CORE POWER PERFORMANCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK, WEEK 9:
Bronson Matthew (Kent City): The Eagles blew out Tri-County in the regular season finale, and the tailback led the charge. He scored three times on runs of six, fourteen and thirty yards in the win.
Colton Kloote (Allendale): In a win that secured Allendale’s first conference title since 2008, the senior quarterback was 4/10 for 66 yards, and ran for 124 yards, including the game-winning touchdown.
Freeland Defensive Unit: In a battle of undefeated teams with potent offenses, the Falcons defense was the reason for their victory over Frankenmuth. The Falcon defense held a Frankenmuth offense that averaged 37.3 points entering the night to just three points.
Jack Combs (East Grand Rapids): The Pioneers won the OK Gold championship in their first season in the league, and the senior two-way player contributed with a score on both sides of the ball. He hauled in a sixty-five yard catch for a score in the second quarter, before a pick six in the fourth.
Jack Mandryk (Hudsonville): In the biggest game of the regular season, the Eagles’ senior quarterback took over in the fourth quarter using his legs, as his two touchdowns gave Hudsonville a 14-7 win, and a share of the OK Red championship.
CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 8
Dalton Agers (Hudsonville): The senior tailback has been a strong runner in the backfield all season, and has been previously named a Core Power Impact player earlier this season. Friday night against Grand Haven, Agers ran for three scores in a win.
Eli Longcore (Tri-County): On Senior Night in Howard City, the Vikings’ senior tailback had his best game of the season as he ran for a pair of touchdowns in the second half as Tri-County shut out Fremont 27-0.
Freeland Offensive Line: The Falcons won the TVC-Central with a dominating win over Midland Bullock Creek, and for the eighth straight game the success can be attributed to strong offensive line play. Freeland rushed for seven touchdowns in the victory.
Gaetano Vallone (West Catholic): In the biggest game of the OK Blue season, the Week 1 quarterback Vallone returned to action, and made a huge impact in the second half as he scored on a 90 yard pass and a ten yard run.
Grant Kelley (Sparta): The Spartans’ senior quarterback led the charge in a big win against Comstock Park, scoring four touchdowns and engineering a strong showing racking up 41 points as an offense.
Nolan Darby (Rockford): The Rams clinched a share of the OK Red in a blowout win against East Kentwood, and Nolan Darby led the way win a pair of rushing touchdowns.
CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 7
David Fox (West Catholic): Fox had yet another strong night under center as he was 8 for 9 for 168 yards and a trio of touchdowns, while also using his legs to rush for ten yards and two scores, as WC qualified for the playoffs.
Jack Mandryk (Hudsonville): The senior two-way star, Mandryk scored five touchdowns rushing to go along with 275 yards in a victory over Caledonia, helping Hudsonville qualify for the playoffs.
Mike Malewitz (East Grand Rapids): The Pioneers continued their run atop the OK Gold as Malewitz used his arm to propel them to victory, throwing for three touchdowns (28, 35 and 44 yards).
Nick Isley (Rockford): In the blowout win over West Ottawa, Isley carried the Rockford offense as he scored three touchdowns on runs of seven, fourteen and forty-eight yards.
Wyoming Lee Football Team: Friday night, the Lee Rebels snapped a 27 game losing streak with a victory over Detroit Public Safety Academy, with a 22-0 shut out victory.
CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 6
Alex Fortier (West Catholic): In a blowout win of Comstock Park, Fortier accounted for four touchdowns and 243 yards on the ground on 23 carries.
Bryce Houser (Caledonia): The senior, who was named homecoming king following the Scots’ defeat of Grand Haven, threw a pivotal touchdown pass on a jet-sweep trick-play to put Caledonia in front for good.
Hub Hejna (East Grand Rapids): The Senior Hejna had 221 yards rushing on 27 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and 11 yards on one pass completion along with 2 touchdowns.
Max Kubiak (Freeland): Freeland clinched the playoffs with their sixth win of the season, and in a very balanced rushing attack, Kubiak led the rushing attack with two touchdowns.
Paul Renke (Rockford): In the low-scoring victory over Grandville, Renke’s stop of a two-point conversion kept the Rams in front, and it ended up being the difference in the scoring column as they held on for a 7-6 victory.
Quentin Stevens (Tri-County): Despite a loss to Grant, Stevens led the rushing attack for the Vikings as he scored both of their touchdowns. He had 26 carries for 114 yards on the ground.
CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 5
Alex Blick (Rockford): The Rams have now won three games in a row and Blick is a key part in the revitalization of the offense. On Friday, Blick had seven receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Grand Haven.
Hudsonville Offensive Line: It was too difficult to decide which offensive lineman to select, but seniors Calvin Lurrtsema, Mitch Belka, Lane Potter, Andrew Melter, Noah Debyle and Bryce Akins all helped the Eagles control the line of scrimmage as they rushed for seven touchdowns in a win over West Ottawa.
Jake Tipton (Grandville): The Bulldogs offense churned out 980 yards of offense in their blowout win of East Kentwood, and Tipton was the starting catalyst as he scored the first two touchdowns of the ball game.
Justin Zoet (Caledonia): The Scots got back on the winning track Friday night behind the legs of Zoet. In addition to 28 yards and a touchdown as a receiver, Zoet had 26 carries for 263 yards and three touchdowns.
Mike Malewitz (East Grand Rapids): The Pioneers tied Grand Rapids Christian in the OK Gold standings after a win against Wyoming Friday. Malewitz rushed for a 59 yard score, then threw for two additional touchdowns in the victory.
Sam Neville (West Catholic): A talented two-way player, Neville scored a touchdown on both sides of the ball Friday. He returned an interception for a score in the second quarter, then just six minutes later hauled in a sixty-yard touchdown pass.
Shane Baker (Grandville): Baker was the second part of the formidable rushing duo at Grandville as the Bulldogs totaled 980 yards of offense. The senior running back tallied two touchdowns in the win over East Kentwood.
CORE POWER PERFORMANCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 4
Colton Kloote (Allendale): The quarterback who engineered the offense in their shootout win, Kloote accounted for five touchdowns. He passed for three (twelve, fifteen and fifty-two yards), and ran for two (fifty-four and fifty-six yards). His third passing touchdown was the game-winner with just 4:55 to go.
Drew Courtier (Allendale): The Falcons won in an epic shootout Friday over Comstock Park, and Courtier was part of the explosive offensive display. He had three total touchdowns, two of which were long runs (45 and 82 yards respectively), and the third was a twelve yard pass.
Gahret Metina (Freeland): The Falcons earned a huge win to take control of the TVC-Central when they topped Alma Friday night. Metina scored the first touchdown of the night in the first quarter, and scored the game winner in the second.
Jo Jo Whitley (Comstock Park): Despite losing in a shootout loss, Whitley played very well on Friday night. On just two of his many carries, Whitley ran for 164 yards as he scored on a pair of 82 yard touchdown runs.
Nick Isley (Rockford): Rockford earned their first conference win Friday night at Caledonia, and the Rams won on the legs of Isley. The running back had all three of the Rams’ offensive touchdowns, runs of one, twenty-five and forty-eight yards.
Shane Bakeri (Grandville): Grandville got a huge win Friday, and they now sit alone atop the OK Red with a 3-0 record. Two of their touchdowns Friday were scored by tailback Shane Bakeri, as he scored two touchdowns in the second quarter separated by over an hour of real time (weather delay).
CORE POWER PERFORMANCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 3
Alonzo DeLaRosa (Zeeland West): The Dux ran for 365 yards in their win over West Catholic and DeLaRosa led the way, as he racked up 104 yards and a touchdown on just five carries.
David Fox (West Catholic): Despite the Falcons losing their first game of 2016, their quarterback still had a solid game. Fox finished the game throwing 11/17 for 84 yards and one touchdown. On the ground, he ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns on twelve carries.
Jack Mandryk (Hudsonville): The Eagles got a huge 25-18 win against East Kentwood in their OK Red opener Friday night. Mandryk led the team on both sides of the ball as he had an interception on defense, and he also ran for 91 yards and a score on 27 carries.
Jo Jo Whitley (Comstock Park): Comstock Park got the win in their first league game Friday night against Coopersville on the back of Whitley. The tailback ran for four touchdowns, on runs of nine, twenty-two, fifty-three and fifty-five yards.
Sean Hoey (Holland West Ottawa): West Ottawa’s passing game lit up the Friday night sky in Caledonia on Friday as Hoey led the Panthers to their first victory. He was 14/20 for 410 yards and four touchdowns.
Tim Totengco (Tri-County): Totengco along with Ray Smith led the Vikings defense Friday night as they held Big Rapids to just twelve points. In the biggest play of the night, Tri-County’s defense stuffed the Cardinal offense in a two-point attempt to preserve the victory.
Xavier Wade (Holland West Ottawa): In the Panthers’ win over Caledonia, Wade showed his explosive ability in the receiving game as he scored three big touchdowns. He caught nine passes for 304 yards and scored on catches of 84, 63 and 56 yards to lead the Panthers to their first win of the 2016 season.
CORE POWER PERFORMANCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 2
Anders Leine (Tri-County): The Vikings were winners in Week 2 in a 14-13 come from behind win over Central Montcalm. Both touchdowns came from the arm of Leine, and his seventy yard strike with 4:40 to play ended up being the game-winning touchdown.
David Fox (West Catholic): The Falcons offense was explosive against Muskegon Heights and Fox was strong under center, throwing for four touchdowns. He was nine of sixteen for 193 yards in the win.
David Kruse (Lowell): In the season’s first two weeks, Lowell has two wins against perennial state powers including this week’s win against Rockford. A big amount of the success can be attributed to quarterback David Kruse, who scored twice in Friday’s win. Kruse also used his feet on a key 35 yard run to keep a drive alive, continuing to prove himself as a consistent dual-threat quarterback.
Donnie Burritello (Wyoming): In Wyoming’s big win over Comstock Park, they were led on the ground by Burritello. He rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries in the 38-7 win. The Wolves are 2-0 for the first time since 2012.
Jack Mandyrk (Hudsonville): The senior quarterback/safety played a large role in Hudsonville’s blow out victory over Holt. Mandryk scored the game’s first three touchdowns, two in the air and one on the ground. On the defensive side, the Eagles held Holt to just seven points.
Max Kubiak (Freeland): The Falcons used a heavy workload on the ground (397 total yards rushing as a team) to defeat Chesaning on Thursday night. Though all three running backs could be deserving, Kubiak led the charge as he ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
CORE POWER PERFORMANCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WK 1
Posted by Nick Tuori Aaron Sleeman (Zeeland West): In a low-scoring 14-9 win in which the Dux had two drives of ten plus minutes in the second half, Aaron Sleeman found the end zone twice for Zeeland West. His touchdown with 1:43 in the game put them up for good over Cedar Springs in the lone battle of ranked teams.
Cameron Robinson (Caledonia): Robinson caught his first three varsity touchdowns in the Scots 55-52 win over Fenton. His seven yard catch in the second quarter brought the Scots within seven. In the fourth quarter, he hauled in two touchdowns, a 56-yard strike to pull the Scots within three, and a touchdown with 4:36 to play that sealed the victory.
Connor Bolthouse (West Catholic): Bolthouse was a key player in the secondary and on special teams for the Falcons in their 30-13 win over Jackson Lumen Christi. Bolthouse hauled in two interceptions as well as returning a kickoff 75 yards to the house for a score.
Dalton Agers (Hudsonville): Hudsonville topped Grand Ledge 21-14 Thursday night in the Eagles’ season opener behind three touchdowns from Agers. He scored from 37 to open the scoring column for Hudsonville, then scored on runs of six and three yards in the first and third quarters respectively to carry them to victory.
Gahret Metina (Freeland): Freeland starts the season 1-0 with a convincing 22-6 win over Bay City John Glenn. All three of Freeland’s touchdowns were on the legs of Gahret Metina as he scored on runs of one, seven and twenty four yards.
Keegan Ensing (Zeeland East): Zeeland East scored 39 unanswered points in an epic comeback win over Saginaw Swan Valley Friday night, and Ensing led the charge. His 63-yard strike to Trevor TerHaar gave the Chix a huge amount of momentum headed into the locker room at halftime down just nine. In the third quarter, Ensing had two touchdown runs of 19 and 52 yards, then found TerHaar again for a five yard score.
Michael Silveri (Caledonia): In his first start at quarterback, Silveri led an explosive display of offense for the Scots as they racked up 55 points. Silveri had five touchdowns, two on the ground and three in the air. His touchdown throw to Cam Robinson with 4:36 left to play put the Scots up ten, enough to hold onto a win over Fenton.
Riley Johnson (Coopersville): In the GRidiron Classic matchup against Fruitport, Coopersville found the end zone five times, all on passes from Johnson. He finished the game with 286 yards in the air, and he also threw for three two-point conversions.