Last fall, Lansing Catholic defeated Clinton to capture the Division 6 State Championship. This fall, the West Catholic Falcons sent the Cougars packing two weeks early. After a 37-7 rout, the Falcons are one game away from returning to Ford Field for the first time since they made six straight trips from 2012-2017.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons ground game got them on the scoreboard. Tim Kloska carried the football for a 5-yard score. The Air Force commit did what he does best, putting the Falcons on the scoreboard. They took a 7-0 lead into the locker room.
On the opening kick of the second half, West Catholic extended their lead. Nolan Rinehart fielded the football, racing 86 yards for a score. A successful extra point gave them a 14-point edge.
Kloska would return to the end zone with a 1-yard plunge. The third quarter scoring ensued with a 29-yard field goal by Carson Beekman. The Falcons defense joined the party with a 77-yard interception return for a score by Ryar Snow. Finally, Bernie Varnesdeel and Snow paired up for a 41-yard touchdown, giving West Catholic a 37-0 edge.
Lansing Catholic would score in the fourth quarter on a pass from Jack Jacobs to Brandon Lewis, but it would not nearly be enough.
Next week, West Catholic will face Clinton in a semifinal showdown. The Redwolves defeated Warren Michigan Collegiate 31-30 on Friday night to return to the semifinals.