Weâ€™ve made it through the District finals.Â There were some close games and a few blowouts, but the competition is getting tougher.Â Two weeks from Friday we will begin the state championships.Â Coaches and their players are still out there, practicing in the cold, trying to get everything in before it gets too dark.Â People are getting close to realizing the fruits of their labors; the sucker punch of defeat or the ecstasy of a win.Â Out of last yearâ€™s eight champions, four have been eliminated.Â Two of those are in the same division now and could meet in the championship game.Â Iâ€™d also like to acknowledge Joe Glendening who ran for 398 yards on 16 attempts and scored 7 touchdowns in East Grand Rapids win over Mount Pleasant.Â Letâ€™s get into the games from last week.
Detroit â€“ Division 1
Sterling Heights Stevenson 31 Macomb Dakota 28
The Titans of Sterling Heights Stevenson were able to run the ball.Â Fortunately for them, they were able to score first and score in bunches.Â In the final two minutes before halftime, they scored three touchdowns.Â Jason Fracassa, Titan quarterback, went 10 of 24 for 152 yards and two touchdowns.Â He also ran 12 times for 55 yards.Â D.J. Mershman caught a 32 yard touchdown and Thomas Beaurem caught the other, a 25 yarder.Â Beaurem also returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and ran 12 times for 55 yards.Â In addition to all of that, he picked off a pass which led to the final score of the first half.Â The big thing that the Titans did was converting on some third and forever plays in the second half to keep the clock moving.Â On the Dakota side, Mike Romanchik went eight of 16 for 205 yards and three touchdowns.Â Stevenson is hosting Lake Orion on Friday night.
Capital Area â€“ Division 6
Leslie 49 Laingsburg 34
Led by Trent Pageâ€™s 183 rushing yards and three scores, Leslie won the game.Â He also picked off two passes.Â The Blackhawks ran for 434 yards with Page, quarterback Travis Crow (171 yards), and Devyn Twombley (77 yards).Â Crow also went five of 12 for 129 yards and a touchdown.Â Leading receiver for Leslie was Nathaniel Janson who caught two balls for 68 yards.Â The Blackhawk offensive line pushed around the Wolfpack and allowed their backs to run wild.Â A great offensive line can be one of the biggest assets a football team has.Â For Laingsburg, Lucas Jorae had 112 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.Â Klinton Koonter went eight of 16 for 127 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.Â He also ran for 26 yards on 11 carries and ran in a touchdown.Â Logan Watkins caught four balls for 78 yards and three touchdowns.Â Leslie travels to Kalamazoo Christian on Friday.
West â€“ Division 3
Stevensville Lakeshore 33 St. Joseph 13
It was a heck of a night for Stevensville Lakeshoreâ€™s Coco Johnson.Â He ran for 249 yards and scored two touchdowns in the victorious effort.Â This put him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season.Â 5,500 fans were at Dickinson Stadium and saw it happen.Â The defense for the Lancers held St. Joe to 13 points, the lowest total for the season.Â After stopping the Bears on the Lakeshore 17, Johnson ripped off an 83 yard touchdown run to put Stevensville up 27-7 early in the fourth quarter.Â Quarterback Zak Wasserman went eight of 12 for 99 yards and two touchdowns.Â On the Bears side, Jamaal Jackson had 105 yards on 16 carries and Drake Smith gained 83 on 14 runs.Â Both backs scored a touchdown.Â Stevensville Lakeshore will host East Lansing on Saturday.
Mid Michigan â€“ Division 2
Midland 24 Bay City Western 14
First, injuries changed things a little.Â I stated that Matt Grew, quarterback for Bay City would not play on offense.Â He did.Â Charlie Leffingwell, running back for Midland did not play due to a broken foot.Â Michael Albrecht filled in for Leffingwell and played splendid.Â He ran for 99 yards, scored all three touchdowns, and also caught six balls for 73 yards.Â Bay City Western started the scoring with an 83 yard touchdown run by Grew on the second play of the game.Â He finished with 202 yards on 20 carries to go along with his two long touchdown runs in the first quarter.Â Andrew Maxwell did not look very good.Â It got a little windy and he didnâ€™t complete as many as he should have.Â His final tally was 16 of 28 for 170 yards.Â Maxwell was winding up his arm and a lot of his passes were short.Â When the Warriors put pressure on him, he looked pretty bad.Â Fortunately, Maxwell has good size and has benefited from good coaching.Â Next they will play on Saturday at the beautiful Midland Community Stadium and take on Davison.
North â€“ Division 8
Crystal Falls Forest Park 6 Lake Linden-Hubbell 0
It was snowy and windy day in Crystal Falls.Â Both teams relied on their defenses and there was less than 350 yards of total offenseâ€¦combined.Â The only score came when CFFP standout running back Josh Siler slipped a tackle and ran 48 yards to paydirt.Â The point after failed and both teams locked into a defensive struggle.Â After halftime, the Trojans only tallied 13 yards of total offense.Â Lake Linden had chances.Â They got to the Trojan 24 yard line before they turned the ball over on downs early in the third quarter.Â Later, they had a nine minute drive in which they utilized fullback Brandon Sundblad but the drive stalled on CFFPâ€™s 16 yard line.Â On the game, Sundblad had 17 runs for a total of 58 yards.Â Quarterback Logan Chadde had nine carries for 91 yards for Lake Linden.Â On the Crystal Falls side, Siler ran 16 times for 94 yards.Â Neither quarterback completed a pass.Â Crystal Falls Forest Park will play St. Ignace on Saturday over at the Yooper Dome in Marquette.