MHSAA High School Football Week Five Recap

Jeffrey Cottrell

We’ve played another Friday night and have completed two thirds of the regular season games so far. With only three games left to play, it’s getting close to time for the MHSAA to seed all 256 teams and let the playoffs begin. A win this past week put some schools into the playoffs, while others need to win out if they want a game in November. It’s time to put up or shut up…do or die…one game at a time…and any other clichés you can think of. Let’s take a look at how the teams faired this past week.

North

Iron River West Iron County 14 Calumet 12

The game could have very easily gone to Calumet. In the first half, sophomore quarterback for IRWIC Andrew Peterson took a helmet to helmet hit and went out with a concussion. That forced them into the wildcat offense (something they hadn’t practiced in six weeks). Andrew Peterson did completed three of his five passes for 48 yards and a 20 yard touchdown pass to Kahree Beaudrie in the first quarter. Senior running back Devon Marcell, who replaced Peterson, punched in a touchdown from three yards out and tossed the two point conversion to Caleb Pellizzer to take a 14-0 lead. Calumet scored twice in the second half when quarterback Steven Torola ran in from three and seven yards out. The Copper Kings had a chance at the end of the game, but a second interception by Beaudrie ended the game. Pellizzer and Marcell also intercepted passes on the night. Marcell finished with 23 carries for 95 yards and passed for another 86. Ccalumet rushed for 180 yards and completed three of their 18 pass attempts for 83 yards.

Mid-Michigan

Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart 64 Coleman 24

Sacred Heart came out like gangbuster and scored 30 points in the first quarter. That forced Coleman to take to the air, despite it being a rainy night. Mt. Pleasant on the other hand could run the ball and take time off the clock. Irish running back Nick Hire ran for 134 yards on 19 carries and scored four times. Tyler Sabuda ran 15 times for 109 yards and a score. Quarterback Michell Myler completed 11 of his 18 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns. For Coleman, quarterback Trevor Jones completed 25 of his 54 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Tylor Rhynard caught two touchdowns and finished with 11 catches for 240 yards while also making 13 tackles on defense.

West Coast

Grand Rapids West Catholic 42 Sparta 2

The Falcons of Grand Rapids West Catholic took care of business on homecoming. This was the 23rd straight victory in the OK-Blue Conference. Running back Jalin Faison ran for 138 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns. Quarterback Tommy Staskiewicz completed nine of his 13 passes for 150 yards and ran 10 times for 181 yards and two scores. Sparta scored first when they tackled Staskiewicz for a safety, but it was their last score. Sparta QB Cory Brown completed four of his nine passes for 25 yards. Terry Bulloch ran five times for 42 yards. 

Detroit

Chelsea 20 Ypsilanti Lincoln 7

It wasn’t an offensive shootout, but Chelsea came away with the win. Two blocked punts were huge in momentum in this game. They led to short drives and points. Zach Rabbitt nailed two field goals on the night. Jarred Scheese completed four of his six passes for 24 yards. Berkley Edwards led running backs with 118 yards on 22 carries and scored once. Andy Nelson scored the other touchdown for Chelsea and gained 31 yards on eight attempts. For Ypsilanti Lincoln, T.J. O’Bryan completed five of his 19 passes. Running back George Miller gained 122 yards on 19 carries and scored YL’s only touchdown. 

Capital Area

Grass Lake 47 Manchester 12

Grass Lake screwed up homecoming for Manchester, beating them up early and often. Quarterback Logan Konopka completed three of his six passes for 50 yards. Frank Vuocolo ran 16 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Steven Tyler ran 16 times as well and gained 117 yards while scoring twice. On the Manchester side, it was tough to pass in the rainy conditions. Quarterback Nate Bossory completed 13 of his 32 attempts for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Jimmy Kurasz was the leading rusher with 11 attempts for 15 yards. Josh Finley caught three passes for 33 yards and scored once.

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