During the MHSAA Playoffs, the success and leadership displayed by your seniors usually carries you a long way. Friday night in Byron Center, the play of senior quarterback Zack Saltzgaber single-handedly carried the Bulldogs to just the third district championship in their school’s history, and the first since 2013. Byron Center rolled over the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles tonight at home, by a score of 55-28.

Saltzgaber led off the scoring early in the first quarter as he scampered 22 yards to the end zone to put the Bulldogs up by seven. After Christian responded, Saltzgaber took to the air and he found an open Brayden Smith for a 43 yard strike to reclaim the lead.

Grand Rapids Christian would respond as Davante Dickens found his way into the end zone, tying the game headed into the second quarter of play. In the second quarter, the second of the Saltzgaber twins, Josh, added to the scoring fun as he ran through the defense sixty-four yards for a score.

After that score, it was all back to Zack as the senior quarterback would score an incredible five more times to bring his game total to seven, two passing and five on the ground. Grand Rapids Christian scored twice in the second half, but it was not nearly enough as they fell 55-28.

With the win, Byron Center will attempt to win the school’s first ever regional championship next week when they will travel to Muskegon to take on the Big Reds. These two teams met back in September, and even though Byron Center hung around very early in the contest, eventually Muskegon was far too much, winning by a comfortable 49-14 margin. The Bulldogs are optimistic that they can turn their fortunes around this Friday night.

SCORING SUMMARY

TimeScoreScoring Play
1Q 8:59BC 7-0Z.Saltzgaber 22yd run.
1Q 6:02Tied 7-7I.Dykema 7yd run.
1Q 5:00BC 14-7Z.Saltzgaber 43yd pass to B.Smith.
1Q 3:18Tied 14-14D.Dickens 1yd run.
2Q 9:36BC 21-14J.Saltzgaber 64yd run.
2Q 1:54BC 28-14Z.Saltzgaber 26yd pass to B.Smith.
3Q 6:16BC 34-14Z.Saltzgaber 2yd run.
3Q 2:49BC 34-21M.Ellis 5yd run.
4Q 10:55BC 41-21Z.Saltzgaber 1yd run.
4Q 9:02BC 41-28D.Dickens 8yd run.
4Q 6:44BC 48-28Z.Saltzgraber 15yd run.
4Q 0:33BC 55-28Z.Saltzgraber 1yd run.