State Finals Roundup: Muskegon Big Reds cap perfect season with state title

Tribune Staff • Nov 26, 2017 at 11:49 PM

Day 2 at Ford Field say plenty of fireworks and some gutsy performances on both sides of the ball. Of local notice, the Muskegon Big Reds capped off their impressive season with a 14-0 record and a Division 3 state championship, while Grand Rapids West Catholic became only the third program in MHSAA history to win five straight state titles.


Muskegon 28, Farmington Hills Harrison 10

In the Division 3 state championship game, the Muskegon Big Reds dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball on their way to a 28-10 win over Farmington Hills Harrison.

After Farmington Hills Harrison returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a score, the Muskegon Big Reds’ rushing attack took over.

The Big Reds rushed for 363 yards on 48 carries, highlighted by senior quarterback La’Darius Jefferson, who carried the ball 32 times for 245 yards and all four of Muskegon’s touchdowns.

Davion McCall added 53 yards on three carries, while Clinton Jefferson Jr. added 38 yards on six carries.

On defense, Te’Andre Evans, Eli Jackson and Willie Shanks Jr. each recorded six tackles.

For Farmington Hills Harrison, running back Roderick Heard rushed for 48 yards on nine carries, while quarterback Noah Hendricks was 9-of-14 passing for 53 yards.

On defense, Rapana Filemu recorded 11 tackles, while Moet Andrews added nine.



GR West Catholic 34, Saginaw Swan Valley 7

The Grand Rapids West Catholic football squad made sure their quest for a 5-peat wouldn’t have a dramatic ending, as the Falcons jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead on its way to a 34-7 thrashing of Saginaw Swan Valley in the Division 5 state championship game.

Quarterback Gaetano Vallone was 10-of-14 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns and added 60 yards rushing and one score to lead the Falcons.

Wideout Jack Schnichtel caught two passes for 45 yards and one score, while Zack Lee hauled in an impressive 32-yard touchdown catch of his own.

On defense, Mitchell Doyle recorded 10 tackles, while Connor Bolthouse added nine and Nathan Mitchell had eight.

For Swan Valley, quarterback Brock Leinberger was 6-of-13 passing for 66 yards and three interceptions and added 67 yards rushing and one touchdown on 10 carries.

Tailback Emmett Boehler rushed for 61 yards on 23 carries, while Chase Mendoza added 26 yards on four carries.

On defense, Leinberger recorded 12 tackles, while Boehler added six.



Clarkston 3, West Bloomfield 2

In the Division 1 state championship game, defenses ruled the day.

After West Bloomfield recorded a safety in the first quarter, Clarkston would scrape together a field goal at the end of the second quarter to take a 3-2 lead.

The Wolves would shutout the Lakers in the second half on their way to a 3-2 win and a state championship.

For Clarkston, tailback Jacob Billette rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries, while Michael Fluegel added 41 yards on 11 carries.

Quarterback Nathan Uballe was 5-of-12 passing for 33 yards.

On defense, Cody Hughes recorded 10 tackles, while Zach Scott added six.

For West Bloomfield, tailback Collin Heard rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries, while Shamar Dennis added 11 yards on three carries.

Quarterback Bryce Veasley was 15-of-32 passing for 214 yards with two interceptions. Wideout A.J. Abbott caught six passes for 79 yards, while Taj Mustapha added 76 yards on three receptions.

On defense, Lance Dixon recorded eight tackles, while Nick Seidel added seven.



Pewawo-Westphalia 21, Saugatuck 0

Pewawo-Westphalia jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and added a second-quarter score to roll to a 21-0 shutout win over Saugatuck in the Division 7 state championship game.

Tailback Bryce Thelen rushed for 92 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries to lead the Pirates, while quarterback Jimmy Lehman added 91 yards and one score on 17 carries and was also 3-of-5 passing for 58 yards and one touchdown.

On defense, Damon Schneider recorded eight tackles, while Thelen added seven.

For Saugatuck, tailback Jacob Stewart rushed for 43 yards on nine carries, while Connor Carper added 35 yards on seven carries.

On defense, Reece Schreckengust and Carper each recorded nine tackles to lead the Indians.

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