Another week is complete. Some teams have already punched their ticket to the playoffs by reaching the six win plateau. It’s an exciting time of year. The pressure is starting to ratchet up. Teams are playing for not only the playoffs, but for conference titles. Unfortunately, some teams are already dreaming of basketball and wrestling. Now is not the time to take your eyes of the prize though; it’s time to buckle down and make one last push to reach your goals for the season. Enough coach speak, let’s talk FOOTBALL!
Davison 35 Flint Powers 17
It was a close game, but a gamble by Davison coach Jake Emmendorfer paid off in the fourth quarter. Leading by 11 and trying to run out the clock, quarterback Brandon Pasco found Blayne Fortune for a 58 yard touchdown pass. Typically, Davison just uses their veer offense to run the ball, but a timely pass was a huge play to put the game away. Pasco completed eight of his 16 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown while also running 17 times for 151 yards and three more scores. Jake Ellis rushed 11 times for 45 yards. Jacob Davis ran nine times for 32 yards and a score and grabbed three passes for 24 yards. On the Flint Powers side, quarterback Riley Start completed 15 of his 27 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Spencer Myers grabbed five of those passes for 70 yards and a score. Trent Grimes led the rushing attack with 16 carries for 90 yards.
Shelby 22 Muskegon Oakridge 19
The win was Shelby’s first victory over Oakridge since beating them back to back in 1987 and 1988. One big reason for that was Devin Mussell. His stat line for the game is huge. Mussell rushed five time for 51 yards, caught two passes for 62 yards, threw a halfback pass (incomplete), made 11 tackles, averaged 43 yards per punt, played on the kickoff return team, and scored on a 40 yard hook and ladder play with 14 seconds remaining to win the game. Quarterback Andy Fortier completed five of his 12 passes for 94 yards. Forrest Courtright was his team’s leading runner, with 16 carries for 77 yards. He also grabbed a one yard pass and made 17 tackles on defense. On the Oakridge side, Austin Wright completed 13 of his 19 passes for 145 yards and two scores and ran seven times for 50 yards. Jerick Wambaugh rushed 14 times for 75 yards and caught four passes for 27 yards. Dan Shoop ran 20 times for 72 yards and a score while also grabbing two passes for 22 yards. Dom Greenawalt was the leading receiver with four receptions for 71 yards and a score.
Milan 21 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 14
Milan was able to jump out to a 14-0 lead, and never looked back. Quarterback Robert Kanitz completed seven of his 12 passes for 104 yards and ran 12 times for 43 yards and a score. Gage Smith grabbed four receptions for 38 yards. Trace Lindeman rushed 10 times for 147 yards and a score. I couldn’t find stats on St. Mary Catholic Central.
Crystal Falls Forest Park 43 Felch North Dickinson 20
The game was wet and turnovers were a factor for the homecoming game of Crystal Falls Forest Park. They fumbled on their first possession, but forced a turnover on North Dickinson’s first possession as well. Unfortunately for ND, Jeff Johnson scooped up the fumble and returned it 67 yards for a Crystal Falls Forest Park touchdown. Johnson completed all five of his passes for 127 yards and a score. Lee Graff rushed 15 times for 144 yards and a score. Daniel Nocerini hauled in four passes for 45 yards. On the Felch North Dickinson’s side, quarterback Logan O’Neil completed only one of his six passes for 28 yards, but it went for a score. Justin Clark caught that lone touchdown pass. Matt Shultz rushed 27 times for 142 yards and a score. Noah Berg toted the rock nine times for 70 yards.