While the Lions and Tigers will be watching Sunday to see where they play game 10 the season came to an end for the Packers, Panthers and Red Devils.
Kent City and Morley from the Silver will also be playing on as will the Gold Champs of Central Montcalm and Reed City one of 3 teams finishing in a tie for second in conference play.
Hesperia 44 Shelby 7
The Panthers ended an up and down season on a high note with a road win over the Tigers.
Hesperia scored in four plays to start the game 6-0 and Shelby (after a short kickoff) answered back with a TD and the PAT kick to take a 7-6 lead.
It would be short lived as the Panthers would March right down the field and score again to take a 14-7 lead that they would never relinquish as they finished with 470 total yards of offense including 410 on the ground.
Logan Pearson led the rushing attack with 168 yards on 14 carries including a pair of touchdowns.
Logan Balkema has a stellar all around game with 93 yards on 9 carries and connected twice on passes for 49 yards including a 20 yards TD pass to Kaiden Robbins.
Johnny Majersky also scored twice on the ground finishing with 54 yards on 7 carries. Majerski also got into the air game with a pair of passes including one that found freshman Armondo Escobedo for an 11 yard TD.
Balkema finished with 14 tackles, many of them text book tackles, as he was all over the field, in his final game as a Panther.
“We were really motivated tonight, by some of the stuff we were hearing.,” said Coach Bolles. “e finally put it all together and left it all on the field,”
“ I’m extremely proud of my kids, especially my seniors for going out on top.”
The Panthers finished the season 3-6
Lakeview 22 Fremont 0
The Wildcats scored on an interception halfway through the first quarter and it was all they needed as the visiting Packers failed to score for the first time since their opener.
The hosts scored twice more and Fremont finished the season without a win to extend the school’s current skid to 14 games.
Tristen Marfia gained 82 yards on the ground for the Pack and Cody Andree twice connected with Christian Kennedy who also notched a completion with a pass to Carter Dunbar.
Kyler Kolk led the defense with 9 tackles and Dennis Zacharias added 5.
Grant 28 Kent City 21
Grant and Kent City faced off tonight in the regular season finale. Both neighboring schools entered the night with 6-2 records and both teams were looking for a win to help with their respective playoff seeding.
Grant opened the scoring in the 1st quarter after Kent City fumbled inside their 10-yard line. Orion Evans scored a 7-yard touchdown run after Grants offensive line opened a huge hole on the first play of the drive. Kent City responded on the next drive, marching 68 yards to tie the score at 7. Grant rattled off the next 21 points to take a 28-7 lead. Kent City battled back to cut the deficit to 28-21, but the Tigers defense, as they have done all year, rose to the occasion and keep the Eagles from scoring late, holding on for a 28-21 victory.
Offensively the Tigers amassed 202 yards rushing on 38 carries. Junior Brendan Keelean lead the Tigers with 103 yards rushing on 10 carries. He added a 14 touchdown pass to Junior Brett Long. Orion Evans added 70 yards on 13 carries, including touchdown runs of 7 and 10 yards. Senior Billy Ostyn added a 41 yard TD pass to Long with :28 seconds left in the half.
Defensively the Tigers were led by Junior Isiah Powell with 11 Tackles, 1 for loss. Junior Trevor Lowry added 9 tackles, 1 for loss. Brett Long contributed 9 tackles, 2 for loss. Sophomore Brady Jacobs and Senior Jarrett Railling added 8 tackles each. Orion Evans was a “take away machine” tonight with 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery.
This game was vital for playoff seeding for both schools andCoach Geraghty called tonight a “total team effort” for Grant.
“We knew Kent City was a well-coached team that knows how to win late in the season”. The offense gave us a lead tonight, the defense did exactly what they had to do to seal the victory”.
“I’m proud of these kids, I’m proud of these coaches and I am happy for this community”.
Grant finishes their regular season at 7-2 while Kent City stands at 6-3. Both schools await Sunday nights MHSAA Playoff Pairings show to find out where they will play in round 1.
Newaygo 54 Saranac 13
The Lions roared into the postseason with a runaway romp over their hosts from Saranac. David Gonzales rambled for 243 yards and 3 TDs while Brenden Brechting piled up 132 and a TD on the ground and tossed a pair of scoring shots to Jacob Jibson and Wismar. Brechting went 6-10 on the night for 144 yards.
Newaygo sped to an early lead and reached intermission holding a 34-6 advantage.
Jake Klekotka tallied 2 rushing TDs while leading the Lions in tackles.
The Lions finish the regular season at 6-3 and will learn Sunday who,where and when they will play next week. They already know the what and why and this week will work on figuring out how.
Tri County 40 Holton 0
The Vikings finish the season at 4-5 while Holton wne 1-8 with the only win a forfeit over White Cloud.
Beal City 21 Morley Stanwood 14
Alma 27 Big Rapids 7
Millington 41 Central Montcalm 18
Reed City 52 Pine River 6
Freeland 25 Chip Hills 21