Author: Nick Tuori

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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Catholic Central Scores 43 Points in First Half in Win over Godwin

Photo courtesy of Louis Murray Check out pictures of the game here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/45681226@N02/albums/72157675779548586 Godwin Heights made the playoffs this season for the second straight season, and for the third time in school history. For the second straight season, Catholic Central were the first round opponent for the Wolverines, and for the second straight season, the Cougars knocked Godwin Heights out of the playoffs with a convincing shutout. Catholic Central jumped out to a lead just forty-four seconds into the game as Nate Fugate rumbled seventy-six yards for a touchdown. Fugate was a part of the two-headed rushing attack for...

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West Catholic Tops Lansing Catholic in First Round Action

West Catholic is the three-time defending Division 5 State Champion, and they have appeared in four consecutive State Championship games. In all three of their championship runs, the Falcons had to go through the Cougars of Lansing Catholic. Tonight, they cleared this hurdle early as they took care of Lansing Catholic in the first round 28-7. Kicker Liam Putz, who has been a strong kicker throughout the season for West Catholic, connected on a pair of field goals from 34 and 47 yards in the first half. The quarterback tandem of David Fox and Gaetano Vallone each accounted for a score, as Fox ran for a touchdown in the first half, and Vallone passed for one in the second half. West Catholic’s defense also chipped in as two-way player Sam Neville intercepted a pass and returned it to the house for a score. With the win, West Catholic advances to the MHSAA Division 5 Region 3 District 1 Finals where they will take on Portland, who has been ranked as high as the number one team in Division 5 this season. This game next week will be broadcasted LIVE here on MSR. SCORING SUMMARY TimeScoreScoring Play 2Q 11:10WC 3-0Putz 47yd FG. 2Q 8:09WC 10-0Fox 3yd run. 2Q 5:27WC 13-0Putz 34yd FG. 2Q 1:28WC 21-0Vallone 52yd pass to Hall 4Q 9:51WC 28-0Neville INT Return. 4Q 0:04LC 28-6E.Rule 2yd...

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Lowell Blows Out Greenville in OK White Rematch

Lowell, the undefeated OK White Champions, re-matched with their week five opponent Greenville in the first round of the MHSAA Playoffs. Their result in Week 5 was a 35-10 blowout, and tonight in the Pre-District Round, the result was very similar. The Lowell Red Arrows played the game very close, yet they emerged victorious 42-17. David Kruse, the quarterback of the Lowell Red Arrows, has been a sturdy offensive player throughout the entire season, and he played great again tonight. He rushed for a trio of first half touchdowns to lead the offensive campaign, with a long of twenty one yards. Senior tailback Nate Stephens stepped up to carry the load for the Red Arrows in the second half, as he ran for three touchdowns on runs of five, twenty-two and fifty-three yards. He and Kruse were aided by the strong offensive line of the Red Arrows. With the win, Lowell advances to the MHSAA Division 2 Region 1 District 1 Finals, where they will take on Traverse City Central, who squeaked out a narrow 13-12 win over inner-city rival Traverse City West on Friday night. SCORING SUMMARY TimeScoreScoring Play 1Q 7:36LOW 7-0D.Kruse 7yd run. 1Q 2:30Tied 7-7C.Syrjala 10yd pass to K.Casson. 2Q 11:45LOW 14-7D.Kruse 15yd run. 2Q 9:32LOW 21-7D.Kruse 21yd pass to A.Buckius. 2Q 5:15LOW 21-10Greenville 21yd FG. 2Q 1:36LOW 28-10N.Stephens 22yd run. 3Q 1:30LOW 34-10N.Stephens 53yd run. 4Q 11:05LOW 42-10N.Stephens 5yd...

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