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CatchMark catch-up: Rounding up Week 9 in Muskegon-area high school football

Get links for games covered by our team, plus details of the other contests.

Muskegon sophomores Jakob Price (20) and Destin Piggee (3) look to the sideline during the Big Reds’ 49-28 victory over Mona Shores Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Sailor Stadium in Norton Shores, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

High school football regular-season finales were a mixed bag for Muskegon-area teams Friday night.

Below are links to stories written by CatchMark, followed by a roundup of other games played by area teams in Week 9.

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OK GREEN CONFERENCE

Muskegon 62, Zeeland East 16

Five different players scored rushing touchdowns for the host Big Reds (8-1, 7-0), who captured the outright OK Green Conference title with the victory.

Destin Piggee ran four times for 120 yards and two TDs to lead Muskegon, while Myles Walton finished with a team-high 132 yards and one TD on 12 carries. Jakob Price added 88 yards and a TD on eight carries. Damari Foster and Demetri Chapman also scored rushing TDs. Jeremiah Dault caught a TD pass for the Big Reds, while Dominic Sugin had a pick-6. Tamareon Oakes paced the defense with seven tackles.

Zeeland East finishes the regular season 5-4 overall, 4-3 in the league.

Mona Shores 49, Wyoming 0

Host Mona Shores outrushed Wyoming 248-28 and had five different players run for TDs in the regular-season finale.

Mark Konecny led the balanced Sailors (7-2, 6-1) with 77 yards on four carries, including a 69-yard TD run. Elijah Johnson had 72 yards on three carries, highlighted by a 40-yard score. CJ Ivy, Dahmir Farnum and Hayden Terpstra also had rushing TDs. Konecny also completed 6 of 9 passes for 141 yards, including an 80-yard strike to Demetri Roberson, who added a 70-yard interception return. Jeff Lenartowicz led the Mona Shores defense with seven tackles.

Wyoming finishes the season 1-8 overall, 1-6 in the conference.

Grand Rapids Union 43, Reeths-Puffer 42

Reeths-Puffer dropped a heartbreaker on the road in its season finale and finished with a 3-6 record overall, 2-5 in the conference.

Ben Veihl was 11-of-16 passing for 184 yards with two TDs and no picks for the Rockets. Tayte VanderLeest was his top receiving target with two catches for 69 yards and a TD. Brady Ross paced R-P’s rushing attack with 79 yards and a TD on 10 carries. Defensively, Wyatt Chesney led the Rockets with 10 stops.

Union finishes 4-5 overall, 2-5 in the league.

OK RED CONFERENCE

Rockford 28, Grand Haven 6

Visiting Rockford completed the unbeaten regular season and perfect run through the OK Red with a 7-0 league record.

Ryan Francis paced Grand Haven (3-6, 2-5) with 105 yards and a TD on 28 carries. Owen Worthington was 6-of-11 passing for the Buccaneers for 93 yards. Two of Worthington’s passes went to Nate Boehnke for 44 yards. Bode Wilson led the Bucs defensively with four tackles.

OK BLUE CONFERENCE

Allendale 35, Spring Lake 28

Host Spring Lake rallied from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit and tied the game at 28 in the third, but Allendale pulled off the OK Blue upset on Cole DiPiazza’s 5-yard TD run. DiPiazza was a workhorse for the Falcons (4-5, 2-5), finishing with 288 yards and four TDs on 40 carries.

Jackson Core led Spring Lake by going 12-of-23 passing for 220 yards with three TDs and no interceptions, tossing scoring passes to Derrick Paggeot (86 receiving yards) and Andrew Von Wahlde (85). Von Wahlde paced the Lakers (6-3, 4-3) in the running back with 84 yards and a TD on eight carries. RJ Lisman notched a team-high 11 tackles for Spring Lake.

Hudsonville Unity Christian 55, Fruitport 13

Unity Christian capped a 9-0 regular season (7-0 OK Blue) with a road victory over Fruitport, which finishes 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the league.

Gavin Reames was 11-of-18 passing for the Trojans for 231 yards with one TD and two picks. His top receiving target was Paschal Jolman with two catches for 76 yards, including a 74-yard TD. Jolman also rushed eight times for 42 yards. Andrew Fielstra had seven tackles to pace Fruitport defensively.

NONLEAGUE

Ravenna 55, Central Montcalm 19

Thomas McCullough powered host Ravenna with 168 rushing yards and three TDs on eight carries in a runaway win over Central Montcalm to finish with a 6-3 regular-season record.

Kyle Beebe was 4-of-11 passing for 53 yards, hitting Grant Becklin three times for 39 yards. Zeke Thompson paced the Bulldogs’ defense with 11 tackles. Carter Schullo recovered a blocked punt for a TD.

Central Montcalm finishes the regular season with a 5-4 record.

North Muskegon 25, Ludington 0

Ben Meyers filled the starting QB spot admirably for host North Muskegon, rushing 16 times for a game-high 111 yards and three TDs to power the Norsemen (4-5) to a victory that could put them in the playoffs. Meyers also completed 5 of 9 passes for 25 yards. Kyle Huff led the Norse defensively with seven tackles, while Matt Colbert had an interception.

Trey Forfinski led Ludington (3-6) with 74 passing yards on 4-of-15 efficiency and 47 rushing yards on 16 carries. Levi Laman made three catches for 82 yards. Aric Storm led the Orioles’ defense with eight tackles.

Hart 54, White Cloud 21

Kellen Kimes finished 8-of-17 passing for 135 yards with four TDs and no interceptions to lead host Hart (4-5) to the nonleague victory. Emanuel Hertzler made two catches for 77 yards and a TD, while Joseluis Andaverde rushed 14 times for 129 yards and a TD for the Pirates.

Andaverde also notched an interception, while Zane Thomas led the Hart defense with eight tackles.

White Cloud finished with a 4-5 record in the regular season.

Hesperia 34, Shelby 20

In a battle of winless teams, Hesperia came out on top thanks in large part of Brandon Quinn’s big night. Quinn ran 34 times for 254 yards and four TDs to power the Panthers (1-8).

Cade Clement led Shelby (0-9) with 45 rushing yards and one TD on 12 carries. Nick Baffi caught a 61-yard TD pass for the Tigers. Blake Stovall led the Shelby defense with nine tackles.

Mason County Central 54, Lakeview 24

Visiting Mason County Central finished the season on a high note on Xander Gajeski’s big night. Gajeski rushed nine times for 149 yards and two TDs, plus he snagged two interceptions. Ethan Wood was 3-of-5 passing for 53 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass to Kolden Myer. Riley McLouth led the Spartans (2-5) defensively with 13 tackles.

Lakeview finished with a 1-8 record.

Newaygo 43, Holton 30

Newaygo finished the season on a high note in posting a road win over Holton to end with a 2-7 overall record. No stats or details were submitted for the Lions.

Holton’s Austin Fowler was 26-of-33 passing for 250 yards with four TDs and two picks. Kevin Erickson was his top target with nine catches for 98 yards and a TD. Dylan Cartwright notched 10 tackles for the Red Devils (5-4), while Erickson had an interception.

Grant 19, Kent City 0

Host Grant pitched a shutout and picked up a big nonleague win, which may bump the Tigers (4-5) into the Division 5 playoffs. The loss could cost Kent City (5-3) a postseason berth.

Grant’s defense kept Kent City in check offensively, allowing 190 yards of total offense. James Farrington paced the Eagles with eight tackles. No stats or other details were submitted for the Tigers.

Cadillac 35, Fremont 0

Visiting Fremont (1-8) lost its season finale to Cadillac (7-2), which was in the Division 4 state finals last year. The Vikings built a 21-0 first-quarter lead and extended it to 35-0 by halftime.

Cadillac outrushed Fremont, 284-98. Alex Gleason was 11-of-14 passing for 60 yards with two picks for the Packers, while he also led them in rushing with 69 yards on six attempts.

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