Eight weeks of the MHSAA season have been played, leaving one more guaranteed game for each of the football players across the state. Before we look ahead to the finales, let’s look back at the best there was in Week 8.
Austin Vandermkt (Byron Center): Vandermarkt was fantastic in this game for Byron Center as they moved to 8-0 with a victory over Unity Christian. The quarterback had 200 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, in addition to kicking three extra points.
Cam Terry (Grandville): The Bulldogs had a big upset win over Rockford. Terry had a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, runs of twenty-four and eighty-two yards, to swing the momentum in Grandville’s favor.
Carson Vanderhoff (Caledonia): The Scots defeated Northview by scoring 57 points and racking up nearly 500 yards of offense. The main catalyst was Vanderhoff. He led the way with 20 carries for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
Chase Peddie (Zeeland West): The Dux won the crosstown showdown with Zeeland East. Peddie had 170 yards rushing on twenty carries, including 120 in the second half. He scored a rushing touchdown, and he also added two receptions for fifty-four yards and a score.
Christian Tanner (East Kentwood): The Falcons knocked off Hudsonville and Tanner played a major role in carrying the offense. The quarterback ran for a touchdown, passed for another touchdown, and he also kicked a twenty-eight yard field goal.
Cole Olsen (Central Montcalm): The Hornets’ clinched their first outright conference title since 1999, and Olsen led the defensive charge. He had two interceptions to keep Tri-County off the scoreboard in the second half, as the offense rallied for twenty unanswered points.
Joey Silveri (GR Catholic Central): The Cougars shut out West Catholic and Silveri made a huge impact. He completed all four of his pass attempts for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for eighty one yards and two additional scores in the 55-0 victory.
Marcellus VanderKodde (GR Christian): The Eagles clinched a playoff spot with their victory over East Grand Rapids. Their passing attack was lethal and VanderKodde made some stellar catches. He scored two touchdowns, including an eighty-four yard strike.
Trinidad Chambliss (FHN): Chambliss had a career day on Friday night. He finished 20/30 for 284 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also added sixty five yards and two rushing touchdowns on thirteen carries. In all, he accounted for 349 of Northern’s 410 yards of offense.