Photo Credit: Lou Murray
The Middleville Trojans welcomed the Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars to town on Friday, with GRCC holding a 29-game winning streak. The streak reaches the 30-game threshold with their 51-0 drubbing of Middleville.
In the first quarter, GRCC scored twice. First, John Passinault used his legs on an 11-yard touchdown run. Two minutes later, Passinault found Nolan Zeigler open for a 3-yard score. This put the Cougars ahead by 14.
Scoring picked up in the second quarter, where GRCC scored four touchdowns. Passinault and Zeigler paired up for another score, a 33-yard touchdown strike. With four minutes until halftime, the Cougars defense recorded its second safety of the season, pushing the lead to 30-0. Connor Wolf would enter at this point in the game, and he found Zeigler for his first strike, a 32-yard touchdown. Joe Mullet returned to the scoring fold with his reception of 44 yards, a pass thrown by Wolf.
In the final frame, already ahead by 44 points, the Cougars’ defense had one more scoring trick up their sleeve. Austin Baxter was able to step in front of a Trojans’ pass, and he raced down the sideline and into the end zone from 48 yards out. This concluded the scoring at 51-0 with four minutes to go.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central is now tied with 1977-81 Tri-County for the 16th longest win streak in MHSAA history. They look to break that tie and move into a tie for 13th when they face Cedar Springs, their toughest test to date, on Friday. Middleville, 1-6 on the season, will have a chance at two wins in their final two games with Wayland and Ottawa Hills.