The 2nd week of the MHSAA season has come and gone. Some incredible action can be summarized here on the recaps page. This week’s Remax-United Power Poll can also be found here. The last piece of our weekly coverage is the Core Power Performance Impact Players of the Week, found below.
Billy Bernecker (EGR): The Pioneers are back in the win column after a Week 2 victory over FHN. One of the key cogs on the defense was Bernecker, a senior for the Pioneers. He had five tackles, a sack, and two tackles were for loss. He also opened many holes in the run game with great lead blocks at the fullback position.
Brenden Brechting (Newaygo): The Lions bounced back with their first win of the season over Chippewa Hills. Brenden Brechting was the star of the show offensively, as he ran for three touchdowns. They were from eight, nine and twenty-nine yards.
Carson Vanderhoff (Caledonia): The Scots got in the win column with their victory against Cedar Springs, in large part to their ability to run the ball and control the time of possession. Vanderhoff carried the bulk of the load for the Scots as he got 141 yards and two touchdowns out of his 24 carries.
Chase Peddie (Zeeland West): The Dux are 2-0 on the season after another impressive display of offense against Grand Rapids Christian. Peddie was the main catalyst, as he rushed for 217 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Gregory Miller (Tri-County): The Vikings took home the Week 2 victory over Big Rapids, in large part to due to the hard work by Miller. In the fourth quarter, Miller recovered a fumble and ran it into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
Ja’Kaurie Kirkland (Northview): The Wildcats are 2-0 thanks to some explosive offensive plays on Friday. Kirkland provided four of these highlight reel moments with long touchdown runs. He burst through the Wyoming defense with runs of 38, 57, 60, and 82 yards that resulted in touchdowns.
Owen Burk (Allendale): The Falcons were big winners on Friday against Greenville. Burk was the star of the show, as he had sixteen yards passing, 158 yards rushing, 63 yards rushing and accounted for four touchdowns
Owen Syrek (Coopersville): The Broncos lost to Hamilton in Week 2, but Syrek had a phenomenal game offensively. He hauled in 10 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Zach Gillespie (Lansing Catholic): The Cougars hosted West Catholic and doubled them up in a 56-28 game. Gillespie was a large difference in this one as he accounted for four touchdowns. He started the scoring with a two-yard run early in the first quarter. Later in the quarter, he used his speed on defense when he intercepted the ball and returned it 105 yards for a score. In the second quarter, he scored two more touchdowns, both from four yards out.