State Finals Recap: Grand Rapids Catholic Central caps off perfect season

Josh VanDyke • Nov 24, 2017 at 11:45 PM

Here’s a look at how Friday’s prep football state championship games played out at Ford Field in Detroit. 


Ottawa Lake Whiteford 42, Saginaw Nouvel 21

Ottawa Lake Whiteford jumped out to a 34-7 halftime lead, and cruised past Saginaw Nouvel to capture the Division 8 state championship.

The Bobcats fell to Muskegon Catholic Central in last year’s Division 8 final, but this year’s squad made sure they finished the deal and cap off a perfect 14-0 season.

Quarterback Thomas Eitniear did a little bit of everything for the Bobcats, rushing for 129 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries and completing 7-of-11 passes for 143 yards.

Tailback Logan Murphy added 126 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.

On defense, Ian Slick recorded four sacks, while Matthew Taylor added two.

For Saginaw Nouvel, quarterback Tate Hausbeck was 11-of-26 passing for 175 yards and two touchdowns and added 25 yards rushing. Hausbeck was under pressure all game from the Bobcat defense and was sacked seven times for a loss of 61 yards.

Wideout Ken Kujawa hauled in four receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Alexander Wrobel recorded 14 total tackles to lead the Panthers’ defense, while Kujawa added 10.



Warren De La Salle 41, Livonia Franklin 6

Warren De La Salle scored 41 straight points, including 31 in the second quarter, on its way to a commanding 41-6 win over Livonia Franklin in the Division 2 state championship game.

Quarterback Luke Pfromm was 10-of-12 passing for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and added 21 yards rushing and one score on five carries to lead the Pilots.

Evan Vaillancourt caught three passes for 140 yards and one score, while Sergio Gasperoni caught a 4-yard touchdown pass.

On defense, Devin Campbell recorded seven tackles, while Tanner Mayers added six and Joshua DeBerry recorded one interception.

For Livonia Franklin, tailback Isaac Moore rushed for 160 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries, while Julius Simmons added 13 yards on four carries.

On defense, Marcus Martin recorded seven tackles, while Brad Gibson had six.



Jackson Lumen Christi 40, Ithaca 34

In a game full of momentum swings and big plays, Jackson Lumen Christi came out on top with a wild 40-34 win over Ithaca to claim the Division 6 state championship.

Ithaca held a 13-8 halftime advantage, but Jackson Lumen Christi exploded for 32 second-half points behind a powerful rushing attack to jump out to a 40-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The Yellowjackets rallied late to score 21 unanswered points, but it was too little, too late.

The stat of the game was in the rushing yards department as the Titans rushed for 514 yards on 67 carries, while the Yellowjackets only rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries.

The backfield duo of Sebastion Toland and Kyle Minder did most of the damage for Lumen Christi, as Toland rushed for 244 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries and Minder rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 223 carries.

On defense, Minder and Nick Thomas each recorded six tackles.

For Ithaca, quarterback Joey Bentley was 11-of-21 passing for 240 yards and four touchdowns and added 89 yards rushing and one score on 11 carries.

Adam Culp hauled in five receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns, while Seth Davis caught three passes for 86 yards.

On defense, Ethan McCormick recorded 15 total tackles, while Nathan Bellinger had 11 and Zach Hessbrook had 10.



GR Catholic Central 42, Edwardsburg 31

It was the Nolan Fugate show in the nightcap at Ford Field, as the Grand Rapids Catholic Central running back rushed for 306 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries to help the Cougars to a 42-31 win over Edwardsburg.

The win gives GRCC their second straight Division 4 state championship.

Edwardsburg took an early 13-7 lead in the second quarter, but the Cougars responded with 21 unanswered points and held off the Eddies the rest of the way.

Besides his astronomical rushing numbers, Fugate also added four receptions for 86 yards and another score, giving him five total touchdowns on the night — tying an MHSAA State Finals record.

Quarterback Jack Bowen was 7-of-10 passing for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

On defense, Matt Moore recorded nine total tackles, while Kyle Tepper added six.

For Edwardsburg, Kyle Shrider rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, while Nick Bradley added 96 yards and one touchdown on six carries.

On defense, Shrider recorded 12 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, while Cullen McIntee added nine stops.

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