Alex Doyle threw three touchdown passes to Jon Niland of 18, 18 and 93 yards, and Niland also had a 20-yard rushing score as the St. Philip High football team blanked Burr Oak 56-0 on Friday night in 8-man action.
Both teams were 2-1 going into the battle, and Tigers coach David Downey said he found out quickly that his squad was up for the task.
“You take those long bus rides, and it’s kind of scary because you’re not really sure if your team will be ready to play or not and I thought we might have our hands full,” Downey said. “But we jumped on them right off the bat, and all of our kids played really well tonight.”
St. Philip’s other TDs came on a 57-yard punt return by Hunter Haley, a 42-yard interception return by Rich Yacovoni, and an 18-yard fumble recovery and a 22-yard run by Brayden Darr. David Downey went 8-for-8 with his point-after kicks.
Defensively for the Tigers, Tyrus Sonnaborne had 10 tackles (two for losses), Kevin Greenman had seven, and Trevor Searls (two for losses), Darr and Yacovoni had six apiece.
Climax-Scotts 41, (at) North Adams-Jerome 0
The visiting Panthers improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the SCAA with a win in a game that had some unusual scoring antics and statistics.
Alex Lodes scored three TDs on his only three carries on the night and gained 202 yards overall on the ground. Also, Kirk Gibson had two carries for 82 yards and a TD, and he also returned a punt 80 yards for a TD. Defensively for C-S against NAJ (0-4), Dakota Nowakowski had eight tackles.
(At) Olivet 34,
Trent Strang scored on runs of 1 and 35 yards and also threw a 47-yard TD pass to Tyler Masters as the Eagles improved to 3-1 overall and in the KVA.
Also, Nick Coolidge added a 6-yard TD run and three point-after kicks, and finished with 164 yards rushing on 23 carries. Austin Visger added a 3-yard scoring run and Russell Piley had a PAT.
Cash Flower led Olivet in tackles against Hackett (2-2, 2-2) with 10, four of which were for losses; Scott Cook had nine tackles (three for losses); Shane Loney had eight tackles; and Brett Whitely, Coolidge and defensive lineman Corey Huffman had interceptions.
(At) Gull Lake 33, Coldwater 14
Quarterback Ryan Mutchler threw for three touchdowns and was 14-for-22 overall in the air for 347 yards as the Blue Devils won this SMAC East tilt.
Zac Caldwell caught two of Mutchler’s TDs (68 and 19 yards) and also a 2-point conversion pass, and has seven catches for 168 yards on the night. Mutchler’s other scoring strike was a 34-yarder to Alex Meade. Also, Pat Gaudard had a pair of 4-yard TD runs. Gaudard led Gull Lake (2-2, 2-0) in tackles with eight, and Caldwell recovered two fumbles.
Coldwater (0-4, 0-2) received a 35-yard TD pass from Ryan Hadley to Skylar Reincke and a 2-yard TD run from Austin Siegel, and Blaze Watson kicked two PATs.
Maple Valley 14, (at) K-Christian 13
Austin Gonser scored on a 27-yard run as time expired and added a 2-point conversion run to lift the visiting Lions (2-2, 2-2) to this KVA victory. Gonser also scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter for Maple Valley against Kalamazoo Christian (2-2, 2-2). Garrett Miller rushed for 79 yards for the Lions, and Tyler Hickey 74. Defensively, Ben Doorn had 19 tackles, Brandon Erwin eight and Matt Wehr seven.
Colon 42, (at) Tri-unity Christian 0
Ryan Johnson scored on a 5-yard run and caught one of Arron Balizet’s two TD throws — a 15-yarder — as the Magi improved to 3-1 overall.
Balizet’s other scoring toss was a 42-yarder to Tyler Schipper. Also for the Magi, Jessie Binkley scored on a 2-yard fumble recovery, Brad Yoder found the end zone on a 75-yard interception return, and Brandon Kauffman ran in a score from 24 yards out. Tackle-wise, Yoder had five six for Colon, Binkley had five, and Ramsey Potter, Andrew Mock, James West and Kyler Thibideau had four apiece.
(at) Quincy 7
The Orioles’ lone TD came on a 64-yard run by Jimmy Strock in the first quarter, and Connor Bassage kicked the point-after. Strock finished with 104 yards rushing on 13 carries for Quincy (1-3, 0-3 Big Eight), and he was also the team’s leading tackler with 17. Additionally, Bryce McCavit had 14 tackles, and Jordan Cekander and Bryan Morrow had fumble recoveries vs. Jonesville (2-2, 2-1).
(At) Bellevue 30, Adrian Lenawee Christian 14
Zach Webb threw touchdown passes of 38 yards to Ethan Bloch, 47 yards to Cole Madry and 8 yards to Tyler Lane in the Broncos’ home victory. Darren Sommers also rushed for a pair of scores for Bellevue, on runs of 8 and 12 yards. Defensively, Bruce Madry had 12 tackles, and Cole Madry six.
(at) Tekonsha 14
The host Indians (0-4) scored on a 36-yard screen pass from Riley Lloyd to Graye Rueppel, a 4-yard run by Jermey Scherer and a safety by Isaac Mead in eight-man play. Matt Katz had 10 tackles and a blocked field goal against Litchfield (1-3), Scherer had eight tackles, and Rueppel and Mead had seven tackles each.