Week Nine Results - Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye (To The Regular Season)

Jeffrey Cottrell

The regular season has come and gone. With the slate of games last Friday and Saturday, some teams went out strong while others whimpered out of football season. There were many surprise teams this season; some of them being pleasant surprises while others being more disappointing in regards to preseason expectations. It’s unfortunate that so many young men will never get to strap on a helmet and play organized football ever again. Hopefully, they made some memories and friendships that they will be able to tell their grandchildren about. With that said, let’s take a look at the results from last week’s action.

MHSAA

Detroit

Clarkston 42 Lake Orion 13

The wolves of Clarkston got the win and the Oakland Activities Association Red Division championship. Quarterback Tyler Scarlett had 126 yards on 21 carries running the ball and also scored three times. Dakota Bender ran 23 times for 156 yards and two more scores. They led 21-0 at the half. Lake Orion Coach Chris Bell didn’t like the performance of his team, and I’m sure he let them know about it. Sean Charette threw for both of Lake Orion’s scores; once from eight yards out to Zach Zott and again from 20 yards out to Dan Ney. These two teams will get to play again on Friday night to see who will get a chance to play Romeo or Grand Blanc.

North

Lake Linden-Hubble 36 Crystal Falls Forest Park 6

The Lakes completed their perfect season, broke and 11 game losing streak to Crystal Falls, and won the Great Western Conference title all in 48 minutes. The star of the game was Lake Linden running back Brandon Sundblad. He ran for 207 yards and three scores on 25 carries. That included two touchdown runs within 52 seconds of each other during the second quarter. Other than a mistake that allowed Crystal Falls’ Josh Siler to get a 60 yard touchdown, they shut down the Trojans. Lakes quarterback Brett Gervais completed three of his 12 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. For Forest Park, Josh Siler ran 11 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. Lake Linden-Hubble hosts Ontonagon Saturday while Crystal Falls travels to Iron Mountain North Dickinson on Friday. If both teams win, they will play next week.

West

Byron Center 18 Holland Christian 13

It took 15 years, but Byron Center has another football banner to put up in their gym. Byron Center took an 18-0 lead into halftime and it was just enough to win the game. Derek Ansley ran 13 times for 128 yards and a touchdown. Zach Cross ran it in from four yards out in the first quarter, Matt Giarmo punched it in from one yard out in the second, and Ansley had an 88 yard run, all before halftime. For Holland Christian, Nic Kiekover threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns going 12 of 28. Conlin Britton caught a 54 yard touchdown and Josh Voetberg hauled in a touchdown pass from 11 yards out. The Maroons had two chances at the end. They completed a pass, and pitched it to another player before he was tackled…but Byron Center was flagged for illegal participation (12 men on the field). Holland Christian had one last chance, but Ansley blocked the pass and the game was over. The Maroons host Spring Lake Friday night while Byron Center plays Hastings Friday at Jenison.

Mid Michigan

Stanton Central Montcalm 14 Remus Chippewa Hills 12

Quarterback Shane Miller and Johnathon Beach took care of the game. They connected for two touchdowns which propelled the Green Hornets to the playoffs and snapped a five game losing streak to Chippewa Hills. Miller also ran for 88 yards. Even though they led 14-0 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Remus wasn’t finished. It was then that the Warriors recovered two fumbles which quarterback Trevor Wyman ran in for scores. Remus had the ball with less than 40 seconds to play and 66 yards to go. It was then that sophomore Tyler Ruffer picked off the Wyman pass to clinch the victory. Stanton Central Montcalm travels to Essexville Garber to take on the Dukes Friday night.

Capital Area

Michigan Center 34 Quincy 0

It’s been 19 years, but Michigan Center is in the playoffs again. On Friday, it didn’t take long to get on the scoreboard. Korey Stewart recovered a fumble on Quincy’s first play and ran it in from 20 yards out on two plays later. Cody Marr returned a punt 60 yards for a score and also ran the ball in from 58 yards out within three minutes of each other. Quarterback Derek Dowding completed four of his nine passes for 74 yards and a 23 yard touchdown strike to Clarence Cornett. Stewart ran eight times for 73 yards and two touchdowns. The defense forced three Quincy turnovers. Michigan Center will play Union City Friday night in first round action.

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