Another week passes and we get another week closer to Ford Field.Â The playoff teams have fallen just like so many leaves on the trees.Â There were a few surprises, like East Lansing over DeWitt 42-35 behind a strong game from Issac Harper (218 rushing yards) and Detroit Catholic Central over Lansing Everett 21-7.Â Closer to my home, Saginaw Nouvel stormed back with three touchdowns to tie the game and send it to overtime, where they beat St. Charles 24-18.Â Thatâ€™s part of football though.Â You have to be ready every play of every game if you want to win.Â Just ask a team who finished the season 0-9 how important every play is.Â There are guys out there who would give up a heck of a lot to get another shot at high school football.Â Cherish these moments, because as soon as the moment has passed, itâ€™s history.Â These are the games weâ€™ll talk about at high school reunions and when we get together to have a cup of coffee and catch up.Â Ok, enough of the historian in me has come out.Â Sorry about that!
Traverse City St. Francis 51 Mancelona 0
Well!Â TCSF has outscored their opponents 103-0 so far in the playoffs.Â They thumped the Ironmen behind their 14 man running attack which racked up 350 yards.Â By the time 5 minutes had run off the clock in the first quarter, the Gladiators were up by four touchdowns.Â Thatâ€™s a quick start!Â They pushed the lead to 42-0 at the half.Â Mancelona had their season come to an end, but they had a heck of a season.Â They won their first playoff game and earned some respect in Northern Michigan.Â TCSF will play Ishpeming at the Superior Dome Friday night.
Chesaning 29 Millington 28
There might be something to what Coach Jim Szappan said about his senior quarterback Joe Bitterman.Â He said heâ€™s the best athlete heâ€™s coached in his 30 years.Â Bitterman lead his team back from a two touchdown fourth quarter deficit to beat Millington 29-28.Â He had an 85 yard kickoff return in the final minute and a half to cut the score to 28-27.Â They went for the two point conversion and the lead/win.Â The gamble paid off and they took the lead.Â Millington drove the ensuing kickoff down the field from their own 15 and tried to kick a field goal with six seconds left from the Chesaning 29 yard line.Â The kick fell short and Chesaning took home the victory.Â Chesaning will travel to take on Madison Heights Madison on Saturday.
Detroit Country Day 7 Detroit Crockett 0
It only took one score to win the game for Country Day.Â Surprise, surprise, that score came from Jonas Gray. Â The first time he touched the ball, he ran 62 yards to the Crockett 18 yard line.Â Three plays later, he was in the end zone for the only score on the day.Â He was held to 122 yards, half of which came on that first play.Â It was one of those situations where one play made (or broke, depending on your perspective) the game.Â Milan will come to town to take on Detroit Country Day this Friday.
Hudsonville 41 Muskegon 7
In front of over 8,600 fans, Hudsonville turned the table on Muskegon and blasted them in the same fashion they were blasted October 5th.Â Muskegon didnâ€™t help itself with four turnovers.Â Jordan Jonker (158 yards, 1td) and Alex Debniak (149 yards, 3 td) lead the way for the Eagles.Â Muskegon quarterback Chris Crawford scored in the fourth quarter to avoid what would have been the first shutout since 2002.Â Muskegon did get a share of the Ottawa-Kent Conference Red Division championship in their first season in the division.Â Hudsonville just wanted it more than Muskegon did and it showed on the scoreboard.Â Next week, Hudsonville will take on Lowell at home.