Two of the state’s best programs since 2000 squared off on Thursday night, as West Catholic met Muskegon Catholic Central. West Catholic, who have seen their teams rack up six State Championships since 2000, got the best of Muskegon Catholic, who have won seven State Championships this century. It was a rather one-sided affair, a 28-6 win for the Falcons.
In the first quarter, Tim Kloska continued his strong start to 2021 with a rushing touchdown. He was able to power through the Crusaders’ defense for a 13-yard rushing score, giving West Catholic a 7-0 edge.
The Falcons would double their lead by halftime, though they went to the air for their next touchdown. Noah Arsulowicz found an open Michael Ignatoski, and the duo paired up for a 17-yard touchdown.
Kloska found the end zone for a second time to open the second half scoring midway through the third quarter. He found the endzone from three yards out. Elliot Zainea added to the Falcons’ scoring tally with his own 2-yard touchdown plunge. This gave West Catholic a 28-0 edge heading into the final frame.
Nick Powell finally broke the scoreless drought for MCC, as the tailback had a 6-yard touchdown run. It was a frustrating night for the Crusaders offense, as they mustered only 162 total yards. Joe Waller was bottled up by the Falcons, as the star tailback had only 80 yards on 18 carries.
Tim Kloska, the other star running back in this ballgame, lived up to the billing for West Catholic. He turned 24 carries into 134 yards and two touchdowns. Noah Arsulowicz was effective as well under center, completing 8/14 passes for 146 yards and the touchdown to Ignatoski.
Next week, West Catholic will begin OK Blue play with a road test against Allendale. Muskegon Catholic Central, meanwhile, is currently without a Week 3 opponent after Orchard View cancelled their season.