With the weather changing around Michigan and the school busses out in the morning now, football season is hitting its stride.Â Those freshmen who have played two games so far can actually walk the hallways of the school they play for.Â Football coaches love this time of year.Â They can break out the sweatshirts and always have some work to do on the next opponent.Â Most of the coaches remember the days when they put on the helmets and competed for their high school or university.Â Weâ€™ve all heard that Christmas song, â€œItâ€™s the most wonderful time of the year,â€ but some of us sing it about September.Â Letâ€™s get into this weekâ€™s action!
Muskegon Oakridge 49 Mason County Central 0
This was the first of my clunker picks this week.Â Dan Shoop carried 11 times for 136 yards and four touchdowns.Â Dion Goliday toted the rock eight times for 70 yards and a score.Â The Eagles outgained the Spartans 365 yards to 21.Â Allen Barnhardt led the Spartans with six tackles.Â Muskegon Oakridge is looking great so far with two games and two shutouts.Â They will have a huge test next week when they travel to Montague for a very important West Michigan Conference game.
Jackson Lumen Christi 21 Portage Central 6
This game started with the first of seven turnovers by Portage Central.Â That fumble was recovered in the end zone by Eric Cropsey for the gameâ€™s first score.Â Interestingly enough, Portage Central out-gained JLC on the ground 199-149.Â Jackson LC quarterback Justin Oâ€™Dowd completed seven of his 11 passes for 78 yards and two scores.Â Amani Bass carried the ball 13 times for 52 yards.Â Xavier Willis carried 11 times for 78 yards.Â Jimmy King was the leading receiver with three catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns.Â Portage Centralâ€™s Nate Schneider completed two of his nine passes for 16 yards and an interception.Â He also scored his teamâ€™s lone touchdown on a QB sneak.Â Dejuan James carried 16 times for 87 yards to pace Portage Central.
Warren DeLaSalle 34 Flint Carman-Ainsworth 6
It was the Shane Morris show for DeLaSalle.Â He threw for 159 yards and three touchdowns.Â The special teams units were pretty special as well.Â They blocked a field goal and a punt.Â As for Carman-Ainsworth?Â Itâ€™s back to the drawing board.
Muskegon Catholic Central 31 Kingsford 6
When Hondo and I talked about this on Spartan Nation Radio last week, I told him I could not decide who would win and Iâ€™d take the opposite team that he picked.Â With MCC traveling over 400 miles for a non-league game, Hondo jumped on Kingsford.Â Wisely, I picked (out of default) Muskegon Catholic Central.Â The game started slow with MCCâ€™s Connor Seymour kicking a 27 yard field goal for the only points of the first quarter.Â Then, MCC loosened up the defense with some passing.Â That allowed the Crusaders to score three touchdowns in the second quarter and cruise to a victory.Â Zach Campbell only threw three passes, but competed two of them for 43 yards.Â Jessie Anderson did the bulk of the heavy carrying with 22 runs for 134 yards and a touchdown.Â Jacob Budde ran seven times for 100 yards and a touchdown.Â Zach Campbell also ran the ball eight times for 64 yards and a touchdown.Â
Saginaw Nouvel 48 Traverse City St. Francis 12
The Panthers of Nouvel were clicking on all cylinders this past Friday.Â Once again, Bennett Lewis was running around and through the defense.Â He carried 12 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns while also catching one football for eight yards.Â Quarterback Joe Buchalski completed nine of his 14 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.Â He also ran for times for 80 yards and a score and even caught a 22 yard pass.Â Ty Jacobs was the leading receiver with 79 yards on six receptions and scored twice.Â For the Gladiators of St. Francis, Riley Bullough had a nice game.Â He completed nine of his 15 passes for 91 yards and two scores while also running the ball nine times for 49 yards.Â Byron Bullough caught three passes for 21 yards but Ryan McDonnell led in receiving yards with 29 on two receptions.