Week Six Results - The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Jeffrey Cottrell

Now that we are through Week Six, there are many teams already qualified for the playoffs. Snooze2you.com is a great resource for projected playoff teams and which region they might get put in/who they may play. As for last week’s games, a few were close and a few were blowouts. That’s the great things about high school football, and really, football in general. Any team can win on any night; it’s all who makes the plays and takes care of the ball. With only three games left on the schedule, things are getting tough. Bodies are sore from seven weeks of pounding and some kids are counting down the days until football is over. The mentally strong are getting excited about the prospects of being in the playoffs. Let’s get into the games of last week.

Detroit

Detroit Catholic Central 27 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 0

The 65th annual Boys Bowl turned out great for the Shamrocks. They beat up OLSM to take a share of the Catholic League Central Division title. Running back Niko Palazeti had 145 yards and a score on 25 carries. On his final run, he did separate his shoulder slightly. The tough defense of DCC was able to shut out the Eaglets for the first time in their last 123 games and keep them to 121 yards and six first downs. Meanwhile, DCC gained 330 yards of total offense, with 299 coming on the ground. The shutout was Detroit Catholic Central’s fourth of the season.

North

Negaunee 22 Norway 15

Norway quarterback Jalen Bal had the perfect setup for an upset; (he went eight of 22 for 136 and a pick) the Knights were driving, down by a touchdown, and the clock had 37 ticks left. Unfortunately, the star in the secondary (which was Nathan Alexander, according to Negaunee coach Paul Jacobson) intercepted the pass and sealed the victory for the Miners. Alexander played great in the secondary and also blocked well for his teammates. Cody Dagenais had 150 yards and a touchdown on 33 attempts. Quarterback Tyler Nault ran 12 times for 115 yards and a score. All in all, they totaled 309 yards on the ground. Norway only gained 17 yards on 17 carries.

Mid Michigan

Carrollton 31 St. Charles 6

One year later and the results are the same; the Cavaliers of Carrollton won the game. They forced four turnovers and turned them into points. On one of those turnovers, Jay-Jay Perry stripped the ball and Zach Palmreuter took it 90 yards the other way for a score. Palmreuter also intercepted a pass, kicked a field goal, and tossed a 55 yard touchdown. Running back Robert Essex had 30 carries for 219 yards and two touchdowns. For St. Charles, they were led by Dugan Roosa who had 43 yards and their only touchdown on 13 runs. He also completed five of his 14 passes for 81 yards and an interception. If St. Charles can win their next two games, including the one against Ithaca in two weeks, they will share the crown with Carrollton and Ithaca.

Capital Area

DeWitt 42 Fowlerville 7

With the win, DeWitt won at least a share of the CAAC Gold title (their fourth straight). If they can beat Ionia Friday night, they’ll win the conference outright. The Panthers passed for 166 yards on 19 attempts and ran 36 times for 200 more. Nathaniel Deak led the way with 14 carries for 97 yards and four scores. Quarterback Jimmy Williams completed 10 of his passes, one for a touchdown, and also ran in a score. For Fowlerville, Joe Rajala had 17 carries for 73 yards.

West

St. Joseph 24 Portage Central 21

The weather wasn’t fantastic and it forced Coach Brett Foerster and his Portage Central Mustangs out of their game plan. They turned the ball over six times, had a blocked punt, and gave up an 80 yard touchdown on the first play of the game. St. Joseph tailback Jamaal Jackson had 206 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries. Portage quarterback Jeremy Renda was 11 of 20 for 196 yards, two touchdowns, but he also fumbled twice and was intercepted twice. Renda was able to connect with Nick Capasso for a 43 yard score late in the third and an 11 yard touchdown to Kalman Perjesi to pull within three with a little over four minutes left on the clock. The Portage defense forced a punt and they started on their 36 yard line with just under two minutes left in the game. On second down, Renda was intercepted by DeVonte Jones (his second interception) and the game was effectively over.

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