Another week is finished and we are one week closer to the playoffs.Â Week Six was filled with crunching hits, close games, and even a surprise or two.Â I want to mention the team that really has surprised me, even though they werenâ€™t in my preview last week.Â That team is Saginaw Arthur Hill.Â The Lumberjacks, in back to back weeks, knocked off the two top teams in the Saginaw Valley League.Â Mount Pleasant was ranked #1 in Division 3 and Flint Southwestern before AHHS beat them and Southwestern was ranked in the top 10 in Division 2 as well.Â Two Fridays back, Saginaw knocked off Flint Southwestern Academy 27-14 behind a barrage of touchdowns by junior quarterback Mike Schaaf and they did it again this past week beating Mount Pleasant on their homecoming 39-29.Â I love it when teams play the spoiler on homecoming!Â Itâ€™s quite a turnaround, in my opinion, from last season and their 2-7 record.Â Way to go Arthur Hill!
Melvindale 14 â€“ Highland Park 8
Now this was a close game!Â Melvindale sophomore running back Wayne Pettus accounted for all the Cardinalâ€™s scoring (and fumbled to Highland Parkâ€™s Linear Logan for a 57 yard touchdown) without even gaining 100 yards (97 on the ground, two receiving yards).Â Highland Parkâ€™s Linear Logan didnâ€™t fair much better, gaining 65 yards on 27 carries.Â Overall, it was a defensive slugfest.Â Highland Park had a chance to win the game in regulation, but the receiver had one foot out of the back of the end zone.Â Now, if Highland Park beats Ypsi, Melvindale will take a piece of the league crown.
Kalamazoo Christian 42 â€“ Battle Creek Pennfield 12
Homecoming wasnâ€™t fun for Pennfield after being trounced by K-Christian.Â Seniors for Kalamazoo Corey Scheffers and Joel Lindner scored most of the points by hooked up for five touchdowns.Â Their defense allowed only the second touchdown of the season on a 16 yard run by Pennfieldâ€™s Keegan Clark.Â The other score was on a botched punt snap.Â Sheffers had 328 passing yards and six touchdowns for the team ranked fourth in Division 6.Â This sixth win also puts K-Christian into the playoffs.
Cheboygan 41 â€“ St. Ignace 9
Another game that wasnâ€™t very close.Â Cheboygan positioned themselves to win the Straits Area Conference with their 2-0 (5-1 overall) conference record.Â They have two league games coming up in the next two weeks with Newberry this week and Rudyard the following week.Â As long as one of these games doesnâ€™t turn into a trap game, they should win their division and make the playoffs.Â They do end the season with a tough game with West Branch Ogemaw Heights.Â That game should be a nice playoff primer for two teams that could meet again in the playoffs.
Flint Hamady 19 â€“ Byron 14
Flint Hamady Hawks clinched a share of the Genesee Area Blue Conference with their win over Byron.Â It was a close game and it was behind running back Smith-Guise and his 46 carries for 277 yards.Â Thatâ€™s a work horse there!Â Last time I hear about someone carrying the ball that much, it was Michiganâ€™s Chris Perry and his 51 carry 219 yard day against MSU in 2003.Â This is the first time Hamady has been conference champions in 25 years.Â Coincidently, Steve Overweg, Hamady coach in 1982 when they last won the conference gave Flint Hamady a pep talk before the game.