Month: November 2016

Saltzgaber’s Seven Scores Spark Bulldogs en route to District Title

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...

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Lowell Battles Back From Early Deficit, Wins District Championship

Lowell entered Friday night’s contest winners of all ten games this season. In a handful of those games, the Red Arrows had to battle back from a deficit and/or a sluggish start early on in the game. Tonight, in the first ever meeting against Traverse City Central, the Red Arrows once again found themselves down early. But for the eleventh time in eleven tries, Lowell emerged victorious, this time a convincing 42-17. Traverse City Central, a team known for their lofty regular season records each fall, entered Bob Perry Stadium tonight and they appeared unfazed from the start. They got an early field goal, and followed that with a touchdown run, and the Trojans had fans checking the scoreboard on the MSR app across the state in a state of shock, leading 10-0. Lowell, the reigning state runner-ups, remained calm and collected and immediately began to bounce back. Seniors Nate Stephens and David Kruse used their legs to make plays, and brought the Arrows all the way back and eventually in front. Stephens scored a trio of touchdowns on runs of fourteen, fifteen and forty yards, while Kruse used his legs to run on two and ten yard scampers. The Trojans got a late third quarter to cut the margin to eleven, but that was as close as they would get throughout the night, as Lowell responded with two...

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Catholic Central Dominates Allendale in District Final

Photo courtesy of Louis Murray Check out all the pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/45681226@N02/sets/72157674762919921 Grand Rapids Catholic Central, one of the top teams in West Michigan, rolled through the regular season, with one exception, and that included a win over Allendale back in week three. Tonight in the Division 4 District Championship game, the rematch was far less competitive as the Cougars rolled over Allendale 38-7. After Allendale responded halfway through the first quarter to tie the game at seven, momentum in this contest was in a gridlock. The ensuing kickoff gave the Cougars all of the momentum in the world, as...

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Grandville Avenges Lone Regular Season Loss; Tops Rockford 20-9

Last week, in the first round of the playoffs, Rockford avenged a loss to Hudsonville, while the Grandville Bulldogs went back to their shutout ways. This week, Grandville had the opportunity to avenge their lone loss of the regular season and at the same time earn a district championship with a victory over Rockford. The Bulldogs did just that, as they won tonight 20-9 to earn the school’s first district championship since 2003. The defenses played a strong first half, as a field goal by Eric Zebook was the only scoring for either side, giving Rockford a 3-0 edge headed into the locker room. This first half signaled that the contest was going to be very similar to the low scoring affair last month. In the third quarter, the Grandville punt block unit provided the first spark for the team and they deflected a punt and returned it to the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. This gave Grandville all of the momentum in this one, as they rattled off twenty unanswered points to take a commanding lead. A late touchdown by Rockford trimmed the margin to eleven, but it was not enough to overcome a huge start to the second half by Grandville. By avenging the loss, Grandville earned the district title, and they will advance to next week’s regional championship game, where they will take on...

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Putz’s Field Goal Lifts West Catholic to District Title

Photo courtesy of Laurie Timmer   One of the greatest sports cliches involves a player who suffers through some tough times, but when the team needs him the most, he pulls through. Tonight, West Catholic kicker Liam Putz embodied this story, and his 32 yard field goal gave the Falcons a district championship over top-ranked Portland. West Catholic fell behind near the end of the first quarter as Portland’s running game put them up seven. Just less than two minutes left however, Sam Neville hauled in a pass to tie the game up at seven. This game would remain...

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