Week Three Results - Takin' Care of Business

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Another exciting week of high school football has come and gone. Week three pitted some strong feelings and hard nosed football teams against each other. Some teams are 3-0 and half way to making the playoffs already. Other teams have to win the rest if they are going to make a playoff run. Let’s take a look at last week’s slate of action!

West Coast

Kingsford 26 Muskegon Catholic Central 13

It wasn’t that the Flivvers did anything crazy against the Crusaders; it was just good old power football. The big and experienced offensive line pushed the way to victory. Coach Chris Hofer has seven senior starters on his offensive line. Kingsford jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. Erik Kleisner ran a 52 yard touchdown and Andy Ross scored from one yard out. Kevin Wickstorm scored for Muskegon CC in the second quarter on a two yard run. Kleisner added another touchdown in the third on a 24 yard counter. Paul Deyaert added a 25 yard scoring run in the fourth. The Flivver defense was able to hold speedy Damon Armstrong in check, who had 350 yards rushing coming into the game. When it was all said and done, Kingsford had gained 303 yards of total offense to MCC’s 150.

Capital Area

DeWitt 33 Haslett 20

The first thing I want to say about this game is a quote from my colleague Matthew Anderson of the website www.VarsityNewsNetwork.com, “no lie, just got back from covering the hardest hitting, through all 48 minutes of the game, I have ever seen at the high school level.” Matthew goes to a lot of games, so when he says something like that, I’ve got to believe it. Just like last week, DeWitt quarterback Caleb Higbie had plenty of work to do late in the game. He threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 97 yards and two more. The last running touchdown came with 11.8 seconds left to put his team up 27-20. Ethan Rennaker intercepted the ball shortly after and ran it back for a score to complete the game. Senior running back Nathaniel Deak ran for 119 yards on 10 carries. Jordan Johnson caught five passes for 125 and a score. Rennaker also had 12 tackles. On the Haslett side, Marcus Jenks caught a 57 yard scoring pass from Adam Foren with 2:49 to play that tied the game at 20. Jenks finished the game with 68 yards rushing including a 27 yard scoring play.

Mid Michigan

Reese 41 Harbor Beach 0

Sometimes I pick great games (see the game just above this). Sometimes, I pick clunkers. Reese had a great game and spread the ball around. Cody Somerville led the way with 125 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts. Troy Elbers ran 12 times for 59 yards and two more scores. Quarterback Kyle Yaklin only attempted four passes, but completed two of them for 20 yards. This win puts Reese at 3-0 and half way to the playoffs.

Detroit

Lake Orion 44 Pontiac 13

The first thing we need to look at in this game is Lake Orion running back Marques Stevenson. His coach Chris Bell says he is the best running back in the state. When the final whistle blew, he has rushed for 208 yards, including touchdown runs of 43, 69, and 74 yards. Quarterback Sean Charette hit Danny Ney for a 41 yard touchdown pass. He also had an eight yard pass for a score to Zack Zott midway through the second quarter.  Pontiac head coach Brad Zube had his team making long drives (three drives of 10 or more plays), but mistakes ended them. Quarterback Jonathan Steed hit Patrick Johnson for a 33 yard touchdown reception which closed the game to 9-7, but that was as close as they got.

North

Suttons Bay 60 Mesick 16

Sorry for picking another clunker. It was 34-8 at the half thanks to multiple big plays. Layton Korson ran 57 yards for a touchdown. Noah Reyhl retuned a fumble 89 yards for a score. David Horton hit Korson for a 10 yard score and Nic Cross for a 27 yard touchdown. Reyhl finished the game with 354 all-purpose yards. That in my mind is amazing, even at the high school level. 159 of those yards came on 13 carries and 180 came on returns. Mesick’s quarterback Ben Brown completed 12 of his 27 passes for 164 yards. Shawn Bates recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score in the second quarter and Mike Rojas ran 58 yards for a score in the third. Rojas also made both two point conversions.