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CatchMark catch-up for Week 5: Get the skinny on Muskegon-area football

Details and links from White Lake and beyond.

The Michigan high school football season is cruising along.

We’re past the midway point of the regular season, as Week 5 wrapped up Friday night.

Here are links for CatchMark SportsNet’s football coverage, followed by details from other games played by Muskegon-area teams:


Montague’s defense stands tall vs. improving Ravenna squad in CatchMark Game of the Week

Whitehall shuts out North Muskegon, stays in conference-title contention

Muskegon Catholic Central earns football win at Benton Harbor

Hesperia-Kent City varsity football game canceled because of COVID-19 issues

Montague linebacker wins CatchMark Play of the Week (Sept. 13-18)


Mona Shores 49, Zeeland East 30

Visiting Mona Shores overcame an 8-0 first-quarter deficit with 21 second-quarter points, and the Sailors broke open a five-point game at the break with 28 second-half points to remain unbeaten in the OK Green at 3-0 (4-1 overall).

Mona Shores rushed for 338 yards, led by Dahmir Farnum’s 143 on 13 carries with three TDs. Mark Konecny ran for 83 yards and two TDs, plus he went 11-of-13 passing for 122 yards.

Jeff Lenartowicz paced the Sailors’ defense with nine tackles. Jaylen Vinton had seven tackles, while David Frederick and Elijah Johnson had six each. Steve Koziak had two sacks among his five tackles.

Zeeland East is now 3-2 overall, 2-1 in the OK Green.

Muskegon 62, Wyoming 0

Myles Walton passed for three TDs and rushed for another as visiting Muskegon jumped all over Wyoming from the start. The Big Reds led 21-0 after one quarter and 48-0 at halftime.

Walton was 5-of-5 passing for 146 yards. Muskegon’s Damari Foster caught two passes for 109 yards and a TD. Jeremiah Dault made three receptions for 37 yards and two TDs. Destin Piggee ran for an 82-yard score. Mkhi Guy ran for a TD and passed for one for the Big Reds.

Princeton Blackmon and Kingston Blackmon had four tackles each for Muskegon (4-1, 3-0).

Bernie Varnesdeel was 6-of-23 passing for 107 yards for Wyoming (0-5, 0-3).

Zeeland West 48, Reeths-Puffer 8

Visiting Zeeland West took its frustrations out on Reeths-Puffer, bouncing back from back-to-back losses to Mona Shores and Muskegon with a big effort in the running game. The Dux (2-2, 1-2) outrushed the Rockets, 346-92.

Five different players scored rushing TDs for Zeeland West, led by Cade Overweg’s 146 yards and two scores on nine carries.

Ben Veihl was 10-of-18 passing for 117 yards for Reeths-Puffer (2-3, 1-2). Brody Johnson led the Rockets on the ground with 56 yards, including a 2-yard TD run late in the first half.


Caledonia 42, Grand Haven 13

Grand Haven suffered its first OK Red loss, falling on the road against unbeaten Caledonia. The Fighting Scots outrushed the Buccaneers, 411-133, and finished 8-for-8 on third-down conversions.

The game was tied at 7 at the end of the first quarter. Grand Haven (3-2, 2-1) was within 22-13 at the half before Caledonia (5-0, 3-0) put it away.

Owen Worthington was 9-of-14 passing for 121 yards with one TD and one pick for the Buccaneers. He also ran for a TD. Jaxon Franz led the Bucs’ defense with four solo tackles and one assist.


Spring Lake 42, Hamilton 21

Visiting Spring Lake battled back from two early deficits en route to earning a comfortable OK Blue victory. The Lakers are now 5-0, 3-0 in the OK Blue, and host Hudsonville Unity Christian next Friday in a battle of unbeatens.

Spring Lake rushed for a whopping 374 yards, led by Alex Lee’s 251 yards and three TDs on 24 carries. Brody Lightfoot scored two rushing TDs and finished with 82 yards. Jackson Core was 5-of-9 passing for 57 yards. Jackson Duggins paced the Lakers defensively with nine tackles, while Hunter Throop made five stops.

Hamilton slips to 2-3 overall, 0-3 in the conference.

Grand Rapids West Catholic 49, Fruitport 14

Visiting Fruitport lost its fourth-straight game, falling to a tough West Catholic squad with one of the top running backs in West Michigan. Tim Kloska rushed for 222 yards, including TD runs of 70 and 76 yards, on 14 carries to power the Falcons (5-0, 3-0). Noah Arsulowicz was 12-of-18 passing for 233 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.

Gavin Reames was 8-of-21 passing for 127 yards with one TD and three picks for Fruitport (1-4, 0-3). He also rushed for 70 yards and a TD. Paschal Jolman finished with 89 yards on 13 carries. Andrew B. Fielstra led the Trojans defense with 10 tackles.


Oakridge 56, Hart 32

Host Oakridge got back on track after falling at Montague in Week 4, as Corey Vanderputte had a big night against his dad’s alma mater. Vanderputte ran for 165 yards and three TDs on just nine carries to power the Eagles (4-1, 2-1). Matt Danicek was 7-of-9 passing for 129 yards with one TD and no picks. Three of his passes went to Vanderputte for 75 yards.

For Hart (2-3, 0-3), Chance Alvesteffer rushed for 80 yards and a TD on seven carries. Kellen Kimes was 9-of-19 passing for 129 yards with two TDs and one interception.

The teams combined for 769 yards of offense, and of course 88 points.

Trenton Swinehart led Hart with nine tackles, while Trayce Tate had eight. For Oakridge, Brenden Raymond and Kimball Hanks made six stops each.

Mason County Central 50, Shelby 0

On homecoming night and Mason County Central’s first home game of the season, the Spartans rolled to victory. They outgained the visiting Tigers in total offense, 324-18.

Ethan Wood rushed for 94 yards and two TDs on 13 carries, plus he passed for a score, for Mason County Central (1-1). Gage Ruiz scored a rushing TD and one on a fumble return. Xander Gajeski scored on a TD run and a pick-six. Raiden Keefer led the Spartans’ defense with four solo tackles, one for lost yardage.

Shelby (0-5) had four costly turnovers in the second quarter that led to 36 Mason County Central points. Cade Clement, Travis Boughan and Marco Garcia had five tackles apiece.


Ludington 41, Muskegon Heights 12

Host Ludington handed Muskegon Heights its first loss of the season in a Lakes 8 Activities Conference matchup. The Orioles led the Tigers 7-6 at halftime before they broke it open in the third quarter.

Ludington (2-3, 1-2) outrushed Muskegon Heights (4-1, 1-1) by a 271-150 margin. Trey Forfinski led all ball-carriers with 172 yards on 24 carries. He ran for two TDs and passed for one. Stephen Weinert added 81 yards and three TDs for the Orioles. Aidan Gilchrist, Gage Jones and Aric Storm had five tackles apiece for Ludington, which intercepted four passes.

For the Tigers, Ja’Kari Edwards rushed for a TD and passed for one. He finished with 61 yards. Defensively, Anthony Floyd led the way with 12 tackles and DeJuan Garrett had 10.


Grant 20, Fremont 14

Brady Jacobs rushed for a pair of second-half touchdowns and all three for his team in the game to lead Grant to the Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory.

Jacobs scored on runs of 49 and 7 yards in the second half to go with his 4-yard run in the first quarter for Grant (2-3, 2-2). He finished with a game-high 155 yards on 30 carries, plus he hit 8-of-12 passes for 68 yards.

Justin Dirheimer led Fremont (0-5, 0-4) with 102 yards and a TD on 18 carries. Hayden Threatt paced the Packers’ defense with eight tackles. Garrett Hanshue and Owen VandenBerg made 6 ½ and 5 ½ stops, respectively.

Howard City Tri County 22, Newaygo 14

Tri County improves to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the CSAA Gold with the road victory. Newaygo is now 1-4 and 1-3, respectively.

No other details or stats were submitted.


Holton 44, Lakeview 28

Austin Fowler had his second-straight big game for Holton in another CSAA Silver victory. He completed 19 of 24 passes for 267 yards with five TDs, his second-straight week with that made scoring tosses.

Cam Edgerton had three catches for 48 yards, two of them TDs, for the Red Devils (3-2, 2-1). Bret Hosmer had five receptions for 90 yards, while Kevin Erickson (6 catches, 58 yards) and Rice Robins (2-38) also caught TD passes.

Lakeview drops to 1-4 overall, 1-2 in the division.

Morley Stanwood 20, White Cloud 10

Visiting White Cloud suffered its second-straight loss, slipping to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the CSAA Silver. Morley Stanwood is 3-2, including 3-0 in the division. No other details or stats were submitted

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