Lakeshore Cougers bow out in semifinals

The Lakeshore Cougars semi-pro football team came up short in its bid at reaching the championship game in the Great Midwest Football League. The Cougars fell to the Metro Detroit Wolverines in the league's playoff semifinals this past Saturday, 26-21. Lakeshore trailed 12-7 at the half, but regained the lead after three quarters, 21-18. But the Wolverines scored the eventual game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Nate Thompson
Sep 15, 2011


The Grand Haven-based Cougars drove deep into Wolverines’ territory and had one last opportunity to re-take the lead with 23 seconds left, but an unsportsmanlike penalty pushed them back and a go-ahead touchdown wasn’t in the cards.

Metro Detroit advances to Saturday’s title game against the Warren County (Mo.) Cyclones. 

The Cougars, now in their fourth year of existence, had their most successful season to date this summer, completing a 10-0 regular season, then defeating Southeast Michigan (34-6) and Chicago (49-14) in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Lakeshore averaged an impressive 45 points per game, which included one 2-0 score due to a forfeit. The Cougars’ defense allowed an average of just 10.6 points per contest.

The team is coached by Deirreio Duncan, who is also the team’s co-owner along with his wife, Tshaiva.


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