Division 8 - Overwhelming Offense

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Muskegon Catholic Central 40 Crystal Falls Forest Park 0

Muskegon CC pooched the kick to Taylor Bartczak and he nearly broke a tackle and went the distance to open the game. CFFP took over on their 45. The Trojans faked a punt after not getting the first down and were stuffed. MCC gouged them on their first run, but when faced with a third and seven, they did not convert. Facing a fourth and five, MCC opted to go for it and their quarterback, Jared Johnson only gained one yard and the ball was turned over on downs. The defense for MCC hit hard and knocked people down all game. After a Forest Park punt, Jared Johnson took the first down play and scampered 71 yards for a touchdown with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter. It looked like CFFP came up short on their third down and four play, but a personal foul for roughing the passer gave them a first down at the MCC 47. Rodney Anderson ran a nice 32 yarder before the end of the first quarter. They would spread out the defense and run the ball; keeping the Trojans off balance. Johnson hit his cousin Brian Johnson for a 38 yard touchdown early in the second quarter. A pass from Bob Reid to Dustin Basirico went 55 yards and CFFP had the ball at the MCC 17. Faced with a third and six on the 13, they opted to run and the Josh Siler run came up a yard short. On fourth down, they went for it, and again, Jim Wheeler’s run came up short and the ball was turned over on downs. Jared Johnson ran another huge 51 yard gain down to the 31 of CFFP. On that play, he planted and split two defenders and picked up another 10 yards before he was tackled. Steve Mitchell ran the last 32 yards for the score. The drive, all three plays of it, went 92 yards. Jim Wheeler was injured and he would not return. MCC’s defense was very good at stretching out plays and not allowing much of a gain. Catholic Central got the ball back and was not able to move it, so they punted away with under 1:30 in the half. Forest Park took over at their 24 with a long way to go and a 20 point deficit. They fumbled it away, recovered by D’Ante Foster at the 23. Now with 1:14 to go, Catholic Central took it to the house on an Anderson run. Matt Wilkins returned the ball 42 yards down to the CFFP 29 to start the second half. Two plays later, Colin Kolkema ran it in for another touchdown from 29 yards out. Kolkema had another nice run when they got the ball back, rumbling 39 yards and was tackled at the 21. Jeff Satori had a nice sack on the Crusaders during their second and 10 play, pushing them back eight yards. Their fourth down run didn’t get the needed yardage so Crystal Falls took over, but ended up punting. Will Perri ran a nice back and forth run putting the ball inside the ten for MCC. They came up short on fourth down again and turned the ball over at the 12. CFFP managed one first down but weren’t able to pick up much else and their workhorse, Josh Siler, went out with an injury. One play into the fourth quarter, Muskegon Catholic Central put in their second string to finish the game. Major Metcalf scampered 85 yards for a touchdown with seven minutes left in the game to give the Crusaders a running clock.

CFFP was outmatched, outplayed, and out-hit in the game. They had barely won games in the playoffs but still made it. This team is much different than last year’s squad; they are much younger and less experienced. Muskegon Catholic Central is just a powerhouse. Heck, they beat Detroit Country Day, who is playing this evening for the Division 4 title. There were a bunch of weapons at Mike Holmes disposal and it showed. They were just the more talented team on the field today.

Muskegon Catholic Central's Jared Johnson was the leading rusher for the day. He had 156 yards and a touchdown on 11 attempts. Josh Siler gained the most yards for Crystal Falls Forest Park, getting 35 yards on 12 attempts.