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.

SCORING SUMMARY

TimeScoreScoring Play
1Q 8:05WLW 7-0J.Tracy 7yd run.
1Q 1:35WLW 14-0K.Ford 6yd run.
2Q 11:08WLW 14-7D.Kruse 7yd run.
2Q 10:56WLW 21-7C.White 61yd run.
2Q 7:33WLW 24-7Field Goal
2Q 1:03WLW 24-14D.Kruse 2yd run.
2Q 0:23WLW 31-14C.White 24yd run.
3Q 9:45WLW 37-14C.White 40yd pass to K.Ford
3Q 9:26WLW 37-21N.Stephens 54yd run.
3Q 3:04WLW 37-27D.Kruse 1yd run.
4Q 7:46WLW 37-34D.Kruse 15yd run.