It’s official. We are now in the month of October. The fun and excitement of football season beginning is now a memory. We are in the thick of it. At this point, teams and players need to grind it out. This is when all the hard work in January and all summer starts to show. Every team is dealing with bumps and bruises (if not worse). One thing I have seen this year is more players being held out because of concussions. That never really happened back when I played. I’m glad to see more concern about a VERY important part of everyone’s body. Football is violent. No need to smash up your brain as well as your body. Let me get off of my soap box and tell you about last week’s football action.
Menominee 42 Kingsford 14
The game didn’t go as planned for the Flivvers. They made early mistakes while Menominee played one of the best games in quite some time. The Menominee defense held Kingsford to eight rushing yards on 21 carries in the first half. Leading the attack for the Maroons was Devon Harris. He rushed eight times for 90 yards and three touchdowns while also grabbing four passes for 66 yards and a score. Justin Brilinski had a nice night from the quarterbacking tailback position. He completed seven of his 12 passes for 115 yards and a score. Brilinski also ran nine times for 62 yards. James Brown rushed 14 times for 59 yards and two scores. For Kingsford, their rushing attack (all 79 total rushing yards) was led by Brody Sundquist. He ran 10 times for 34 yards and a 37 yard touchdown run (yes, that stat is correct.) Quarterback Joe Hofer completed two of his 10 passes for 49 yards and an interception. Cole Tengesdahl grabbed two passes for 49 yards. Jack Glodowski scored a nine yard touchdown on his only reception. That pass came from Lucas Jennings (one of two for nine yards and a score.)
Portage Central 49 Portage Northern 7
Just before halftime, Portage Northern head coach Pete Schermerhorn decided to take a chance. His team was down 14-7 with the ball just over the 50. They went for a hail mary, but their prayers went unanswered as Portage Central’s Jacob Allen grabbed an interception and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. After that, Portage Central had all the momentum and Portage Northern had a hard time getting going. P-C quarterback Ryan Mergener only completed one of his six passes for 37 yards, but it went for a score. He also threw an interception. They had two running backs with over 100 yards. Jacob Allen rushed 20 times for 133 and two scores. Jerrod Davis ran 13 times for 102 and a pair of scores as well. For Portage Northern, Riley Bell completed nine of his 16 passes for 149 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Mitchell Brown grabbed only one pass, but it went for a 39 yard score. Preston Simon rushed 11 times for 29 yards.
Macomb Dakota 24 Utica Eisenhower 0
The defense came through again for Dakota. They held Utica to 53 yards while the offense racked up 314 total yards. Dakota quarterback Tyler Crowell completed 14 of his 25 pass attempts for 157 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Brendan Mangan tossed a 24 yard touchdown pass to tight end Daniel Crawford. Running back Maurice Moon rushed for a one yard touchdown and toted the rock 11 times for 56 yards. Mangan grabbed eight passes for 70 yards. Sorry, couldn’t find stats for Utica Eisenhower.
Middle of Michigan
Carson City-Crystal 50 Coleman 48
Sometimes, it all comes down to one play. That’s precisely what happened last Friday. Coach Chad Klopf told Mlive, “I said we were in for a dog fight again this week and that it was, we have been a good conversion team, but we just didn’t execute when we needed to on the 2-point conversions. Like last year, the game came down to one conversion.” That two point conversion with only nine seconds left in the game didn’t go the way they hoped. Coleman quarterback Adam Stremlow completed 24 of his 36 passes for 428 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. Matthew Warner grabbed eight passes for 244 yards and a score. Zach Frazer hauled in seven passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Leading the rushing attack was Lars Murray with 22 runs for 87 yards. Mitchell Franklin ran four times for 73 yards and two touchdowns. For Carson City- Crystal, running back Robert Failing ran 15 times for 224 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Rhett Pringle completed two of his seven passes for 10 yards and a score. Will Beedy ran 12 times for 89 yards and a score.