Photo courtesy of Gary Balcom


West Catholic, one of the most consistent programs in the state of Michigan, have reached the playoffs in every season since 2003, and the state championship in every season since 2012. On Saturday, they took on the Muskrats of Algonac, who have been in the playoffs just four times in their program’s history. The Muskrats were in the semifinals for the first time ever, yet today they met their match as the Falcons shutout Algonac 17-0 to advance to their fifth straight Division 5 Title Game.

Liam Putz, perhaps the most valuable kicker in the OK Conference, started the game off with a 40 yard field goal to put West Catholic in front in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Gaetano Vallone took to the air and found Sam Neville for a 35 yard pass to put West Catholic up 10-0. The Falcons held that lead entering the locker room.

In the fourth quarter, West Catholic sealed the deal with a six yard touchdown, to take a 17-0 lead. They would pitch their first shutout in the postseason since the 2013 state semifinals against Livonia Clarenceville. On Saturday, they will face Menominee in the Division 5 State Championship game.


TimeScoreScoring Play
1Q 4:55WC 3-0L.Putz 40yd FG
2Q 2:02WC 10-035yd pass from Vallone to Neville.
4Q 5:45WC 17-06yd D.Stornaut run.