As we approach the start of school (for public schools, some private schools have already returned to classes), one game is already in the books.Â There were some great games this past week.Â The flipside of that is that there were also a bunch of clunkers.Â When you have out of conference games, some teams try to schedule weaker squads to help them reach the magical six win plateau which puts them in the playoffs.Â Letâ€™s take a look at the first week of action.
Mount Pleasant 21 Midland 20
From what Iâ€™ve heard in talking to people, Mount Pleasant coach Jason McIntyre out coached Midland head man Eric Methner to win four of the last five games against the Chemics.Â With a 20-14 Midland lead and only 3:31 left in the fourth quarter, things were not looking good for the Oilers.Â After the kickoff sailed into the end zone, Mount Pleasant took over at their own 20.Â On the first play, quarterback Ryan Elliott tossed a screen pass to Alex Horton for a 40 yard gain.Â Finally, on third and five at the Midland 11, Elliott tossed another screen pass to Dustin Lee who ran the final yards to tie the score.Â Zak Kramer kicked the winning extra point.Â Elliott went 10 of 18 for 136 yards and a score.Â Dustin Lee led in reception with six balls caught for 54 yards and a score.Â On the Midland side, Alex Rapanos completed nine of his 25 passes for 69 yards.Â David Walter caught five footballs for 46 yards.Â Toby Wilson ran the ball 19 times for 93 yards.
Rochester Adams 17 Clarkston 7
It was a tough battle, but the Highlanders came up big at different points of the game.Â Rochester Adams junior Tony Annese had 40 yards rushing, 36 yards receiving, scored twice, and intercepted a football.Â Adams scored first, capping a 70 yard 15 play drive with a 25 yard field goal with only 3:30 left in the half.Â Clarkston quarterback Mitch Baenzinger completed seven of his 22 passes for 89 yards and also ran for 69.Â He was picked off early in the second half by Annese (who scored on the very next play from 33 yards out).Â Annese scored again in the third quarter on a 36 yard touchdown strike from quarterback Andrew Hammett.Â Clarkston got on the board nearly half way through the fourth quarter on an 11 yard Baezinger touchdown pass to Chris Canada on fourth down.Â They had one more chance to score, but Adams blocked a 25 yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Lansing Sexton 35 Holt 9
Wow.Â I didnâ€™t expect this.Â A score like that against a top team (preseason) in the state can only mean one thing; this Sexton team was MOTIVATED!Â It all started with Onaje Miller.Â He had 143 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 totesâ€¦a far cry from last yearâ€™s season opener when Holt held Miller to 27 yards rushing.Â His first score was from 44 yards out to go up 7-0.Â Holt scored, then was picked off by Greg Scott on the second possession (his second of the game) who returned the ball 22 yards for another score.Â Two plays later, Holt fumbled and Miller scored again shortly thereafter.Â Just like that, it was 21-6 with only five minutes gone from the second quarter.Â For Holt, Curtis Nick had 118 yards, including a 67 yard touchdown run, on 20 carries.Â Evan Fischer had a 20 yard field goal to complete the scoring for Holt.Â Sexton quarterback Willie Dillard completed two of his five passes for 27 yards.Â Holt quarterback Jake Gallimore completed three of his eight passes for 93 yards.
Muskegon Heights 24 Muskegon Oakridge 14
3,000 people showed up to watch this battle of Muskegon teams.Â In the end, it was Muskegon Heightâ€™s no huddle spread offense that came out on top.Â Even though they were losing 14-12 at the half, they stormed back and held Oakridge to zero points in the second half.Â Here is an example of how things went the way of Muskegon Heights.Â Late in the third quarter, Willie Snead IV went back to punt.Â He then fielded a bad snap, avoided a sack, found Deontae Hudson for a six yard pass, and Hudson gained a first down for his team.Â They continued to march down the field and finished a 15 play drive with a 20 yard touchdown pass to Darryl Terrell.Â Oakridge was not happy with the result of the punt for a first down; they argued that Heights linemen were downfield before the pass which negated the gain.Â Eventually, they lost that argument.Â Snead finished the game with 110 yards rushing, 273 yards passing, and three touchdowns.Â Jamie Potts, the quarterback for Oakridge, had eight of his 20 passes completed for 56 yards, ran the ball 26 times for 133 and two scores, and also had 10 tackles and a sack.Â Brody Benson caught three of Potts passes for 17 yards.Â Deontae Hudson caught six footballs for Muskegon Heights and gained 95 yards and scored once.Â Darryl Terrell caught five footballs for 130 and scored twice.Â Maurice Day ran 13 times for 93 yards and a score.
Menominee 33 Wrightstown 12
It didnâ€™t take long for the Ken Hoferâ€™s single wing offense to start flying.Â Gilbert had a 43 yard touchdown run in the first quarter.Â In the second, Miller had touchdown runs of four yards and 10 yards.Â Then, in the third, Gilbert hit on another 37 yard scoring run.Â Just like that, the Maroons were up 27-0.Â Tetzlaff finished the scoring with an 11 yard touchdown reception from Maccoux, who also kicked four extra points.