth downs even though they had multiple major penalties.  That feat was able to be accomplished because of the great blocking of senior center Jordan Gates and senior guard John Lawless.  Fullback Justin D’Agostino toted the ball 18 times for 80 yards.  Anthony Darkangelo ran 11 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns.  Justin Messner gained 78 yards on nine carries.  On the defensive side of the ball, the Shamrocks held DeLaSalle to 42 total yards in the first half.  DCC is a very physical team and teams need to be ready for war when they line up across the field from a Tom Mach coached team.

Mid Michigan

Ithaca 42 St. Charles 6

It may have been all knotted up 0-0 at the end of the first quarter, but it didn’t stay that way for long.  With all the jitters and butterflies gone, Ithaca quarterback Alex Niznak did what he has done for the past two years; play very well and complete passes.  Niznak found Charles Schnetzler for a three yard touchdown score.  Those two hooked up again in the quarter for an eight yard score.  On the night, Niznak completed 2o of his 23 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns.  Garrett Miniard ran 10 times for 37 yards and two touchdowns.  Six different Yellowjackets caught a football and Luke Capen led the way with eight catches for 160 yards, including a 51 yard touchdown strike.  On the St. Charles side, Tyler Larsen ran 17 times for 88 yards and completed three of his nine passes for 25 more.  The lone Bulldog touchdown came on a Parker Davenport 33 yard touchdown pass to Zac Henniger.

North

Ishpeming 40 Norway 8

I’m sorry I don’t have more info on this game, but I just couldn’t find anything other than it was a lopsided victory.

West Coast

East Grand Rapids 21 Grand Rapids Christian 14

The Pioneers of East Grand Rapids started out strong and finished strong, but a fourth quarter comeback scared them a bit.  They opened the game with an 80 yard drive in 13 plays capped by a David Drummond six yard touchdown run.  Drummond ran the ball on nine of those 13 plays and gained 60 yards.  On the game, he had 26 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown.  EGR had great field position all night while GRC had to start deep in their territory.  Quarterback Ryan Elble completed seven of his 12 passes for 105 yards.  Trent Voss ran 33 yards to pay dirt in the fourth quarter before the Grand Rapids Christian comeback.  For Grand Rapids Christian, quarterback Matt Grasmeyer completed 15 of his 31 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Pott.  Grasmeyer also ran in a score from the four yard line.

Capital Area

Lansing Catholic 36 Williamston 34 (OT)

I wasn’t at the game so I can’t confirm this, but I heard that Mark Dantonio was at the game in a golf cart and was able to see his daughter win homecoming queen.  We all know how much Coach Dantonio values family and I bet this was really special to him because the heart attack allowed him to see his daughter win.  He wouldn’t have had a chance to be there otherwise.   Not only did Dantonio win, but her school, Lansing Catholic, came through with a victory as well.  Cooper Rush completed 21 of his 35 passes for 226 yards and two fourth quarter touchdown passes.  The Cougars missed the opportunity to win it in regulation when the extra point was no good with only 20 seconds left, but found the W in overtime.  Rush also ran 14 times for 75 yards and a touchdown.  Andrew Robeson scored in overtime and punched in the two point conversion.  Robeson finished with two touchdowns.  The defense was able to defend Williamston’s two point conversion attempt in overtime and get the victory.  Williamston’s Corbin Austin rushed 13 times for 133 yards.  Quarterback Dylan Schultz completed six of his 16 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns (both to Tyler Watters – three receptions for 77 yards).