Hello once again everybody!  Another week is through.  Were you able to make it out to a game this past Friday?  If you consider practice before the season began, we are past the half-way point of the regular season.  In five weeks, the pre-district round of the MHSAA football playoffs will begin.  It’s amazing how quickly this season has been rolling by.  For me, it seems like just a few days ago that I was wishing August would arrive so football season could begin.  There was plenty of great action across the state last week; everything from Brother Rice’s first ever home game to some big comebacks.  With that said, let’s review the action from this past Friday (and Saturday).

 

Mid-Michigan

Reed City 30 Morley-Stanwood 24

This was a big of a surprise for me.  I figured that Reed City was good, but I didn’t know they were that good.  Reed City running back Garrett Benson scored three times.  He got two touchdowns on the ground and also caught a score.  The biggest play of the game was late in the 4th quarter.  There was 3:30 left on the clock when defensive back Chad Samuels picked off a pass as Morley Stanwood was about to enter the red zone.  On the next play, Samuels took the handoff and raced 70 yards for the game winning score.  Morley-Stanwood Quarterback Travis Zajkowski completed nine of his 15 passes for 99 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.  Adam Wheeler led the squad in rushing with 116 on 18 carries.  Tyler Hanks caught five footballs for 61 yards and also ran for 66. 

 

North

Cedarville 13 Engadine 12

It was not a pretty night for Cedarville quarterback Bob Krackowski.  He tossed five interceptions.  For the game, he was 12 of 27 for 117 yards. Krackowski also scored on a pick-six that went 85 yards to pay dirt and on a sweep right for the game tying touchdown (before the extra point was attempted and made).  Kaden Barbeaux nailed the extra point attempt to get the lead.  For Engadine, they also turned the ball over five times and were stopped on fourth down an additional three times.  Frisch completed 8 of his 13 passes for 199 yards and four interceptions. 

 

Detroit

Rochester Adams 23 Oak Park 13

This game was a tough, physical game between two good squads.  In the end, the Highlanders were able to pull out a victory.  Quarterback Tony Annese ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns while also completing four of his six passes for 84 yards.  Oak Park quarterback Denzel Wright scored both of his team’s touchdowns in the first half.  They took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for the score, eating up nearly every second of the first quarter.  David Jagow scored the other touchdown for Rochester Adams.

 

Capital Area

Grand Ledge 21 Okemos 6

The first half featured a lot of defense.  It wasn’t until 21 of the 24 first half minutes and clicked off before someone got on the board.  Okemos quarterback Jonny Bolas hit Brycen Sorber for a 32 yard touchdown.  Nine second later, on the ensuing kickoff, sophomore Joe Reverman returned the kick 94 yards for a score.  Sophomore quarterback for Grand Ledge Jalen Brady scored on a one yard run three minutes after the break.  Okemos quarterback Jonny Bolas completed six of his 15 passes for 66 yards.  He also ran 14 times for 41 yards.  Brady completed nine if his 14 passes for 96 yards in the winning effort.  Josh Bachert led the Comets in rushing with 21 attempts for 74 yards.  Receiver Blake Dahlstrom caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.