Week Ten Results - When The Going Gets Tough...

Jeffrey Cottrell
MHSAA

We started last week with 256 teams left. After last weekend, half of those teams are pulling out the sneakers or bowling balls. The games only get tougher from here on in. As the weather turns bad, teams that have balance in regards to running and passing will be better off than strictly passing teams. On a sad note, Hillsdale lost a game without even stepping on the field of play. Due to a misinterpretation of the transfer rule, they was disqualified from the playoffs. Not only does it affect Hillsdale, it also affected Constantine (who they were scheduled to play this week) and Schoolcraft (the team Hillsdale beat last week). It’s an unfortunate turn of events. Sometimes, the oversights of adults affect the kids in ways that just aren’t fair. So is football, so is life.  When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going.

Detroit

Farmington Hills Harrison 37 Birmingham Brother Rice 27

It was a very close game. Brother Rice had a lead late in the game. Hawk quarterback Tommy Vento threw an interception on the Brother Rice seven yard line. It appeared that the Warriors only had to run out the clock while holding a slim lead. Two plays after the interception, Tommy’s brother Jake recovered a fumble and returned it 61 yards for a score. A two point conversion pushed the score up 30-27. Finally, Aaron Burbridge intercepted another pass and returned it 66 yards to paydirt for the final margin of victory. Tommy Vento finished the game 10 of 20 for 174 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. He also scored on a one yard QB sneak. Derek Head led the Harrison rushing attack with six attempts for 42 yards. On the Brother Rice side, quarterback Tyler Lendzion completed 11 of his 20 passes for 189 yards and two interceptions. Pickens carried the ball 14 times for 70 yards. It’s unfortunate that this game had to be in round one. I’d love to watch them battle for the state title. Farmington Hills Harrison plays Berkley this week.

West Coast

St. Joseph 23 Stevensville-Lakeshore 20

This game was one of those classic seesaw battles that came down to who had the ball last. The winning play was a 20 yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Rush to Bobby Symonds with 1:08 left in the game. Rush finished with nine completions of 18 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 100 yards. It wasn’t easy though; S-L went on a 91 yard, eight minute drive in the fourth quarter and took a 20-16 lead. For Stevensville-Lakeshore, quarterback Alex Padla completed five of seven passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Shelby blocked a field goal and returned it 85 yards for a score. He couldn’t get his run game going though as he ran nine times for 14 yards. St. Joe receiver Bobby Symonds caught four footballs for 40 yards. Joel Bergman was the big player though, with four receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns. St. Joseph plays Zeeland East next week.

Mid Michigan

Saginaw Swan Valley 41 Freeland 14

On the radio show this past week, Hondo lobbed me an easy ball to take my alma mater to win. I did a 180 on him and picked AGAINST Swan Valley. Little did I remember that Swan Valley is great against running teams...it's passing teams they have a problem with. Now, I’m wiping egg off of my face. The star of the night for Swan Valley was running back Jared Briguglio. He ran 24 times for 213 yards and four touchdowns. Also, he caught a 20 yard pass and kicked an extra point. Quarterback Cody Call completed two of his seven passes for 37 yards. Sam Gustin caught the other pass from Call. Briguglio’s backfield mate Johnathan Grace ran the ball 13 times for 136 yards and two more scores. On the Freeland side, Justin Pettenger led the rushing attack with 84 yards on 18 carries and scored once. He also caught two passes for 5 yards. Michael Graebner ran 12 times for 56 yards. Conner Schultz completed four of his 12 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. Swan Valley plays Morley-Stanwood this week.

North

Whittemore-Prescott 14 Traverse City St. Francis 7

Sometimes, a defense needs to work hard all game to get the win. TCSF had the ball in W-P territory many times, but couldn’t come up with points. The scoring started in the first quarter when W-P recovered the opening kickoff at the TCSF 30 yard line. Cody Foreman took it in from three yards out shortly after. The Gladiators responded on the ensuing drive, marching 70 yards in 13 plays capped by an 11 yard Riley Bullough touchdown pass to John Zakzewski. The last touchdown of the game came on a screen pass with less than two minutes left. Cody Foreman caught the pass at the seven yard line, cut across the field, and raced 93 yards for a touchdown. For Traverse City, Bullough finished the night with seven completions on 17 attempts for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also ran nine times for 48 yards. Zakrzewski caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball 19 times for 104 yards. Whittemore-Prescott’s Zach Morgan completed four of his eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also ran six times for eight yards. Cody Foreman rushed nine times for 20 yards and that first quarter score. Justin Irvine ran 10 times for 30 yards. W-P plays McBain this week.

Capital Area

Williamston 58 Lansing Catholic 24

WOW! After Lansing Catholic won 36-34 in the regular season, I expected this to be a very close game. Instead, the Hornets changed from a passing team to a running team and pounded Lansing Catholic to the tune of 462 yards. It only took Williamston three plays to score twice in the first quarter. Every time Lansing scored, Williamston answered back. Quarterback Dylan Schultz completed three of his 10 passes for 40 yards and ran 13 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Corbin Austin ran 10 times for 102 yards and a score. Dylan Monette ran four times for 151 yards and three touchdowns, including a 90 yard kickoff return. For Lansing Catholic, Matt Macksood continued his great work catching the football. He scored three times and caught six footballs for 200 yards. Also, Macksood ran 10 times for 70 yards. Quarterback Cooper Rush completed 13 of his 24 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Williamston plays Goodrich this week.

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