As we inch closer to the end of the regular season, the intensity has picked up. For some teams, the playoffs are no longer in the cards and they just need to concentrate on getting the first win of the season. Other teams can punch their ticket to the playoffs two Fridays from now. I want to mention the play of MSU recruit Taiwan Jones from New Baltimore Anchor Bay before we get into the review of last weekâ€™s games. He caught eight footballs for 111 yards and two touchdowns while also running the ball 13 times for 72 yards. Pretty impressive performance if you ask me. Hondo and I apologize that we werenâ€™t able to do our weekly radio spot, but scheduling conflicts (read â€“ JV game) made it impossible for us to get our regular segment in. Both of us are trying to make sure it doesnâ€™t happen again. With the apologies out of the way, letâ€™s move onto the results from Week Four - Eye Of The Tiger.
Crystal Falls Forest Park 31 Ontonagon Area 6
The game was much closer than the score indicates. The Trojans got up early with Jeff Hegstrom's 22 yard sweep for a score. Ontonagon then marched down the field in a drive that culminated in a three yard touchdown pass from TJ Houtari to Dylan Kirkley.Â It was a long drive that lasted12 plays and covered 84 yard.Â A field goal by CFFPâ€™s Blake Joseph put them up 10-6. Ontonagon moved the ball late in the second, but an interception by Cole Noblet with just over a minute left was returned to midfield gave the Trojans one last chance to get the score. Five running plays later, Justin Snell punched it in from the one yard line. That swing in momentum put CFFP up 17-6 going into the half. Hegstrom scored again in the third quarter on a 32 yard pickup and he also got a touchdown in the fourth on another long run, this time from 38 yards out. Snell did most of the dirty work on that drive, though. When the final whistle blew, Crystal Falls had tallied 358 yards of total offense with only one incomplete pass attempted (50 runs). Hegstrom finished with 14 carries for 181 yards. Snell ran 27 times for 147. On the Ontonagon side, Huotari passed for 105 yards and ran 17 times for 129 yards.
Bay City John Glenn 23 Ogemaw Heights 14
The Bobcats of John Glenn got up early but needed their defense to come through late. Connor Windyeight got the scoring going with a 20 yard field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, aÂ squib kick bounced off an Ogemaw player and back to Bay City. Devin McCulloh pushed the score up to 9-0 after he got into the end zone from 13 yards out. Quarterback Travis Bryant found Tanner Kain for a 25 yard fade route to the back of the end zone. Another special team error by Ogemaw Heights gave the ball back to Bay City with only 40 yards to go. Bryant again found Kain for a touchdown, this time from 26 yards away. After that, O-H woke up and started to play. They were able to drive down and score from 25 yards out with a quarterback run by Sheldon Roberto. Roberto had two more scores, but a block in the back penalty negated one of them. He completed six of his 18 passes for 99 yards for the game. He also ran 24 times for 80 and both scores. Tyler Henderson caught five of the passes for 87 yards. For Bay City, Bryant completed four of his 10 passes for 70 yards and two scores while also running twice for 17. All four passes went to Tanner Kain. Devin McCulloh toted the rock 18 times for 134 yards and score.
Dearborn 30 Dearborn Fordson 12
Dearborn went up early and fast. They scored all 30 points in the first half of the game. Quarterback CJ Mifsud was on fire. He completed 13 of his 19 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Two of the scores went to junior receiver Ryan Hansen. He caught a 40 yard score and another from 53 yards out. Fordson quarterback Mohamed Faraj was injured early in the second quarter while playing defense and Coach Fouad Zaban knows that his team doesnâ€™t have a whole lot of depth. It was late in the fourth quarter before Fordson got on the board with a five yard rushing touchdown by Rebeah Beydoun. Beydoun also threw a pass that was intercepted at the Dearborn 24.
Fowler 27 Pewamo-Westphalia 8
Fowler may have been losing when they went into the locker room, but they came out and dominated the second half by scoring three unanswered touchdowns. Running back Tyler Koenigskencht gained 101 yards on nine totes. Quarterback Dustin Wirth threw for a touchdown and ran in another on his way to a five of 10 for 85 yards night. He also ran for 30 yards. Ben Halfman caught a 10 yard touchdown pass from Wirth to open the scoring in the second quarter. P-W answered back with the legs of tailback Alex Thelen. He punched in a score from three yards out. Alex Thelen finished with 13 carries for 42 yards. Justin Thelen caught six footballs for 99 yards. Quarterback Charlie Hengesbach completed 12 of his 31 passes for 153 yards. On the Fowler side, Tyler Koenigsknecht ran nine times for 101 yards and a score. Mitch Thelen ran 14 times for 25 yards.
Grand Haven 26 Rockford 23
In an upset over the #2 team in the state, the Bucs of Grand Haven used a late touchdown to take the leadâ€¦and stay there. It was Dalton Stenberg who scored with just under 5:30 left in the fourth quarter from one yard out. He ended the game with 25 carries for 132 yards and three touchdowns. Most of the scoring came in the second quarter, with Darby Conner, Josh Reinke, and Steve Mette all scoring for the Rams (Mette kicked a 35 yard field goal just before halftime). Rockford quarterback Mark LaPrairie hit two touchdown passes.Â The first went to Reinke in the second quarter from 16 yards out.Â The second touchdown pass went to Neil VanderLaan for an 83 yard score during the third. LaPrarie completed 15 of his 24 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. VanderLaan caught 10 footballs for 193 yards and a score. Zach Schmuch rushed nine times for 23 yards. On the Grand Haven side, Adam Poel completed six of his 11 passes for 101 yards. Three of those receptions went to Daniel Cotter. Trent Hitsman also rushed the ball 15 times for 78 yards and a score.