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West Michigan Conference football roundup for 2023 Week 3 (Sept. 8)

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Three weeks of the 2023 high school football season are in the books for West Michigan Conference teams.

Here is a roundup of Week 3 games that took place Friday, Sept. 8.

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WHITEHALL 56, HASTINGS 28: Kyle Stratton passed for four touchdowns, rushed for a score, and combined for 375 yards of offense as the host Vikings rolled to 3-0 on the season with a runaway win on “Community Night.”

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WHITE CLOUD 28, HESPERIA 7: Host Hesperia slips to 1-2 on the season after the nonleague loss to White Cloud. No stats or details were submitted.


MONTAGUE 33, ORCHARD VIEW 8: The Mason Darke-to-Paul Olson connection was on point again as the balanced Wildcats rolled to a WMC Lakes Division-opening win.

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Montague defeated Orchard View, 33-8, in a West Michigan Conference Lakes Division football opener Friday, Sept, 8, 2023, in Muskegon, Mich. (Photo by Emma Pendell for CatchMark)

MANISTEE 20, OAKRIDGE 15: Kaden Kott’s 25-yard pass from Dayvion Neal-Berry with 3:25 remaining lifted the Mariners to a big road win and kept them unbeaten in the early season at 3-0. The Eagles slip to 1-2. The lead changed hands three times in the fourth quarter during the WMC Lakes Division opener for both teams. Nick Hornkohl rushed for 117 yards and a TD on 13 carries to pace Manistee. Neal-Berry added 50 rushing yards on 10 carries, and he completed 3 of 4 passes for 73 yards. Nathan Doremus paced the Mariners defensively with 13 tackles, while Trevor Haag, Braydon Sorenson, and Hornkohl made 10 stops apiece. Oakridge’s Trever Jones led all players with 161 rushing yards and a TD on 24 carries. Bryson Stephenson had 50 yards on eight carries for the Eagles, while Evan Miller was 8-of-13 passing for 83 yards. Jullian Primmer totaled 11 tackles for Oakridge, while Jones and Brody Jennings had eight apiece.

LUDINGTON 42, FREMONT 20: Host Ludington built a 42-6 halftime lead in the WMC Lakes opener for both teams. David Shillinger was an all-purpose standout for the Orioles (2-1), catching five passes for 103 yards and three TDs while rushing for 56 yards on eight carries. Cameron Gunsell was 6-of-12 passing for 105 yards and two TDs, plus he ran 19 times for 95 yards and a TD. Joe Benz also got into the act, running for 100 yards and a TD on 11 carries. Andre Walden had six tackles to lead Ludington, while Cole Hackert and Gage Jones notched five stops each. Skyler Holtrust and Daniel Ramirez each had an interception. For Fremont (1-2), Talen Reichert-Slater finished 8-of-17 for 171 yards with two TDs and two picks. Khai Noordyk ran 14 times for 101 yards and a TD. Owen Hertel caught five passes for 157 yards and two TDs, plus he recorded a game-high 11 tackles on defense.


HART 44, SHELBY 0: Hart seized the “Blood, Sweat & Tears” jug for the seventh time in eight years with the shutout win over rival Shelby, as the teams opened WMC Rivers Division play.

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Hart defeated Shelby, 44-0, in a West Michigan Conference Rivers Division football opener Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Shelby, Mich. Hart retained the “Blood, Sweat & Tears” jug for the seventh time in eight years. (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)

NORTH MUSKEGON 49, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 12: Alec Newville did damage as a receiver and ball-carrier in the Norsemen’s WMC Rivers Division-opening win on the road. Newville caught five passes for 157 yards and a TD, plus he had two carries for 35 yards and a TD. James Young finished 10-of-16 passing for 239 yards with four TDs and one interception. Cullen Bartos rushed for 65 yards and a TD on 13 carries for the Norse (3-0). Bartos, Landon Christensen, and TJ Byard each had a receiving TD. AJ Larkin led North Muskegon defensively with 11 tackles plus a fumble recovery. Chuck Meyers and Ace Anderson had six tackles apiece for the Norse. For Mason County Central (1-2), Peyton Merz rushed for a game-high 153 yards and a TD on 32 carries. Ethan Domin led the Spartans defensively with four solo tackles, including two sacks.

RAVENNA 58, HOLTON 0: Host Ravenna picked up its first win of the season in this WMC Rivers Division opener for both teams. Blake Homoly was 6-of-9 passing for 104 yards and three TDs, plus he ran three times for 26 yards and two more scores. Drew Mabrito ran six times for 45 yards and a TD for the Bulldogs (1-2), while Nick Mabrito scored on a 70-yard run. Chase Thomas, Derek Finlay, and Jaxson Wilburn had receiving TDs for Ravenna. Brennan Buskirk led the Bulldogs’ defense with five tackles. For Holton (0-3), David Addison had 37 yards rushing and eight receiving. Hunter Zang had 55 rushing yards for the Red Devils.

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