The undefeated No. 10-ranked Climax-Scotts Panthers got started early Friday night in their first playoff game and never looked back, defeating St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic, 34-7, in this Division 8 contest.
Climax-Scotts will play the winner of Colon/Mendon in the second round next week.
Alex Lodes had a key play early for Climax-Scotts with an 86-yard touchdown run, igniting the C-S team and the crowd.
“Alex has some serious speed. He is the reigning state champion in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. But he really made a key play because we used a play we don’t often run and it really seemed to open up the rest of our offense,” said Climax-Scotts head coach Kevin Langs.
Late in the first half Climax-Scotts was well on its way to the win after Kirk Gibson scored from three yards out to make it 27-0 before intermission.
Lake Michigan showed some fight to start the second half and marched 80 yards scoring on their first drive as Jack Hardman scored to put points on the board.
“Coach Learman, (Head Coach of Lake Michigan Catholic) saw some things and really came at us after the first half. He made some changes which caused us to make some adjustments. My defensive coordinator Tyler Langs has done a great job all year of making adjustments and filling in the gaps,” said Kevin Langs.
Climax was led on offense by Lodes in the backfield with 180 yards on the ground, two rushing touchdowns, and one touchdown through the air. Gibson added 50 yards with two touchdowns and also had seven tackles and two interceptions. The Panthers’ Malachi Satterlee racked up nine tackles and one sack.