Photo courtesy of Lou Murray

The South Christian Sailors are State Champions once again. For the fourth time in school history, and the first time since 2014, the Sailors are the best in their class.

While their offense has starred this fall, the defense stepped up to deliver the State Championship. Facing a Goodrich team that averages 32 points per game, South Christian blanked the Martians’ offensive attack in a 28-0 victory.

In the second quarter, the Sailors’ offense got them on the board. Jake DeHaan took to the air and paired up with Nate Brinks for a 3-yard touchdown. After a quick defensive stop, they returned to the offensive attack. The Sailors marched 77 yards in seven plays, capped off by a 23-yard strike from DeHaan to Carson Vis.

Offense was limited the remainder of the half and the entirety of the third quarter, leaving the score at 14-0 South Christian. With six minutes to play, DeHaan broke the stalemate. He reeled of a 54-yard touchdown sprint, pushing the Sailors in front by 21.

Quickly, the Sailors added one final punch to knockout the Martians. Jake Vermaas stepped in front of a Goodrich pass, racing 32 yards for an interception return touchdown.

DeHaan finished this game 14/21 passing for 266 yards and two scores. he added 99 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Jake Vermaas, in addition to his pick six, caught seven balls for 152 yards.