Week Ten - Pre District Playoff Results

Jeffrey Cottrell

The playoffs are in full swing. While there were a few surprises, many games turned out like people thought. There were even some blowouts. With only 24 days until the first state final begins, teams are looking to win again this week and get closer to that Michigan shaped trophy. Now that we are in Districts, the competition should go up and the games should be closer. It will only get tougher from here. Let’s get into last week’s action.

North – Division 7

Merrill 50 Fife Lake Forest Area 23

Man was I wrong. I thought this would be a much closer game. The Vandals ran all over the place up in Fife Lake. They had over 400 rushing yards and 500+ yards of total offense. Merrill QB Jason Pratt had 204 yards rushing and a TD. When he threw the ball, he went 11 of 17 for 127 yards and four touchdowns. The rest of the rushing yards came by the feet of Ricky Chapin. He carried 23 times for 200 yards and a touchdown. With the win, Merrill will go up to Traverse City to take on the always tough Traverse City St. Francis at Thirlby Field.

Mid Michigan – Division 5

Freeland 49 Saginaw Swan Valley 22

This game was all about Freeland senior Alix Fisher. He tore up the Vikings for 207 yards and four touchdowns. His backfield buddy, Justin Pettenger, had 137 on 13 carries for the Falcons. Freeland totaled 448 yards on the ground. Joe Ruhlman only completed one pass for Freeland, but that pass was a five yard touchdown just before the half. It wasn’t easy though. Swan Valley scored on their opening possession; a 73 yard, 14 play drive which ended with SV quarterback Cody Call running it in from six yards out. Then, Swan Valley intercepted a pass and Marck Berden ran it 65 yards on the first offensive play after the INT. After those two scores, it was all Freeland.

Detroit – Division 2

Birmingham Brother Rice 28 Rochester Adams 21

When two powerhouse football teams meet, you throw the records out the window. In a game that would have been better suited for the semi finals (or finals even) than the first round, the Warriors found a way to win. Frankie Popp, BBR quarterback went 10 of 22 for 175. Late in the game, he found Kevonte Martin-Manley for a 66 yard touchdown pass to tie the score. Adams quarterback Andrew Waszak went 15 of 25 for 297 yards and two touchdowns. One of those went to Joe Reynolds who had 158 yards on seven catches. With time winding down, Brother Rice had the ball just on their side of midfield. They went to Dan Henneghan who ran for 27 yards, pushing them deep into Adams territory. He was also the player who scored the winning touchdown with less than 30 seconds left. On the night, he had 25 carries for 172 yards.

West – Division 2

Lowell 62 Lansing Everett 42

The Red Arrows scored at will on Friday. They turned seven of their first eight possessions into touchdowns. Lowell quarterback Kyle Nichol ran for 242 yards and four scores while completing eight of 15 passes for 169 yards and three more touchdowns. Red Arrow running back Austin Graham had 135 yards and two scores. Their big time wide receiver, Torsten Boss, had five catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. On the Everett side, they racked up 338 yards and put more points on the board against Lowell than anyone this season. Reggie Williams went 13 of 19 for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball 11 times for 105 yards and three scores, including a 67 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Capital Area – Division 1

Grand Ledge 38 Battle Creek Central 32

Grand Ledge likes to pass the ball around.  This week, they decided to run the ball to try and beat BCC. It worked. Tailback Steven Kingery ran 24 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns. GL out gained BCC 485 to 398 behind their strong running game, which tallied 313 yards. Nick Kissane went eight of 20 for 172 and a touchdown. He also ran in another. With a high scoring game like this, Grand Ledge kicker John Tomasek got a workout. He kicked five extra points and a 25 yard field goal. Future Spartan Larry Caper had a nice night. Caper ran the ball 29 times for 241 yards and scored four TDs. They had a chance at the end; the Bearcats needed 90 yards and another touchdown to win the game but couldn’t get it done. Ohio State bound receiver James Jackson did not play in the game.

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