Harper Creek utilized a big first half to rout Coldwater 38-3 on Friday and clinch a share of the SMAC East Division title as well as a playoff berth.
The victory helped the Beavers improve to 6-2 overall and 6-0 in the SMAC East. It is Harper Creek’s third-straight conference title, and it can clinch the outright championship with a win over Battle Creek Central next week.
The Beavers finished with 273 yards of total offense, with 159 coming on the ground. Anthony McNichols rushed for 60 yards, all coming on a reverse for a touchdown. Kasey Carson had 42 yards rushing, including a 9-yard touchdown run, and Connor Bauserman had a rushing touchdown as well as a 50-yard touchdown reception. Zach Testolin hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Harper Creek quarterback Trevor Johnson finished 4-of-8 passing for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Alec Fisher also connected on a 32-yard field goal.
Brandon Hutson led the defensive effort for the Beavers with seven tackles and an interception. Carson and Tristian Bredehoft had six tackles apiece.
Coldwater (1-7, 1-5 SMAC East) was led by Ken Garrett with 74 rushing yards on 15 carries. Cooper Murphy had 48 yards on 16 attempts, and Blaze Watson kicked a 25-yard field goal.
(At) Marshall 27, Sturgis 7: Tony Wimberly had 25 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns to help keep Marshall’s playoff hopes alive. Also for the Redhawks (5-3, 4-2 SMAC East) Danny Welke threw 8-for-12 for 164 yards and a touchdown. Lucas Blanchard caught an 87-yard touchdown pass and Landry Reynolds had three receptions 34 yards. Jesse Bouwens had an interception while Braden Banfield returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown.
Loy Norrix 21, (At) Gull Lake 20: Alex Meade ran for 123 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns in the loss. Also for the Blue Devils (2-6, 2-4 SMAC East) Tyler VandenMolen was 11-of-28 passing for 39 yards. Defensively, Jake Stafford had 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. Nick Miller intercepted a pass and returned it 56 yards for a score. Kyle Kellogg, Nate Tomlinson and AJ Shoemaker each recovered a fumble.
(At) Galesburg-Augusta 35, Maple Valley 8: Galesburg-Augusta’s Richie Waite had 102 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, while adding nine tackles and a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown. Also for the Rams (2-6, 2-6 KVA), Jordon Born was 4-of-7 passing for 91 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Luke Ragotzy had an 86-yard interception return for a score, while Kyle Mallwitz had 11 tackles.
Maple Valley (3-5, 3-5 KVA) was led by Garrett Miller with 96 yards on eight carries. Dylan Kennedy had 64 rushing yards, including a 45-yard touchdown run. Defensively for the Lions, Matt Wehr had 10 tackles, Diego Pesina had seven tackles, Tommy Mudge had four tackles and an interception and Austin Gonser had an interception.
(At) Reading 36, Union City 30: Union City’s Josh Holton had 110 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Also for the Chargers (5-3, 4-3) Brady Johnson threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns; Taylor Howard had 115 yards and a touchdown on four catches, and also added a 4-yard touchdown run; and Scott Alwood kicked a 31-yard field. Johnson led Union City’s defense with seven tackles and an interception. Chris Rieger had six tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery and Lucas Vaccaro had two fumble recoveries.
(At) Jonesville 57, Athens 13: Athens’ Austin Monk had 257 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Boston Kinney had 214 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Defensively for the Indians (0-8, 0-7), Devan Kinney had 10 tackles, Hayden Bowersox had nine tackles, Hunter Cook had a fumble recovery.
Homer 58, (At) Quincy 14: Homer’s Chaz Hopkins ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries, while Kyler Gay had 11 carries for 55 yards and two scores. Also for the Trojans (4-4, 3-4 Big Eight), Alex White was 6-for-14 passing for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Quincy (2-6, 1-6 Big Eight) was led by Jimmy Strock with 24 carries for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Tristin Haylett and Bryce McCavit each had 10 tackles.
Climax-Scotts 36, (At) White Pigeon 8: Climax-Scott’s Dakota Nowakowski ran for 54 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Alex Lodes had 150 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 27 yards. Quarterback Zach Nabozny threw 4-for-4 for 66 yards. Defensively for Division 8 eighth-ranked C-S (8-0, 6-0 SCAA), Kirk Gibson had 12 tackles and one forced fumble. Samuel Eshuis and Nabozny each had a fumble recovery and Malachi Satterlee had 12 tackles.
(At) Colon 52, Camden-Frontier 6: Colon’s Aaron Balizet ran for 233 yards and five touchdowns on 11 carries, and also threw 4-for-5 for 88 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Johnson had 47 receiving yards and a touchdown, Brandon Kauffman had 68-yard touchdown run and Ronnie Moyer ran for 34 yards and a score on nine carries. Defensively for the Magi (5-3, 3-2 SCAA), BRad Yoder and James West each had six tackles and Kyler Thibbideau and Ramsey Potter recovered two fumble apiece.