However, the Crusader offense found its groove early in the second quarter and never looked back, racking up more than 500 yards of total offense, and routing the host Aggies 48-13 to capture its 12th district championship in 13 years.
“I thought our speed was the difference in the game,” said Muskegon Catholic Central coach Steve Czerwon. “Beal City sold out on stopping our run game, but we were able to get to the second level a few times and our backs won the foot races.”
Junior tailback LaTommy Scott rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries to lead MCC (9-2), while Walker Christoffersen added 106 yards rushing and one touchdown and 126 yards receiving and two touchdowns on four receptions. Logan Helton added 91 yards and one touchdown rushing and quarterback Christian Martinez was 4 for 4 passing for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
The Muskegon Catholic Central’s offense scored on plays of 51, 65, 94, 66, 48, 61 and 68 yards. According to Czerwon, the biggest play might have been Walker Christoffersen’s 94-yard scamper at the end of the first half that gave the Crusaders a 21-7 lead at the break.
“As a coach, I would have been happy taking a 14-7 lead into halftime on the road,” Czerwon said. “It was a third-down play down by our own endzone and Christian (Martinez) called an audible from the original play. He saw something he didn’t like and he switched to a run play. Walker (Christoffersen) showed great vision and excellent speed once he broke the line of scrimmage.
“That really swung momentum in our favor. I think your mentality changes when you go up 21-7 at half instead of 14-7. You gain a little more confidence and it puts more pressure on the other team.”
Senior Jacob Holt led the Crusader defense with eight tackles, including one sack, while Adam Benoit and Logan Helton each added seven tackles.
Muskegon Catholic Central advances to face Frankfort (9-2) in the Division 8 regional finals Saturday at 1 p.m. Due to MCC and Frankfort having the same record and same opponent winning percentage, the location of the game will determined at 9 a.m. this morning by MHSAA officials via coin toss.
“Frankfort is an athletic team that runs a lot of spread looks,” Czerwon said. “We went up against them in 2009, so they aren’t completely foreign to us. Any team that is still playing in the third round of the playoffs is a quality team, so we have to come into the game ready to go.”