MHSAA Football Week One Recap!

Jeffrey Cottrell

Week one is in the books! The opening game jitters and butterflies are gone. Now it’s on to correcting the mistakes and in many cases, prepping for the first conference opponent. The first games stretched from Thursday until Saturday night. They were breaking in new coaches, new players, new offenses, and new fields. It was a very exciting week! Let’s review the games from last weekend.

DeWitt 38 Mount Pleasant 14

It was a fantastic first varsity game for sophomore quarterback Jacob Johnson. He had his hand in on all five of DeWitt’s touchdowns. For the game, he completed 14 of his 26 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Also, he ran the ball 17 times for 54 yards and two more scores. Ryan Anderson caught eight of those passes for 129 yards and two scores while Andrew Clements caught three for 65 yards and that other receiving touchdown. For Mount Pleasant, it was not pretty. They turned the ball over six times. Quarterback Cory Williams completed four of his 13 passes for 98 yards and a score while running 12 times for an additional 54 yards. Michael Tweh was held in check, with 14 carries for 85 yards. Receiver Antonio Povinelli caught three passes for 95 yards and a score. Jonny Clark caught two for 22 yards and Mount Pleasant’s other touchdown.

Ishpeming 34 Iron Mountain 0

Like Mount Pleasant, this game had a lot of bad breaks for Iron Mountain. They had a punted ball hit a player which Ishpeming recovered and a punt snap that sailed over the punter’s head a little while later. Ishpeming capitalized on both miscues; quarterback Alex Briones hit RJ Poirier for a 15 yard touchdown and Eric Kostreva ran in a score from the five yard line. Bobby Zhulkie led Ishpeming in rushing with 11 attempts for 58 yards and a score. Briones passed six times, completed four of them for 106 yards and two scores while also rushing for 27 yards on eight attempts. Adam Prisk caught the other touchdown pass from Briones from 56 yards out. For Iron Mountain, Paul Brooks led the rushing attack with 72 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Zach Jacobs completed two of his eight passes for four yards. Eric Dompierre, the student with Down syndrome who successfully petitioned the state to change part of the age rules, attempted two extra points and one kickoff. The Iron Mountain players showed their class by not contesting his attempts. The Ishpeming players walked over to shake hands after the attempts. According to the Daily Press, Dompierre said, “It feels good to see everybody watching me and it makes me happy when the players give me some confidence.”

Muskegon 21 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 14

The first half was pretty tight. Fullback John King scored first for Muskegon on a two yard run. OLSM Parker McInnis caught an 11 yard pass from quarterback Matt Linehan to tie the game with under a minute left to play in the first quarter. That’s how the scoring stayed until the third quarter when King again scored but from seven yards out this time. Javontae Langston recovered a fumble in the end zone for another score. OLSM’s Linehan found Tyson Smith for a 24 yard TD strike as the game ended for the final score. Linehan finished with nine completions on 25 attempts for 149 yards and two scored. The running game, considered the best in the state by some, was held in check all night. For Muskegon, quarterback Jalen Smith (who beat out Thrower for the starting spot) completed four of his 12 passing attempts for 40 yards. Marcus Smith led in rushing yards with 103 on 11 carries. John King toted the rock 19 times for 88 yards and two scores.

Detroit Cass Tech 25 Brother Rice 18

This was a tough game between two very good teams. Like the other games, one team makes a few too many mistakes and it cost them. Damon Webb had a huge hit on a Brother Rice receiver and jarred the ball loose which Joe Journey picked up and ran into the end zone. Gary Hosey ran in a score from 74 yards away that really put Brother Rice away with just over two minutes left in the game. Brother Rice did score on a safety and a 33 yard field goal. Extra points were not working well though. Brother Rice QB Cheyne Lacanaria hit John Flye for a 44 yard score. Rice RB Brian Walker also scored on a six yard touchdown jaunt. Cass Tech QB Jayru Campbell completed 11 of his 24 passes for 160 yards, a score, and an interception. The two distractions were hard to ignore. One report I read said that there was a gun fired which caused the Cass Tech players to hit the ground and the Brother Rice players to sprint off the field. There was also a fight that stopped game play for a few minutes.

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