The Muskegon Catholic Crusaders and Shelby Tigers began their Division 6 playoff journey on Friday night. These teams came in with opposing records, as the undefeated Crusaders were the #1 seed while Shelby occupied the #8 spot. An explosive first half of offense helped Muskegon Catholic Central get their seventh win of 2020. They took home this game 62-0.
Dane Rutz started the scoring with a four yard touchdown run. After a quick stop, Max Price broke off a thirty-five yard touchdown that extended the lead to thirteen points. Before the first quarter ended, Max Price found Elliott Riegler on a fifteen yard pass to give the Crusaders a 20-0 edge.
Just over a minute into the second quarter, Riegler broke off his second touchdown of the night. His fifty-six yard sprint gave the Crusaders a 27-point lead. After a stop, Max Price and Sam Convertini paired up for a twenty-eight yard touchdown. At the end of the half, Joseph Waller rushed for a sixty-six yard touchdown to give MCC a 41-0 lead.
Coming out of the locker room, the running clock was in effect and the offensive opportunities were limited for the Crusaders. On the opening kickoff of the half, Elliott Riegler fielded the opening kickoff and ran eighty yards for a touchdown. Bailey Williams added a thirty-two yard touchdown rush to give MCC a 55-0 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Muskegon Catholic Central would add one touchdown in the fourth quarter on a three yard plunge by Nick Powell.
Tonight’s Redi Rental Crusader of the Game is Elliott Riegler. He scored three different ways in this game, and he racked up 155 all-purpose yards in this win.
Muskegon Catholic Central will advance to take on Harrison next week. The Hornets advanced to next week’s district semifinal with a win over Sanford Meridian.