In 2015, Walled Lake Western and Lowell battled in their season opener, a narrow 42-40 win by the Warriors. In last year’s semifinals, Lowell worked their way past Walled Lake to advance to the championship game with a 49-35 win. For the second straight year, Lowell and Walled Lake Western met in the state semifinals with a berth to the finals against Detroit King on the line. Some explosive offense by Cody White, a Michigan State commit, was enough for Walled Lake to reach the state finals.
Two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter put the Warriors in control early. Cody White, who has spent time at quarterback and wide receiver throughout the season, accounted for two touchdowns in the first half, on two runs of 24 and 61 yards. At halftime, Walled Lake Western led 31-14, appearing well on their way to the title game.
Walled Lake scored first to start the third quarter as Cody White hit Kam Ford on a 40 yard touchdown pass. It appeared over for Lowell as they trailed by twenty three points with just under ten minutes left in the third quarter. Just nineteen seconds after the touchdown pass, Lowell’s Nate Stephens burst through the hole for a fifty-four yard touchdown. Senior quarterback David Kruse added a pair of touchdowns, and with about eight minutes left, Walled Lake Western’s lead was cut to three points.
The Warriors held on to secure the victory, a 37-34 win over Lowell, will advance to the Division 2 State Championship, their first appearance in the championship round since 1999, when they defeated Utica Eisenhower to win the Division 1 Championship.
|1Q 8:05||WLW 7-0||J.Tracy 7yd run.|
|1Q 1:35||WLW 14-0||K.Ford 6yd run.|
|2Q 11:08||WLW 14-7||D.Kruse 7yd run.|
|2Q 10:56||WLW 21-7||C.White 61yd run.|
|2Q 7:33||WLW 24-7||Field Goal|
|2Q 1:03||WLW 24-14||D.Kruse 2yd run.|
|2Q 0:23||WLW 31-14||C.White 24yd run.|
|3Q 9:45||WLW 37-14||C.White 40yd pass to K.Ford|
|3Q 9:26||WLW 37-21||N.Stephens 54yd run.|
|3Q 3:04||WLW 37-27||D.Kruse 1yd run.|
|4Q 7:46||WLW 37-34||D.Kruse 15yd run.|