Author: Nick Tuori

West Catholic Dominates Jackson Lumen Christi in Season Opener

Photo Courtesy of Laurie Timmer   Last fall, Jackson Lumen Christi and West Catholic met in the season opener. These two played a very close game that Lumen Christi took 22-21. This year, these schools met again in Week 1, but the Falcons make a large statement in a 30-13 victory. On the opening possession of the game, West Catholic marched down the field but turned the ball over inside the three yard line. Lumen Christi returned the favor as they fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a safety, giving the Falcons a 2-0 lead. On...

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Zeeland East Scores 39 Unanswered Points to top Swan Valley

In the second game of the GRidiron Classic at Davenport University, the Zeeland East Chix took on the Vikings of Saginaw Swan Valley, a program that has made the program seven of the past eight seasons. Swan Valley jumped out to a hot start as they drove down the field on their first drive without hesitation, capped off by a seven yard run by Emmett Boehler. Just moments later, on the very first play of the second quarter, Boehler struck again as he was on the receiving end of a 78 yard touchdown from Alex Fries to put the Vikings up 14. Three minutes later, the Vikings offense scored again as Boehler broke free for a 54 yard touchdown run to give Swan Valley a 21-0 lead. A blowout in favor of the visiting team from Saginaw seemed very likely. In perhaps the turning point of the game, Zeeland East fielded the ensuing kickoff and nearly broke it for a touchdown. This would lead to Donovan Dy reaching the end zone on a short run to put the Chix within two scores. After a fast stop, Ensing found Trevor TerHaar on a deep ball 63 yards for a touchdown, and Zeeland East was right back in it down 21-12. In the third quarter, quarterback Keegan Ensing took over as he ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third...

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Catholic Central Opens New Stadium With Convincing Win

Photo Courtesy of Louis Murray   For the sixth straight season, the Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars opened the year taking on the East Grand Rapids Pioneers. This year however, the Cougars opened their season at home, their own home field. Catholic Central opened up their brand new state-of-the-art stadium Friday night in front of a packed house that was electric. Along with the off the field environment, the on the field talent did not disappoint as they dominated East Grand Rapids in a 27-6 victory. After an interception, the Cougars faced a short field early in the first...

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Gahret Metina’s Touchdown Trifecta Lifts Freeland Past Bay City John Glenn

Freeland football, looking for their third straight trip to the regional finals, started their 2016 campaign against Bay City John Glenn on Thursday night. The Falcons rode to victory on the legs of Gahret Metina, who scored all three touchdowns in the 22-6 win. Bay City John Glenn opened the game with a pooch kick, which the Falcons returned all the way to the John Glenn 37 yard line. Metina capped off that drive with a seven yard run to open the scoring column with a 7-0 lead. On the next possession, the Bobcats responded with a 20 yard...

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Addison Mitchell of Lakeview Runs Tri-County Out of Town

Tri-County and Lakeview have opened the season against each other in both 2014 and 2015, with both games being decided by a touchdown or less. This year, Lakeview sophomore running back Addison Mitchell made sure that it would not come down to the final possessions. Mitchell had 13¬†carries for 199 yards and a touchdown, along with a 33-yard touchdown reception to carry the Wildcats offense to a 37-6 victory. Just over three minutes into the game, Mike Zerka scored from one yard out to put the Wildcats on the board with a 7-0 lead. Addison Mitchell entered the scoring column as his 25 yard run just twelve seconds into the quarter put Lakeview in front 14-0. The Wildcats would score ten more points before the break as a 32 yard field goal by David Larson and a 33 yard reception by Mitchell put this game out of reach at halftime. Trailing 24-0, the Vikings finally scored with one second left in the third quarter as quarterback Cayden Luchies’ pass was hauled in by Kyle Acton. The two point conversion was unsuccessful however, and Tri-County still trailed by 18. Lakeview would score two more times in the fourth quarter, both on short runs, and they would win this contest 37-6. The running game for the Wildcats was far too strong for Tri-County to contain, an issue they will have to...

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