Week Nine Results - Born To Be Wild

Jeffrey Cottrell

MHSAA

The regular season has wrapped up and now it’s time for the big boys to play. Welcome to the PLAYOFFS!  Last week’s rivalry games were quite interesting. It’s not difficult to get excited to play these games. Bragging rights are enough, but many times a conference championship is involved as well. Coaches get excited about these games and when a coach gets excited, it rubs off on the players as well. This past Sunday, the MHSAA released its bracket for the football playoffs. You can find that here. Now let’s review what happened around the state last week because we are Born To Be Wild!

Mid Michigan

Midland Dow 24 Midland 0

It’s been quite some time since two things have happened; the Chemics haven’t been shut out since the first game of the 2001 season and Dow hasn’t beaten Midland since 2002. Both of those happened last weekend. It was a close game through most of it, though. Quarterback Brandon Sklenar completed seven of his 14 passes for 92 yards and a second quarter touchdown. That scoring catch was made by Conner Bruns who finished with two catches for 59 yards which includes that 45 yard touchdown. Sklenar also ran the ball 15 times for 147 yards and a 68 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Eric Schwenk attempted 16 runs, but only gained nine yards although he did score a touchdown. On the Midland side of the ball, quarterback Alex Rapanos was back in action after sitting out the Bay City Western game. He completed six of his 17 passes for 56 yards. Alex Albrect accounted for over half of the receiving yards with a 33 yard reception. TJ Wilson ran the ball 19 times for 87 yards.

Northish, more like middle west

Morley Stanwood 27 Stanton Central Montcalm 14

The Mohawks of Morley Stanwood took a game that was all knotted up at the break and finished the regular season with a strong second half to win the Central State Activities Association championship. Hanks and Havens led the rushing attack once again. With 65 yards on seven carries, Hanks was the leading rusher. Havens had a nice game though with 56 yards on 12 attempts and scored twice. Quarterback Travis Zajkowski completed five of his eight passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. On the Stanton Central Montcalm side, they scored twice in quick fashion during the second quarter. Leo Bellows punched in the ball from five yards out to finish a 79 yard drive with only 50 seconds left in the half. On the ensuing kickoff, the Hornets recovered a Mohawk fumble on the 27 yard line. Bellows this time found Jonathan Beach for a 10 yard touchdown pass. After a missed extra point a minute earlier, Bellows ran in the two point conversion to knot the game at 14.

Detroit

Wyandotte Roosevelt 27 Southgate Anderson 0

With a score like that, it’s easy to see why Wyandotte won so many games this season. Over 6,000 fans showed up to watch these two teams battle. It was a scoreless first half and that was fortunate for Wyandotte. They had thrown three interceptions in the half. The Bears got on the board in the third quarter after a bad snap and a poor punt fell into the arms of Tony Parker at the 10 after which he ran into the end zone. Running back Avery Kleist scored from nine yards out to cap a drive which started by a Southgate fumble. Kleist and Tyler Dun combined for 84 rushing yards and each scored. Quarterback Mitch Kell completed five of his 17 passes for 151 yards. On the Southgate side, Mike Currie gained 25 yards on nine carries and also caught two passes for 26 yards. Quarterback Devon Bronson completed four of 15 passes for 80 yards.

West Coast

Hopkins 28 Allendale 14

The game didn’t turn out how Allendale was hoping, so they are putting away the equipment this week as the loss to Hopkins eliminated them from the playoffs. Hopkins used a strong run game to keep the clock moving and defeat Allendale to win the Ottawa-Kent Conference Silver Division title. That running game was headed by Ben Bregg, who scored three touchdowns while running for 193 yards on 21 attempts. Quarterback Mitchel Pavlak only completed one of his three passes for 14 yards. Ethan Green caught that pass. On the Allendale side, running back Trevor Shulz toted the rock 21 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. He also completed 11 of his 17 passing attempts for 122 yards and a score. Nick McDonald caught two of his passes for 40 yards and a score.

Capital Area

Perry 40 Durand 22

Anyone got the goods on this barn burner? Durand finishes the season 0-9. I know exactly how that feels, and it’s not good. Perry had more wins this season as the previous three combined.

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