LINDEN – Senior linebacker Noah Evans blocked Cameron Cook’s extra point attempt in the sixth overtime as DeWitt topped Linden 45-44 to advance to a Division 3 regional final game next weekend against long-time rival St. Johns. Jacob Johnson hit Ryan Anderson with a 10-yard scoring pass to give the Panthers (9-2) a 45-38 lead. Mitch Juhl then answered with a 4-yard scoring run before Evans blocked Cook’s extra point to seal the win for DeWitt.
Linden led 17-7 with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Johnson hit Noah Evans with a 30-yard scoring strike. Cameron West then tied the game with a 22-yard field goal with :19 left in regulation. “Linden outplayed us for the first three quarters” said head coach Rob Zimmerman. “But we really came on in the fourth. I can’t express in words how proud I am of my players”.
The teams traded touchdowns and extra points in overtime periods 1, 3 and 4 before the dramatic finish in overtime 6. “Since I’ve been here” said Zimmerman, “it’s the greatest game I’ve been part of.”
Johnson led the way offensively for the Panthers as he went 15 for 29 for 210 yards and five touchdowns. Wideout Ryan Anderson caught seven passes for 105 yards and three scores (all in overtime) and also threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Christopher Ruby in the first quarter.
D: Christopher Ruby 47 pass from Ryan Anderson (Cameron West kick)
L: Patrick Ryan 10 pass from Shayne Brown (Cameron Cook kick)
L: Ryan 9 pass from Brown (Cook kick)
L: Cook 24 field goal
D: Noah Evans 30 pass from Jacob Johnson (West kick)
D: West 22 field goal
D: Justice Shankel 10 pass from Johnson (West kick)
L: Mitch Juhl 4 run (Cook kick)
|Total Net Yards||346||422|
Rushing — DeWitt, Jacob Johnson 12-29, John Lippert 7–2, Breyon Moore 1-1, Nate Trevino 7-61.
Passing — DeWitt, Ryan Anderson 1-1-0-47, Jacob Johnson 15-29-1-210.
Receiving — DeWitt, Ryan Anderson 7-105, Andrew Clements 1-5, Noah Evans 1-30, John Lippert 1-4, Christopher Ruby 1-47, Justice Shankel 3-53, Nate Trevino 2-13.
ST. JOHNS 21, OWOSSO 13
SJ: Tim Haves 21 run (Devin Smith kick)
O: Brad Rigoulot 5 run (Mitch Hugnagel)
SJ: Shayne Krum 22 pass from Bryce Labar (Smith kick)
SJ: Havens 1 run (Smith kick)
O: Robert Geoghegan 2 run (Hufnagel kick)
|Total Net Yards||304||282|
Rushing — Owosso, Brody Edington 1-29, Robert Geoghegan 16-64, Marcus McGill 12-89, Brad Rigoulot 22-94. St. Johns, Jake Ebert 3-6, T.J. Havens 19-80, Shayne Krumm 1-22, Bryce LaBar 9-101.
Passing — Owosso, Robert Geoghegan 4-12-0-52. St. Johns, Austin Cleaver 1-1-0-8, Bryce LaBar 5-9-0-68.
Receiving — Owosso, Ian Johnson 1-28, Marcus McGill 1-9, Brad Rigoulot 2-15. St. Johns, T.J. Havens 2-28, Shayne Krumm 2-33, Devin Simon 2-15.
CALEDONIA 23, EAST LANSING 22
CALEDONIA–Jake Pendred completed 16 of 32 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans (7-4) in the district final as they fell to Caledonia in overtime.
Caledonia got the ball first in overtime, scored a touchdown and tacked on the extra point to make it 23-16. East Lansing would answer with a touchdown of their own, but a missed extra point ended the game and the Trojan’s season.
Caledonia will face Mattawan (10-1) next Friday or Saturday in the Regional Final.
Rushing — Caledonia, Ryan Zoet 19-70.
Passing — Caledonia, Ryan Zoet 5-11–100.
THREE RIVERS 33, WILLIAMSTON 13
TR: Corry Brown 20 run (Ryan Gard kick fail)
W: Devin Smyth 3 run (Ryan Sturgis kick fail)
TR: Maurice Shanklin 1 run (Gard kick good)
TR: Austin Schirk 34 pass from Sam Shutes
W: Smyth 2 run (Sturgis kick good)
TR: Shutes 3 run (Gard Kick fail)
TR: Brown 39 run
|Total Net Yards||415||274|
Rushing — Williamston, Ray Duncan 1-6, Chaz Moore 7-28, Devin Smyth 22-112, Ryan Watters 11-77.
Passing — Williamston, Ryan Watters 5-15-3-51.
Receiving — Williamston, Ray Duncan 1-15, Robbie Harbert 1-9, Kyle Shashaguay 1-3, Devin Smyth 2-24.
PORTLAND 36, OLIVET 0
P: Tanner Allison 6 run (Allison kick)
P: Jacob Kimmel 4 run (J.D. Kerr run)
P: Auston Brandt 80 pass from Allison (Allison kick)
P: Kimmel 1 run (Allison kick)
P: Logan Seal 26 pass from Allison (Allison kick)
|Total Net Yards||101||394|
Rushing — Olivet, Nick Coolidge 14-6, Cash Flower 3-4, Rob Funk 1-1, Shane Loney 5-20, Trent Strang 5-34. Portland, Tanner Allison 5-57, Alex Doolittle 3-10, Sam Goodman 10-50, Garrett Gross 1-5, Caleb Hickling 9-38, J.D. Kerr 1-3, Jacob Kimmell 6-53.
Passing — Olivet, Shane Loney 2-11-1-36. Portland, Tanner Allison 4-8-0-168.
Receiving — Olivet, Tyler Masters 2-36. Portland, Auston Brandt 2-140, Sam Goodman 1-2, Logan Seal 1-26.
ITHACA 49, HEMLOCK 14
ITHACA–Travis Smith passed for 332 yards and five touchdowns, and added 70 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts to lead Ithaca to their 39th consecutive victory and a trip to the regional finals.
Jared Evers had four receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown, adding a rushing touchdown to begin the second half. Zach Allen led the Yellowjackets (11-0) with seven receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns, as Caden Kipp finished with six receptions for 104 yards.
I: Zach Allen 16 pass from Travis Smith (kick failed)
H: Garrett Culver 77 pass from Chase Wiechmann (Cody Konop kick)
I: Jared Evers 10 pass from Smith (Evers pass from Smith)
I: Allen 27 pass from Smith (Sage DeMull kick)
I: Logan Hessbrook 23 pass from Smith (DeMull kick)
I: Evers 15 run (DeMull kick)
H: Dylan Honsinger 3 run (Konop kick)
I: Smith 17 run (DeMull kick)
I: Evers 24 pass from Smith (DeMull kick)
|Total Net Yards||230||445|
Rushing — Ithaca, Jared Evers 3-18, Bryan Shaw 8-25, Travis Smith 16-70.
Passing — Ithaca, Travis Smith 21-32-0-332.
Receiving — Ithaca, Zachary Allen 7-94, Jared Evers 4-60, Markes Gadlen 3-43, Logan Hessbrook 1-24, Caden Kipp 6-104, Bryan Shaw 2-7.
BRITTON DEERFIELD 32, DANSVILLE 2
DANSVILLE– The Aggies season came to an end on Friday night after a disappointing offensive performance at home against Britton-Deerfield.
In the district finals, Dansville’s (8-3) only score came on a botched snap, during a punt, that sailed out of the back of the end-zone. Leighton Merritt led Britton-Deerfield (8-3) with 157 rushing yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, adding a 10 yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter.
B: Nathan Hoffman 1 run (run failed)
B: Leighton Merritt 10 pass from Hoffman (run failed)
B: Merritt 23 run (Cody Meinert kick)
B: Greg Sweinhagen 10 pass from Hoffman (Meinert kick)
B: Hoffman 29 run (kick failed)
|Total Net Yards||294||100|
Rushing — Britton Deerfield, Leighton Merritt 27-157. Dansville, Joe Parsons 7-8, Garret Soule 17-49.
Passing — Britton Deerfield, Nathan Hoffman 7-9-1-61. Dansville, Garret Soule 13-26-4-39.
Receiving — Britton Deerfield, Leighton Merritt 1-10. Dansville, Jeremy Demers 1-3, Jake Grice 1-7, Joe Parsons 4-12, Zachary Runciman 2-16, Cody Williams 4–5.
MUSKEGON CATHOLIC 14, FOWLER 0
FOWLER–Alex Lewandoski rushed for 152 yards and scored two touchdowns including a 70-yard run in the third quarter as Muskegon Catholic Central (8-3) topped Fowler (9-2) in a division eight district final.
The Crusaders piled up 268 yards on the ground while holding the Eagles to just 114 on 36 carries. “We knew coming in that it would be a tough, physical game” said Fowler coach Craig Koenigsknecht. Seniors Tyler Koenigsknecht and John Schafer led the Eagles’ defense with 15 and 10 tackles respectively.
MCC: Alex Lewandoski 1 run (Zachary Campbell kick)
MCC: Lewandoski 70 run (Campbell kick)
|Total Net Yards||328||205|
Rushing — Muskegon Catholic, Alexander Lewandoski 17-152, Tommy Scott 16-78, Zachary Campbell 14-28, Jessie Anderson 2-2, Blake Sanford 3-7. Fowler, Tyler Koenigsknecht 21-54, Napoleon Watts 2-8, Austin Cook 1-0, Austin Feldpausch 6-22, Trent Goerge 2-4, Dustin Wirth 4-5.
Passing — Muskegon Catholic, Zachary Campbell 4-9–60. Fowler, Dustin Wirth 7-21-1-91.
Receiving — Muskegon Catholic, Alexander Lewandoski 1-9, Tommy Scott 2-39, Blake Sanford 1-12. Fowler, Tyler Koenigsknecht 1-1, Napoleon Watts 2-23, Austin Cook 1-28, Kevin Koenigsknecht 2-28.