Have you attended a high school football game lately? They are not only a lot of fun, but they are inexpensive entertainment. Make that trip back to your alma mater. Go see that high school down the road. Take a road trip and see a top notch game between two very good squads. I’m sure many of us played high school sports, and we remember the rush of looking into the stands and seeing a full house. Last week was another quality week of football. Teams are starting to make a playoff push. Let’s take a look at the games from last week.
DeWitt 43 Ionia 7
Like I said in my preview, DeWitt is a team you use as a measuring stick. If you can compete with them, you know your squad is pretty good. Ionia isn’t quite there yet though. I’d also like to make note that last Friday’s game was Football Purple Game for Community Awareness. Purple jerseys were dedicated in memory of community members. DeWitt raced out to a 20-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. Quarterback Jake Johnson completed 11 of his 14 passes for 215 yards and two scores. Ray Stein caught six balls for 42 yards. Christopher Ruby caught four for 90. Michael Roberson caught one, but raced 55 yards for a first quarter touchdown. Mason Bennett grabbed two receptions for 25 yards and a score. Ben Heinritz carried the ball nine times for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Ionia’s lone score came on a 48 yard touchdown pass from Austin Gregory to Bailey Mitchell.
Brother Rice 26 Warren De La Salle24
De La Salle thought they had it wrapped up when they scored with 24 seconds remaining. Brother Rice had other ideas. A 63 yard drive ended with a 34 yard hail mary that was answered. Alex Malzone found Jason Alessi for the game winner on the final play of the game (not bad for a guy playing his first game at receiver.) Malzone completed 16 of his 27 passes for 200 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Alessi not only caught the game winner, but he also nailed two field goals (37 yards, 28 yards.) He finished with only that one important 34 yard touchdown reception. Corey Lacanaria grabbed eight passes for 98 yards. Shon Powell rushed 16 times for 62 yards and two scores. For De La Salle, quarterback Giovanni Rescigno completed 16 of his 22 passes for 198 yards and a score. He was also the leading rusher with 22 runs for 107 yards and two scores. Jared Wrangler grabbed six passes for 95 yards, but Brent Morris was the only receiver to catch a touchdown (seven receptions for 83 yards.)
Battle Creek St. Phillip 49 Burr Oak 0
St. Phillip took care of business last Friday and put themselves in a great position for a league title. It was 42-0 at the half. Running back Isaac Cloward rushed for 217 yards and a score and also grabbed a 21 yard touchdown reception. Quarterback Brendan Gausselin had 163 passing yards and three scores in the first quarter. Hunter Haley had 79 receiving yards and three scores. No stats for Burr Oak.