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The Catholic Central Cougars entered Saturday’s semifinals winners of eighteen consecutive games, and one win away from a second consecutive trip to Ford Field. Their opponent, the Eskymos of Escanaba, were one of those eighteen wins, as they fell victim to Catholic Central back in the regional round of 2016. Much like that matchup, the Cougars had little difficulty in winning this contest, advancing to Ford Field with a 24-0 victory.

In the first quarter, the Cougars started the scoring with a 25 yard field goal. After that kick by Alec Winden, the rest of the scoring came as a result of the strong play of star tailback Nolan Fugate. The senior scored three touchdowns in this one, two in the second quarter and one in the third. They were runs of five, one and one yard respectively.

The defense for Catholic Central held strong yet again on Saturday, much like they have in the first twelve games. They pitched their third shutout of 2017, and this was the seventh time that they had held an opponent under ten points.

With the victory, the Cougars will be headed to Ford Field for the Division 4 State Championship game. Their opponent will be the Edwardsburg Eddies, who will enter with an 12-1 record. This game will take place Friday at 7:30.