Week Seven - Blowout City And Last Second Heroics

Jeffrey Cottrell

Oh baby! Can you feel it? Can you feel the playoffs around the corner? With Week Seven in the books, we only have two weeks of regular season left. As for the games profiled last week, one turned out great, and the rest were blowouts. Teams have separated themselves from the pack and won conference titles. Other teams are working as hard as ever to get into the playoffs. Whatever the case may be, high school football has only a month and a half until the top teams face each other at Ford Field for the right to call themselves state champions. Wondering how those games turned out last week? Just keep on reading!

Capital Area

Mason 48 Lansing Sexton 8

Not only did Mason get a share of the Capital Area Athletic Conference Red Division football championship, they also made the playoffs after a disastrous 2007 season. Quarterback Cody Morrison went 10 of 16 for 188 yards passing and acknowledged that last season wasn’t good, but the team had worked hard to get to where they are. Morrison tossed his four touchdown passes in the first half. Zach Mellios paced the running game for the Bulldogs with 81 yards on 22 rushing attempts. On the Sexton side, quarterback Taurean Jackson went seven of 15 for 141 yards and two interceptions. No one person got the bulk of the carries for Sexton, but they were led by Onija Miller’s 71 yards on nine attempts.

Mid Michigan

Standish-Sterling 34 Bangor John Glenn 7

With their win over the #3 team in Division 3, Standish has won back to back football championships for the first time ever. The Panthers were led by quarterback Austin Collier who rushed for 209 yards (two rushing touchdowns) and went seven of 10 for 115 yards (three passing touchdowns). Collier’s touchdown runs were of 46 yards and 65 yards. Trevor Trombley had 102 yards rushing on 16 carries for Standish as well as a 24 yard touchdown reception. Unfortunately for John Glenn, their leading rusher, Matt Balen, broke his foot on Thursday and was unable to play. Tyler Clemons led the way running the ball for John Glenn with 91 yards on 16 carries. Bobcat quarterback Richard Watson was six of 14 for 31 yards through the air.


Croswell-Lexington 44 Richmond 6

The Pioneers of Croswell-Lexington won at least a share of the Blue Water Area Conference with their dominating win over the Richmond Blue Devils. CL quarterback Cameron Barrett dominated the first quarter, rushing for 101 of his 106 yards. When he passed the ball, he ended up 10 of 20 for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Running back David Soflin had seven carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns. By halftime, Richmond was down 41-0 which meant they would have a running clock in the second half. Even when Devin Leach hit Matt Schwab for an 80 yard touchdown in the third, it didn’t stop the clock. Croswell-Lexington coach Jason VanDerMaas said they want to win the title outright so they will get back to work this week to get better.


Traverse City West 35 Petoskey 7

When a team has as few players on their football team as Petoskey does, sooner or later they will meet a team with so much more depth that they will tire out. That’s what happened in this game. Petoskey fumbled their first play of the game giving the Titans the ball only 19 yards from the end zone. After that score, both defenses took over. The Northmen tied the game at seven with just fewer than five minutes until halftime. The Titans answered back when Cody Scheuerman ran 18 yards up the middle and scored to get a 14-7 lead with two minutes until intermission, finishing a 69 yard drive. Tight end Greg Forrester caught a pass and slipped between two defenders to put his team up 21-7 after the half which took the wind out of Petoskey. Jon Flynn had two touchdown runs in the game for the Titans.  TC West held an advantage in total yards, tallying 289 to Petoskey’s 214.

West Coast

Muskegon Oakridge 28 Montague 21

All you can hope for in a close game is a chance to win at the end. The game was close in the first half but Oakridge was up 14-7 until the last play of the second quarter when Cody Kater hit Matt DeJong on a 13 yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Sophomore quarterback for Oakridge, Jamie Potts, took the ball to the house on the third play after halftime and ran it 53 yards for a touchdown. After Montague’s Kater threw an interception to Matt Eacker, he scored four plays later on a three yard run. This put Montague down 28-14. Kater made up for it by tossing a 24 yard touchdown to Anthony Root narrowing the score to 28-21. On their final possession, he marched Montague down field on a drive that started at their own 11 yard line with only 1:32 left in the game. On the final play, he threw the ball towards his player, Dustin DeHoff and the defender, Luke Cole. Somehow, Cole came down with the ball with only 8 seconds left to end the game. Cody Kater had a nice night for Montague, going 14 of 33 for 242 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. For Muskegon Oakridge, Michael Shoop led the way with 108 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Matt Eacker had a nice game as well, running for 97 yards and two touchdowns on offense while making eight tackles on defense. The Eagles finished with 369 yards on the ground.


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