Traverse City was the host city on a perfect evening for playoff football (44 deg, overcast, and a light breeze). The Jenison Wildcats had made the nearly 150 mile trip North along with several hundred friends and family for their first postseason appearance since 2003. The Traverse City Central Trojans would be playing in their 5th consecutive post season and 6th of the past 7 years. Both squards had been battle tested through the regular season as each had played more than half of their regular season schedule agianst playoff teams (5). This would be the first ever meeting between the two on the grid iron, but as the fans in attendance, those listening on Michigan Sports Radio, and this broadcaster will attest, hopefully not the last time they play. We were about to see an instant classic unfold on the turf at Thirlby Field in downtown Traverse Traverse City.
The game would feature two outstanding quarter backs that were equally unwilling to see their high school career end. Tobin Schwannecke would lead the Trojan Offense. An accomplished passer who can also break the big play with his legs. He had led the Trojan offense to an average of 30 points per game. Meanwhile, Jenison will feature QB Kyle Nott. Nott, a dual threat quarter back as well averages nearly 8 yards per carry and has thrown 23 touchdown passes in the regular season. Although the stats for each of the senior leaders lookes impressive, by the end of the game each of their stat lines would boast video game numbers.
Kyle Nott scored six touchdowns, including five on the ground and one through the air. Nott rushed for 129 yards on 17 carries, and he completed 9-of-15 for 113 yards. Jenison WR/DB Mitch Doxey had five receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown, and he had an interception. Wildcat RB Jarel Jackson rushed for 146 yards on 20 carries and a score.
The First Quarter would only see one score as Schwannecke would run for a 33yd TD. The extra point would fail, but the Trojans were on the board first, 6-0.
The second quarter would be a precurser to the rest of the game, seeing both squads score at a near record pace. The Wildcats would score 3 TD’s and a FG while the Trojans would add 2 TD’s all before the first half would end. Jenisons’ Nott would connect with Doxey for a 16 yd TD catch and also run it in himself twice (15yd and 1yd). Schwannecke would break away on a 92 yard entertaining TD run as well as find WR Sam Schmidt from 24yds out. The tally at the half was Cats 23 Trojans 19.
The third quarter would see the scoring continue although only 4 scores in this frame. Jenison would score on 3 running plays, Nott from 3 and 32 yards and Jackson from 73. The Trojans would also score in the frame on a 8 yard pass from Schwannecke to Jack Sherwin. Headed into the 4th quarter the score was 43-27 in favor of the Wildcats.
The fourth quarter saw the Trojans score twice on runs by Schwannecke, but the Cats offense put the pill in the endzone twice on runs from Nott and RB Brock VanMannen of 48 and 4 yards respectively. The J-Town D would also score as Mitch Doxey would intercept a misguided pass and return it 40 yards for a pick 6. That would be the final TD of the game as the Wildcats would finish in the victory formation as time ran out on the Trojan season. Final score 64-43.
Mitch Doxey was named the Core Power Performance Player of the Game. A large factor tonight on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
With the Loss the Trojan season concludes with a 7-3 overall record.
The Wildcats record is 7-3 overall but will move on in the Division 2 playoffs. The next foe, The Sailors of Muskegon Mona Shores. The Sailors beat the Cats in week 7 but the game was very close right to the end. Look for the well travled Wildcats to aggressivly try to avenge the regular season loss.
Michigan Sports Radio will have the action LIVE from Mona Shores next weekend.