The half way point of the season has come and gone with Wednesday.Â Five weekends from now we will know whoâ€™s in and whoâ€™s out and only 256 teams will make it.Â After that will be the first playoff games.Â All the other high schools will inventory and pack away the equipment for the year.Â Is your team looking fantastic with a perfect record or do they need to win out in order to make the playoffs?Â Or how about eliminated from post season play altogether with four losses?Â The grueling climb to Ford Field for memories, honor, and that Michigan shaped trophy is on!
First letâ€™s get to the results from last week.
Rockford 23 Grandville 0
The defense played a heck of a game.Â It had been an emotional week for the team due to the unfortunate death of Bill VanderVeen, father of Rockfordâ€™s defensive coordinator Randy VanderVeen.Â His defensive unit allowed 39 yards, and came up with three sacks, an interception, a fumble, and a safety.Â Grandville lost for the second consecutive week.
Traverse City West 51 Cadillac 0
OUCH!Â That one hurts.Â It was 37 â€“ 0 at halftime.Â That means there was a running clock the second half or maybe we would have had one of those old school scores like 75 â€“ 0.Â After a rough beginning for TCW, they seem to be putting it together.Â Cadillac was limited to 51 yards of total offense.
Allen Park 34 Dearborn 21
This was a hard fought game.Â Allen Parkâ€™s star running back Bobby Lowry didnâ€™t play much in the second half due to leg cramps, but came in and scored the TD to take the lead. Â They used an old football trick; not running one of your base plays until a big play is needed.Â Dearborn was still close, but allowed a touchdown with 1:07 left in the fourth to seal the game for the Coach Tom Hoover and his Allen Park Jaguars.
Frankenmuth 17 Essexville Garber 7
Both teams scored the first time they had the ball and then the defenses took over.Â It was in the third quarter that Frankenmuthâ€™s Chuck Findlay pulled down an interception and returned it to the Dukeâ€™s one yard line.Â The Eagles scored one play later.Â Nathan Krafft booted a 27 yard field goal to seal the victory in the fourth quarter.