Week Ten/Playoffs One - Close games and blowouts
The first week of the playoffs have come and gone. Some teams are still out practicing in some unseasonably warm weather. Other teams have shed their tears and let it sink in that football is over for them. Some have even played their last game. The rest of the teams are just thinking about next week and how to improve over last weekâ€™s outing. For us fans, we get to watch some awesome games between teams that weâ€™ve probably seen play already this season. Speaking of which, why do they do that? Iâ€™d rather travel to watch a game as opposed to watching teams play for the second time in a season. My other pet peeve is Mid Michigan teams having to travel to the UP while Detroit teams stay close to home. Last year, Saginaw Swan Valley had to go to the Yooper Dome to play Menominee. Yea, they were closer than Hillsdale was but why not let some other teams travel? This year Mount Pleasant has to travel to Sault St. Marie for their second playoff game. But that's just my opinion on the subject. Now that Iâ€™ve given my opinion, letâ€™s get into some facts.
Holt 25 Battle Creek Central 18 (Division 1)
In a close game, it all comes down to who makes plays in the final quarter. BCC wasnâ€™t able to make plays in the second half. They let their 18-15 lead slip away. With about nine minutes left in the game, BCC recovered a fumble at Holtâ€™s 16, but penalties and plays for no gain lead to them going for it on 4th and 27 from Holtâ€™s 33 yard line. A sack put them in a real tough position. Holt drove to BCCâ€™s 20 and scored a field goal to tie the game. Battle Creek couldnâ€™t do anything when they got the ball back and had to punt. Holt got the ball at itâ€™s own 39 yard line with 1:13 remaining on the clock. They drove the field and scored a four-yard run by Holt quarterback Michael Hollern with 10 seconds on the clock to get the victory. Holt will host Rockford on Friday.
Melvindale 14 Allen Park 7 (Division 3)
In a shocker for the home team, Melvindale came into town and left with the W. Jaisaâ€™un Holt came off the bench to spark the offense. He had 174 yards on 11 completions and also threw for a touchdown. This is the quickest playoff exit for Allen Park since the 1994 season. That happens when you throw three picks (4-19 for 75 yards) and take three sacks. Melvindale has been working hard to make a name for themselves. Coach McKinney put it like this, â€œThey used to call us little brother to Allen Park, but it looks like weâ€™re the big brother now.â€Â Melvindale will host Carleton Airport Friday night.
Suttons Bay 41 Kingsley 8 (Division 6)
The Norsemen ran away from Kingsley and took the ball game with them. Leading that charge was Anthony Stewart. He set the schoolâ€™s single season touchdown record at 22 behind a 25 carry, 216 yard, four-touchdown performance. He also blocked a punt and laid the wood while blocking downfield. Even though Kingsley didnâ€™t win the game, their coach was still very proud of the way his team played. He said they werenâ€™t the most athletic, but still carried in the proud tradition of Kingsley football through hard work and comradery. Itâ€™s tough to win when your starting quarterback breaks his collarbone the week before. This week Suttons Bay will host Montague on Saturday afternoon.
Climax-Scotts 36 Lawrence 14 (Division 8 )
Typically, C-S is scoring a lot, and in a hurry. What they donâ€™t typically do is give up many points early in games. This week was a little different. The score at the end of the first quarter was 20-14 in favor of Climax-Scotts. Those two scores would be all that Lawrence would get though. Not bad for their first playoff game, especially one against a great team like Climax-Scotts. C-S ran for 311 total yards with nine players carrying the ball. Jordan Langs had 17 tackles for C-S from his safety position. Climax-Scotts hosts Martin Friday night at 7.