The West Catholic Falcons have won each of the last five Division 5 State Championships. Heading into the final week of the regular season, their fifteen year playoff streak was on the line. In order to extend both of these incredible runs, they would need to take care of business against Coopersville in addition to getting some help from the selection committee. They took care of their end of the bargain on Friday night in a 43-10 win over the Broncos.
In the first quarter, Matt Bilski started the scoring by capping off a lengthy drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Ninety seconds later, Jack Schichtel’s seventeen-yard run paired with a Bilski two-point conversion put the Falcons ahead by 14 points.
The second quarter was the Zach Patin show as the tailback took over. He started with a seven-yard touchdown run, and followed that up with a two-yard score and a two-point conversion. Before the quarter ended, he broke a forty-eight yard run for his third touchdown of the quarter to give the Falcons a 36-0 halftime edge. Patin finished the game with 12 carries for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
Three minutes into the second half, West Catholic scored for the last time as Matt Bilski got an eight-yard touchdown run to extend the Falcons lead to 43 points. It was a strong night for Bilski on the ground as he had 13 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
West Catholic’s running game dominated in this one, as they turned 39 carries into 355 yards and six touchdowns. In fact, quarterback Spencer Zobro only threw five passes, completing three of them for 11 yards. The Falcons’ defense also played strong in this one, holding the Broncos to 159 total yards and forcing a turnover.
With the 43-10 win, West Catholic improves to 5-4 on the season. They finish second in the OK Blue, as their 5-1 league record puts them a game behind league champion Catholic Central. MHSAA Playoff Predictor Snooze2You has the Falcons in his projected playoff bracket in Division 5, but the Falcons will have to sweat it out on Selection Sunday to see where their playoff fate lies. If the Falcons indeed get selected for the playoffs, you can tune back in next weekend at Michigan Sports Radio as they pursue their sixth straight State Championship.