A Look Back at Week Three in the MHSAA High School Football

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It’s Tuesday so you know it’s time to recap the high school football action from last week. As always, there were some very good and tough games that were played. Some teams went home to celebrate the victory. Other teams went home to commiserate the loss. Either way, Week Three is in the books and there is no way to get back that one play, that one blown assignment, that one missed opportunity. Football players and coaches are now looking at the upcoming opponents. Before Spartan Nation looks at Week Four, we shall finish Week Three. Let’s take a peek at how the games played out.

Mid-Michigan

Hemlock 35 Freeland 21

One thing that really hurt Freeland in their loss to Hemlock was that star running back David Ruhlman was out after throwing a punch in the previous game. With that said, it was all knotted up at halftime 14-14 before the Huskies made their adjustments and ran past the Falcons. This game was the second annual Clash For A Cure game so both teams had on pink and between 4,000 and 5,000 people showed up for the game. Quarterback Chase Wiechmann completed six of his 12 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball 19 times for 131 yards and two more scores. Receiver TJ Vondette caught two passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns while also pulling in three interceptions. Michael Devereaux ran 14 times for 64 yards. For Freeland, quarterback Connor Schultz completed nine of his 19 passes for 128 yards and three picks. He ran seven times for 16 yards. Matthew Schauman started in place of Ruhlman and ran 20 times for 139 yards and two scores. He also caught two passes for 16 yards. Tom Taugher was the leading receiver for Freeland with three receptions for 61 yards. 

West Coast

Zeeland West 26 Zeeland East 21

Sometimes, one play can be the difference between winning and losing. That play was a fumble with five minutes left and Zeeland East hanging on to a 21-20 lead. Linebacker Josh Blanton managed to get the recovery and give his team a chance to make one last drive toward the end zone and a victory over rival Zeeland East. ZW defense held ZE to 13 rushing yards on 17 carries. Spencer Viening carried the ball seven times for Zeeland East seven times for a total of 18 yards. Quarterback Casey VanHoof kept his team in the game by completing 15 of his 23 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Jackson caught six balls for 123 yards which included a 68 yard pitch and catch for a score. Josh Snyder returned a punt 69 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter to give the Chix a 21-14 lead. For Zeeland West, Clay Coatney completed four of his 10 passes for 65 yards and an interception. It was Derek Postma who ran 25 times for 171 yards and two scores that really propelled the Dux to victory. Kyle Kujawa ran 15 times for 77 yards and two more scores. Jordan VanDort caught two passes for 38 yards to lead ZW in receptions. 

Capital Area

Grass Lake 34 Michigan Center 0

Grass Lake started quick and scored twice in the first quarter, then let the defense shut out Michigan Center for the win. Michigan Center quarterback Dylan Zaborowski completed 12 of his 17 passes for 91 yards and lost four yards on four rushing attempts. Drew Dowding carried the ball four times for nine yards and caught six passes for 75 yards.  Tyler Holmes ran once for 17. Grass Lake quarterback Logan Konopka completed five of his 14 passes for 76 yards and lost nine on three rushing attempts. Frank Vuocolo led the team in rushing attempts with 17 for 121 and two scores while Kevin Fisher gained 139 on his 15 attempts and scored twice as well. Vuocolo also caught two passes for 30 yards. 

North

McBain 50 Manton 20

It was a close game through three quarters. McBain held a narrow 24-20 lead headed into the final stanza. It was then that McBain really came alive and took the game over. Some of that had to do with the depth they have, and the rest is all about the right effort. McBain quarterback, Jared Larr completed six of his 14 passes for 108 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Receivers Derek Vongphasouk caught a 51 yard receiving score while Tim Bowers caught the other TD toss from 26 yards away. For Manton, Jake Truesdale toted the rock 23 times for 120 yards and a score. Mike Skiver ran 22 times for 40 yards. Quarterback Alex Powell passes for 34 yards and two touchdowns. 

Detroit

Wyandotte 46 Trenton 8

It wasn’t a pretty game, but both squads had to play in the rain this past Friday. Some excelled in the game while others didn’t have any fun. Wyandotte’s Hunter Matt carried the ball four times, and scored on every single one of them. He scored from 55, 1, 49, and 35 yards out and finished with 140 yards on four carries. He also recovered a fumble. Quarterback Kevin Matejko was six of seven for 114 yards and three touchdowns in a half of play. They scored 27 points in the second quarter in just over three minutes before the half. Not a pretty game for Trenton, but a nice win for Wyandotte.