The Michigan high school football playoffs kicked off Friday night.
Several games took place in the Muskegon area. Here are links to stories by CatchMark SportsNet, plus a roundup of the other games played by area teams:
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Cadillac 42, Fruitport 35
Fruitport fell short in a highly competitive first-round playoff matchup with Cadillac, which defeated the Trojans 28-12 in Fruitport in Week 2.
The Trojans led 14-13 with 7:21 left in the first half on a 19-yard touchdown run by Aiden Vela before the Vikings answered two minutes later and never relinquished the lead again.
Fruitport was within a TD midway through the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter. Trailing 42-27, the Trojans pulled within seven points on Gavin Reames’ 12-yard TD pass to Vela and a two-point conversion pass to Camden Farrell with one minute remaining.
Reames finished 19-of-32 passing for 282 yards with two TDs and one interception. Paschal Jolman ran 17 times for 135 yards and two TDs. Cody Nash caught five passes for 131 yards and a TD. Vela led the Trojans’ defense with eight tackles.
Fruitport finishes with a 4-6 record.
Cadillac (8-2) will host Whitehall (8-2) next week in a district final.
Grand Rapids Christian 48, Spring Lake 24
Spring Lake saw its season end in a first-round playoff game at Grand Rapids Christian (7-3), which advances to the district finals to face Hudsonville Unity Christian (10-0).
Spring Lake finishes with a 6-4 record. No stats or details were submitted for this game.
Oakridge 40, Big Rapids 7
Corey Vanderputte scored four touchdowns, including a 98-yard pick-six, to power host Oakridge to the first-round rout of Big Rapids. Vanderputte scored first-half TD runs of 34 and 42 yards, plus he caught a 23-yard scoring pass from Matt Danicek in the first quarter.
Vanderputte finished with 203 rushing yards on 17 carries. Brenden Raymond added 95 yards, including a 9-yard TD, on 12 carries. Danicek scored on a 1-yard run. Raymond led the Eagles defensively with six tackles.
Oakridge (8-2) advances to next week’s district finals and will travel to Howard City Tri County (9-1), which beat Grant 36-14.
Will Strickler was 18-of-34 passing for 223 yards with two TDs and one interception for Big Rapids (5-5).
Tri County 36, Grant 14
Grant’s season ended in a first-round playoff loss to Central State Activities Association Gold Division foe Howard City Tri County. The Tigers finish with a 4-6 record.
No stats or details were submitted for this game.
Tri County (9-1) will host Oakridge (8-2), a 40-7 winner over Big Rapids, in next week’s district finals.
Muskegon Catholic Central 54, Delton Kellogg 6
Host Muskegon Catholic Central built a 32-0 halftime lead and extended it to 48-0 through three quarters en route to a blowout victory over Delton Kellogg in the first round.
Elliot Riegler was 5-of-6 passing for 98 yards with a TD, plus he rushed for a score. Bryan Convertini led the balanced Crusaders with 73 rushing yards and two TDs on six carries, while Joe Waller also ran for two scores. David Hill caught a TD pass for MCC, while Tramel Caviness recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Shane Powell had six tackles for the Crusaders (9-1), who host Ravenna (7-3) in the district finals at 7 p.m. next Friday.
Delton Kellogg finishes with a 5-4 record.
Carson City-Crystal 40, White Cloud 3
White Cloud saw its season end in the first round of the playoffs. The Indians finish with a 4-6 record.
Carson City-Crystal (9-1) advances to the district finals to host the winner of Saturday’s game between Muskegon Heights Academy and Holton.
Division 3: Lowell (4-5) at Muskegon (8-1), 1 p.m.
Division 8: Holton (5-4) at Muskegon Heights Academy (5-4), 1 p.m.
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