MHSAA Week Five High School Football Report

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You know when the leaves are turning bright orange, yellow, and red that football season is in full swing. Fall is officially here and high school football teams across the state of Michigan are starting to look toward deep playoff runs. We had multiple conference championships set up with wins this past Friday. All these teams need to do now is not stumble before the finish line of the regular season. Let’s move into the games from this past week and see what happened.

Capital Area

DeWitt 42 St. Johns 35

This was a very exciting game that came down to the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter. In the end, DeWitt quarterback Ryan Wieber ran for a 20 yard touchdown in those final seconds to seal the win over Capital Area Athletic Conference Red Division foe St. Johns. Wieber finished the game with 200 rushing yards on 20 carries as well as 196 passing yards and two more scores (15 of 26). Ryan Potrykus caught eight of those passes for 120 yards and both receiving touchdowns. Brian Moore ran 14 times for only 34 yards, but scored twice. On the St. Johns side, quarterback Brad Cordes completed 11 of his 24 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Koneval reeled in six of those passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Running back Andrew Mullikin was the workhorse of the night, toting the rock 28 times for 244 yards, including touchdown run of 46 and 65 yards.

North

Menominee 48 Kingsford 14

One week after the passing game wouldn’t work the Maroons tossed the ball all over the place. Kingsford put eight men in the box and forced Menominee to go to the air. Tanner Maccoux played very well for the Maroons, running for 121 yards on eight carries and completed five of his 10 passes for 200 additional yards. Bobby Olson caught two touchdown passes in the game. To begin the second half, Connor LaPlante raced 84 yards to score on the kickoff return. He also ran in a touchdown from the three yard line. A fumble set up Kingsford’s first touchdown early in the first quarter on a 64 yard run by Reed Larson. Jeff Gregory hit Aidan Wienke on a fourth down completion from 23 yards out for the other score. Kingsford was four of 14 on third down and three of eight on fourth down.

West Coast

Rockford 29 Muskegon 26

Muskegon had the lead, but it was Rockford who won the game. A touchdown catch by Brady Gent with 3:02 left in the game propelled the Rams to victory. Gent finished the game with 74 yards on eight carries and five receptions for 81 yards and a score. Quarterback Mark LaPrairie completed 14 of his 26 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Lubenow caught seven of those passes for 76 yards and two scores.  On defense, KC Zenner came up with 13 tackles. Muskegon ran the ball a lot. Quarterback Princeton Duncan ran 26 times for 150 yards and a score while also completing eight of his 12 passes for 115 and another score. Juwan Lewis ran the ball 21 times for 129 yards and a TD while also catching a pass for a 56 yard gain. Ryan Williams-Follins caught four passes for 39 yards. This is the fourth time in five games that Muskegon has lost to Rockford.

Detroit

Utica Eisenhower 41 Warren Mott 14

Mott trailed 17-0 after the first quarter and could never catch up. On Warren’s first play, defensive back Yousseff Bujaidar intercepted a pass on the Mott 30. That set up Joe Zerafa’s touchdown throw to Dan Chmielewski from the 16 yard line. Utica quarterback Joe Zerafa completed nine of his 16 passes for 130 yards and a score while also running in a touchdown from the five yard line. Daniel Gojcaj nailed a 49 yard field goal. Shane King ran for 57 yards and a score on 11 carries. For Warren Mott, Rico Webber ran 19 times for 97 yards. 

Mid-Michigan

Alma 34 Hemlock 28

After playing poorly in the first half, Hemlock woke up and made a game of it. They were able to tie the score with 52 seconds left in the game. Alma had the last laugh though, scoring the game winner with 12 ticks left. Hemlock quarterback Chase Weichmann went four of nine for 119 yards and a passing touchdown while also running 18 times for 83 yards and three scores. TJ Vondette caught three passes for 54 yards. Michael Devereaux carried 14 times for 147 yards. For Alma, the main man was quarterback Vinnie Costanzo. He completed nine of his 19 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner to Caden Kipp. Kipp caught three passes for 62 yards and two scores. Costanzo was also the leading rusher with 137 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.