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Muskegon cruises past old rival Lowell in first-round football playoff matchup

Big Reds jump out to early lead, then pull away for 35-7 victory.

In this file photo, Muskegon head football coach Shane Fairfield and senior Myles Walton (8) take the field prior to a game at Mona Shores on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Norton Shores, Mich. (CatchMark)

Step one is out of the way for the Muskegon High School football team.

The Big Reds jumped out to a two-touchdown first-quarter lead and pulled away from old rival Lowell en route to a 35-7 victory in a Division 3 first-round playoff game Saturday at Hackley Stadium.

“Kids played hard, together and for each other. Very proud of them,” Muskegon coach Shane Fairfield said in a text message to CatchMark SportsNet.

Sophomore Jakob Price rushed for a game-high 106 yards and two TDs on eight carries to power the Big Reds (9-1), who will host Cedar Springs (8-2) in the district finals at 1 p.m. next Saturday. Cedar Springs defeated Coopersville, 45-6, on Friday.

Price scored on runs of 20 and 74 yards in leading Muskegon’s rushing attack, which outgained Lowell’s 167-87.

Senior quarterback Myles Walton hit senior Jeremiah Dault on a 21-yard TD pass, plus Walton scored on a 1-yard run. Sophomore Destin Piggee opened the scoring for the Big Reds with a 58-yard run.

Walton finished 3-of-5 passing for 37 yards. Senior Dominic Sugin paced the Big Reds’ defense with nine tackles. Brian Wright had six stops and a fumble recovery, while teammates Meshaune Crowley, Tamareon Oakes, Deanthony Fondren and Mason Hunter also had six tackles each.

Muskegon led 28-0 before Lowell (4-6) got on the board in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Tacho Gonzales.

The Big Reds got a big lift from kicker Adrian Ramos-Velazquez, who was 5-for-5 on PATs and made a difference with his kickoffs.

“Our kicker had an outstanding day. His amazing kickoffs set us up a few times,” Fairfield said.

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