2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: PRE-DISTRICTS
Cedar Springs OL: Bryce Empie, Cody Gott, Dylan Tannis and Paul Duran anchored the Cedar Springs offensive line on Friday night as they paved the way to victory. They blocked their way to almost 300 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.
Gio Weeks (Kent City): The Eagles advanced to the district finals with a strong run game, they completed zero passes. Weeks led the way for Kent City as he carried the ball twenty times for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Jason Whittaker (Rockford): The Northwestern commit had a great weekend. In addition to a 3OT win by his future school over the Spartans, he prolonged his high school career by throwing four touchdowns in a 36-0 win over Grand Ledge.
Nolan Fugate (Catholic Central): The senior tailback scored a trio of touchdowns, a fifteen yard rush and a twenty-one yard catch in the first half, followed by a seventy-nine yard clinching rush in the second half.
Ryan Todd (Cedar Springs): The Red Hawks came away with an upset victory last Friday, and Todd was a driving force. He had 14 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown.
2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 8
Chase Novak/Marcus Remtema (Rockford): This duo combined for the most pivotal play in the Rams win over Kentwood. Late in the third quarter with the game tied at ten, Novak blocked a field goal attempt and Remtema scooped up the ball and returned it 90 yards for the touchdown.
Gaetano Vallone (West Catholic): The Falcons fell to Catholic Central on Friday, but Vallone had yet another stellar evening. He had 183 yards and three touchdowns on sixteen completions, and he also added 132 rushing yards on 20 carries. All in all, he accounted for all but seventeen of West Catholic’s total offensive yards.
Garrett Metiva (Freeland): The senior tailback put Freeland’s offense on his back in the biggest game of the season. They clinched their tenth straight playoff trip with his three touchdown effort against Carrollton.
Luke Majick (Forest Hills Central): The Rangers won the OK White Friday night, and the quarterback for FHC was the main reason. He finished Friday’s game 14 of 17 for 336 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a late rushing touchdown.
Riley Johnson (Coopersville): The Broncos clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008 thanks to the stellar play of Johnson. He had four touchdowns in the win against Holland, including three on the ground.
Ryan Ringler (Cedar Springs): The Red Hawks fell to FHC, but Ringler had a strong Friday night. He rushed for three touchdowns, accounting for all of Cedar Springs’ touchdowns.
Tanner Ching (Tri-County): The Vikings earned their first win of 2017, and the junior tailback was the driving force. He had 16 carries for 138 yards and three touchdowns, while also logging twelve tackles on defense.
2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 7
Isaac Van Dyk (West Ottawa): The Panthers topped Rockford, clinching their first OK-Red title share since 2005 when the league crown was split four ways. Van Dyk accounted for three touchdowns in the second half, two through the air (26 and 55 yards), and a two-yard rush for a score.
JoJo Whitley (Comstock Park): His team fell short on Friday night to Catholic Central, but Whitley’s performance should be recognized as well. Against one of the best defenses in West Michigan, Whitley found a way to score three times on runs of seven, twenty and sixty-eight yards.
Luke Majick (Forest Hills Central): Hallock (below) led the way on defense, but for the Rangers on offense, Majick provided the necessary production to spearhead the first win over Lowell in 18 seasons. He was 6/9 for 64 yards through the air, and he also added 23 carries for 125 yards and three touchdowns.
Nolan Fugate (Catholic Central): Typically, it is hard-pressed for a player to be nominated two weeks in a row, but Fugate gave us no choice this time around. He rushed for 477 yards, the fourth-highest single game total in MHSAA history, and five touchdowns in the Cougars’ 57-50 win over Comstock Park.
Tate Hallock (Forest Hills Central): The Rangers defeated Lowell for the first time since 1999, and Hallock was the driving force defensively. He forced a pair of fumbles in the first half, stalling one Red Arrow drive, and turning the other one into six points. In the third quarter, he also intercepted David Kruse, his third turnover of the night.
2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 6
Alex Fortier (West Catholic): The Falcons running attack was dominant against Comstock Park on Friday, and Fortier (along with Lee below) carried the workload. He led WC in carries with 21, and he turned them into 169 yards and a score.
Cayden Schneider (Coopersville): The Broncos dominated Spring Lake 46-10, and Schneider was the catalyst. He did a little bit of everything in this one as he rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, hauled in six catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and even managed to complete a 35-yard pass.
Connor Davis (East Grand Rapids): The Pioneers got a huge conference win against Grand Rapids Christian on Friday in large part to the production from Connor Davis. He took the opening kick back 92 yards for a touchdown, then added a pair of second half touchdowns rushing the ball to seal the victory.
Marcus Remtema (Rockford): The Rams’ defense was stout on Friday night, pitching a shutout of Grandville, who was ranked #9 in the Remax-United Power Poll. Remtema led the way for the Rams as he scored on a fumble return in the 3rd quarter.
Matt Dow (Hudsonville): The Eagles put together their best offensive performance of the year Friday night against Northview, as they scored 28 points. Dow led the way with two touchdown rushes, including the go-ahead 8-yarder.
Nolan Fugate (Catholic Central): The Cougars rolled over Sparta, 35-6, and the leading rusher for Catholic Central was Nolan Fugate. He found the end zone three times on Friday night, with touchdown runs of 1, 26 and 31 yards. Zack Lee (West Catholic): The Falcons played a tough one against Comstock Park on Friday night, and Lee was part of a two-headed running attack (Fortier above) to lead the way offensively. He finished the night with four rushing touchdowns and 136 yards on eleven carries.
2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 5
David Jackson (Kelloggsville): The Rockets’ running back finished with 152 yards on just nine carries in a win over Calvin Christian. He spearheaded an attack that had three running backs reach the century mark on Friday.
Gaetano Vallone (West Catholic): Can anyone stop this kid? Vallone becomes the first three-time nominee in 2017 after the Falcons rolled over Coopersville. He would finish the night 11 of 14 throwing the ball for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He also racked up thirty-two yards on seven carries.
Garrett Metiva (Freeland): After a pair of nominations a season ago, Metiva cracks the Core Power Performance IPOTW list for the first time in 2017 after a two-touchdown performance in a win against Midland Bullock Creek.
Isaac VanDyke (West Ottawa): The Panthers’ hot start continued Friday night against Hudsonville, and their quarterback led the charge. He accounted for all three touchdowns, two in the air and one on the ground.
Jack Bowen (Catholic Central): The Cougars recorded a defensive shutout, but their quarterback play was also noteworthy on Friday night against Spring Lake. Bowen finished the contest by throwing 12 of 20 for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
Susu Davenport (Godwin Heights): The Wolverines had no problems with Cadillac, and Davenport makes the IPOTW list for the second time this season. He finished the game with 415 yards and five touchdowns through the air on just 15 of 20 passing the football.
2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 4
Gaetano Vallone (West Catholic): The Falcons shut out Spring Lake, but the offense also shined, led by their quarterback. Vallone finished the game 11/23 for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He was also the second leading rusher with 40 yards.
Isaac Dykema (GR Christian): For the second time this season, Dykema had a POTW performance with MSR in attendance. On Friday against South, Dykema went 23/30 for 386 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 33 yards on 11 carries.
James Patrick (GR Christian): The Dykema-Patrick tandem continues to be unstoppable as Patrick was on the receiving end of nine passes. He turned that into 181 yards and a score in a big win over South Christian.
Maliq Thompson (Rockford): The Rams dominated Caledonia, and the tailback led the offensive charge. He had three touchdowns on runs of one, fourteen and twenty-six yards.
Riley Johnson (Coopersville): The Broncos got a big win over Sparta and the quarterback had a solid game. He finished the night 23/36 for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Tony Nikodemski (Coopersville): The senior led the Broncos defense with fifteen tackles in a close win over Sparta.
2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 3
Aaron Repke (Big Rapids): The Cardinals topped Tri-County, and the QB was the leader of the offensive attack. He finished the game with 127 yards and a touchdown through the air, and he also added sixty-five yards on the ground.
Erik Grabow (Catholic Central): The Cougars exploded offensively as they scored 56 points. Grabow scored a trio of touchdowns he caught a nine yard pass and rushed for 34 and 35 yard touchdowns.
JoJo Whitley (Comstock Park): The Panthers scored a win against Coopersville, and Whitley scored three touchdowns in the second half on runs of three, ten and sixteen yards. Kyle Dent (East Kentwood): The Falcons also took home a win on Friday night, and Dent’s efficiency in the air led the way. He accounted for all three of their touchdowns on throws of 4, 51 and 53 yards.
Tristen Robbins (Mona Shores): The Sailors came away with an overtime win over Rockford, and the quarterback had a strong game. He scrambled for a 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and then found Keyshawn Summer for a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 2
Caleb Bronkema (Caledonia): Bronkema is the Scots’ QB, but it was his rushing ability that put him on this list in Week 2. He finished the 42-34 loss with 267 yards and 3 touchdowns on 26 carries.
Cayden Schneider (Coopersville): Schneider had three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, as they defeated Hamilton 35-31. His last rushing touchdown was the game-winner with 1:23 to play.
CJ Denman (Stanton Central Montcalm): The Hornets rushed for over 250 yards as a team in their win over Tri-County, and Denman led the way. He finished the contest with 161 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
Isaac Dykema (GR Christian): The connection from Dykema to Patrick (below) was dynamic in the Eagles win over Caledonia. Dykema would finish the night 14/22 for 350 yards and four touchdown passes.
James Patrick (GR Christian): The Eagles topped Caledonia 42-34 in an explosive display of offense led by Patrick. He finished the night with seven catches for 190 yards and four touchdowns.
Riley Garrison (Warren DeLaSalle): The Pilots defense was stout, but the play of their kicker was outright phenomenal. Garrison, the second kicker ever nominated for the honor, converted a 20-yard field goal, made all four extra point attempts, and controlled field position with deep kickoffs.
Susu Davenport (Godwin Heights): The senior quarterback had a phenomenal week two under center as he accounted for four touchdowns (three rushing and one passing) to lead the Wolverines over Hesperia 43-13. Tyler Shea (Freeland): One of many solid weapons in the Falcons’ backfield, Shea scored two touchdowns against Chesaning. His second score from two-yards out would seal the deal in a 34-25 win.
2017 CORE POWER PERFORMANCE IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 1
Andrew Haan (South Christian): In the season opener, Haan led the way for the Sailors to open with a win. He passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, and added nine carries for 74 yards. On defense, he came down with an interception. Finally, he is also the kicker, and he made four extra points and recorded three touchbacks on kickoffs.
Austin Fedewa (Caledonia): The Fighting Scots got in the win column in Week 1, and Fedewa played a huge part. He scored their first touchdown of the game with a sixteen yard run, and then gave them the lead for good in the fourth quarter with an impressive sixty-eight yard reception.
Bryce Clay (Forest Hills Central): The senior led the way for the Rangers in their 41-0 win over Jenison with a trio of touchdowns. He hauled in a pair of interceptions, including an 100-yard return for a touchdown, and also added scores on a punt return and a carry.
Eli Haddad (Rockford): The Rams defeated Saline in Week 1, and Haddad had huge contributions on both sides of the ball. He made an incredible one-handed catch on a 59-yard touchdown, and then followed that up with a crucial interception.
Gaetano Vallone (West Catholic): The Falcons may have lost in Week 1, but their quarterback put up yet another strong week. He finished 13/25 for 203 yards and three touchdowns passing, and he added 172 yards on 26 carries on the ground.
Mike Malewitz (East GR): The senior QB led his team to victory over Farmington Hills Harrison by scoring three touchdowns, one in the air and two on the ground.
Sebastian Toland (Jackson Lumen Christi): In an impressive road win in the season opener, the tailback was the star. He finished Friday’s game with 253 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.