High school football is quickly coming to an end for many seniors.  With Week Seven in the rearview mirror, many will only play in two more games.  Some will be lucky enough to make the playoffs.  Others will get to play out a dream; participating in the MHSAA Football State Finals.  Like you’ve heard me say a million times, go to that local school and watch a game.  Most only charge $5 to get in and that’s less than some value meals at McDonald’s.  These players and coaches work extremely hard to put the best team on the field they can and deserve our support.  On to last week’s action!

 

Mid-Michigan

Mount Pleasant 52 Bay City Western 49

This game came down to a last second field goal attempt by Bay City Western.  Fortunately for Mount Pleasant, it fell short and the Oilers won their 30th consecutive Saginaw Valley League game and the football championship banner.  With a score as high as it was, you better believe some players put up huge numbers.  For Mount Pleasant, quarterback Ryan Elliott completed six of his 14 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ran six times for 24 additional yards.  The workhorse for them was Michael Tweh, who ran 36 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns.  Colton Odykirk caught three passes for 101 yards and two scores.  Bay City Western’s quarterback, Austin Pichiotino was very impressive in the loss.  Although he missed the first series on offense and defense (undisclosed violation), he came in and completed 29 of his 40 passes for 374 yards and SEVEN touchdowns.  When he pulled the ball down and ran with it, which he did 19 times, he gained another 74 yards.  His favorite target was Nick Vachon, who caught ten passes for 191 yards and two scores.  Tyler Kuch and Chris Baba also caught two touchdowns.  The two teams finished with a combined 864 yards.

 

Capital Area

Lansing Catholic 49 Portland 24

It was a good weekend for Lansing Catholic quarterback Cooper Rush.  He was named homecoming king and led his team to a CAAC White championship.  They scored three times in the first quarter and never looked back.  Cooper Rush completed 28 of his 37 passes for 393 yards and six touchdowns.  Receiver Matt Macksood caught ten balls for 109 yards and one score.  Connor Bartlett caught seven for 129 yards and a score.  Jack Swain caught six passes for 98 yards and scored on three of them.  Adam Babcock led the team in rushing yardage with two carries for 22 yards.  For Portland, things just didn’t go the way they had hoped.  Quarterback tanner Alex Haik completed three of his 10 passes for 41 yards and ran 20 times for another 151.  He had one rushing score and one touchdown pass.  Andrew Barr toted the rock 18 times for 90 yards and a score in the losing effort. 

 

Detroit

Walled Lake Western 18 Walled Lake Central 11

This win gave the Warriors of Walled Lake Western the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division title and kept their record clean.  It all came down to a touchdown scored by fullback Alex Buchanan from three yards out with 27 seconds remaining.  After WLC took the lead 8-3 on quarterback Zac Leimbach’s one yard plunge, Western’s Josh Jones returned the kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown.  Leimbach finished with 124 rushing yards. 

 

North

Whittemore-Prescott 33 Lincoln Alcona 6

It was a close game at the half.  W-P led by a score of 12-6.  The second half is where the Cardinals did their damage.  Running back Anthony Bell ran for 157 yards and two scores on 14 carries.  Quarterback Tyler Janish completed five of his nine passes for 173 yards and two scores and also ran in a touchdown.  For Lincoln Alcona, their lone touchdown came on a fourth down jump ball.  Quarterback Robbie McGuire gained 88 yards through the air.  Brock LaVergne caught five passes for 70 yards and the lone score.  Nathan Fettes gained 40 yards rushing.

 

West Coast

Schoolcraft 50 Delton-Kellogg 6

Sometimes, you get three yards and a cloud of dust.  Other times, your running game comes alive and you just bury your opponent.  That’s what happened Friday night in Schoolcraft.  Quarterback Bill Hunt completed six of his ten passes for 101 yards and ran twice for 66 more and two scores.  Blake Zemek rushed ten times for 108 yards and score.  Seven different people carried the ball and five of them scored in the winning effort.  The defense held Delton to 93 total yards for the game.  Quarterback Adam May completed only one of his seven passes for five yards and tossed an interception.  He did score the Panther’s only touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 32 yard run.  Nick Brindley carried 10 times for 49 yards to lead all offensive output for Delton.