Two teams with their backs against the wall in the postseason squared off on Friday night. The Sailors and Trojans both entered this game with 3-4 records, so their odds of making the playoffs were already slim. The loser of this game would be eliminated entirely, while the winner had a fighter’s chance at an at-large bid heading into the regular season finale. The defense of South Christian stifled the Trojans and carried them to a 27-7 victory that gives South Christian plenty to play for next week.
In the first quarter of play, South Christian was the first team to score. Chase Bradman, the gunslinger for South, used his legs and plunged through the defense for a one yard touchdown run. After a defensive stand, the rushing attack extended South Christian’s lead. This time it was Daniel Possett who ran from a single yard out for the score. The Sailors took this 14-0 lead into the second quarter.
Middleville was able to get on the board for the first time early in the second quarter. Adam Bush ran for a nine yard touchdown to cut the Sailors’ lead in half. This was the only scoring that the Trojans would get all night. Before the half was over, South Christian struck again. Bradman used his arm and found Elliott Grashuis for a one yard pass with just ten seconds left in the half to push South’s halftime lead to 21-7.
In the second half, South Christian’s defense shut out the Trojans. This was one of their best defensive efforts of the season, as it was the third time this year they held an opponent to single digits (Greenville and Wayland). They got two field goals in the second half off of the leg of Jeff Herrema. He kicked one field goal from 22 yards out, and the other from a very impressive 40 yard distance.
Casey Boomsma, the senior linebacker and running back for South Christian, made a phenomenal defensive play when he recorded a key interception in this victory. It should also be noted that Trevor Hansen made a tremendous play on special teams when he had a return that reached the Middleville thirteen yard line. All hands were on deck for the Sailors in this crucial contest.
With the win, South Christian is now 4-4 on the year. They will try to finish the regular season with a winning record and aim for an at-large playoff berth next week when they face Forest Hills Eastern. The Trojans slide to 3-5 on the season. They wrap up their regular season against Ottawa Hills.