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West Michigan Conference football roundup: Shelby snaps 21-game losing streak in dramatic fashion

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When Shelby’s football team snapped the program’s 21-game losing streak Friday night, the Tigers made sure it was memorable.

Coach Phil Fortier and Tigers won’t soon forget their 22-16 overtime win at Hesperia.

“What a great game,” Fortier said after earning his first win as Shelby’s head coach. He was a longtime assistant for the Tigers previously.

“I have never been as proud of our kids as I am now. We were determined, unselfish, disciplined and gave great effort.”

Quarterback Lalo Garcia was a running and passing threat for Shelby, which is now 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the West Michigan Conference Rivers Division.

Garcia ran 22 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and he completed 9 of 18 passes for 102 yards with a TD and no interceptions.

Bishop Lee caught two passes for 61 yards and a TD for the Tigers. Travis Boughan anchored the defense with 8.5 tackles, including one stop for lost yardage. Lee added 4.5 tackles, two for lost yardage. Treyjin Waller had four tackles. Levin Cooley and Phillip Hayes recorded interceptions.

No stats were submitted for Hesperia, which slips to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the WMC Rivers.

Next week, Hesperia travels to Ravenna, while Shelby welcomes Holton in the Tigers’ homecoming game.

“Travis Boughan made plays, Bishop Lee made plays,” Fortier said. “So happy for all of our guys. Able Sill may have made the play of the night. We preach that we all need each other and our guys buy it.”

WHITEHALL 56, MANISTEE 0: Host Whitehall jumped on Manistee early and cruised to the WMC Lakes Division victory, staying unbeaten on the season. The Vikings (5-0, 2-0 WMC Lakes) led 28-0 at halftime and 42-0 through three quarters.

Kyle Stratton ran nine times for 82 yards and two TDs, plus he completed 5 of 10 passes for 77 yards and two more scores. Camden Thompson caught two passes for 42 yards and a TD. Jackson Cook ran three times for 51 yards and a TD, while Nate Bolley had five carries for 45 yards and a score. Ca’Mar Ready scored on a 34-yard TD run, while Malcolm Earvin caught two passes for 24 yards and a score.

Whitehall outgained Manistee in total offense, 348-100, including 271-83 in rushing yards. Cook led the Vikings’ defense with 10.5 tackles, including one stop for lost yardage. Trenton TenBrock had eight tackles, two for lost yardage. Jaiden Altgilbers had seven tackles, two for lost yardage.

No stats were submitted for Manistee (3-2, 1-2).

Next week, Whitehall visits Oakridge in a battle of unbeatens. It’s the North Grove Brewers WMC Game of the Week and CatchMark SportsNet will livestream it for free. Next Friday, Manistee travels to face longtime rival Ludington.

OAKRIDGE 36, FREMONT 8: Trever Jones continued to lead the way in Oakridge’s running game with 216 yards and four TDs to power the Eagles to the WMC Lakes victory over visiting Fremont. Jones scored on runs of 1, 37, 52 and 39 yards.

Oakridge (5-0, 3-0 WMC Lakes) outgained Fremont (3-2, 0-2) on the ground, 254-59. The Eagles held Justin Dirheimer, the league’s rushing leader entering the night, to 55 yards on 21 carries.

Matt Danicek was 7-of-15 passing for 103 yards with two interceptions. Evan Miller caught four passes for 46 yards. Danicek averaged 43 yards on three punts.

Brody Jennings and Isaiah Eller finished with 10 tackles apiece to spearhead the Oakridge defense. Bryson Stephenson made eight tackles, while Kyle Weaver had seven.

Kyler DeKuiper finished 5-of-10 passing for 104 yards with one TD and no picks for Fremont. Talen Reichert-Slater was 8-of-17 for 75 yards with an interception. Dirheimer caught six passes for 95 yards and a TD.

Michael Romero paced Fremont’s defense with 8.5 tackles, while Owen Hertel and Owen VandenBerg made six and five stops, respectively.

Next week, Oakridge hosts Whitehall, while Fremont heads to Orchard View.

Members of Oakridge’s 2022 football team posed for a group photo during West Michigan Conference Media Day hosted by CatchMark SportsNet and MLive and sponsored by VanDyk Mortgage Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at the VAC in Whitehall, Mich. (Amy Yonkman | CatchMark)

RAVENNA 19, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 14: Visiting Ravenna survived a scare when Hunter Hogan connected with Chase Thomas on a 45-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter. That gave the Bulldogs their first lead since the second quarter and they held on for their fourth straight victory.

Hogan ran 13 times for 99 yards and a TD, and he completed 3 of 6 passes for 51 yards. Thomas made three receptions for 51 yards. Ravenna’s Blake Homoly completed all three of his passes for 92 yards, including an 85-yard scoring strike to Nathan Kooiman.

Derek Finlay led Ravenna (4-1, 3-0 WMC Rivers) with nine tackles, including three for lost yardage. Caleb Forsythe had five tackles and intercepted two passes, one to seal the win. Drew Mabrito had eight tackles, 1 ½ for lost yardage.

Mason County Central (1-4, 1-2) took an 8-7 lead late in the second quarter on Peyton Merz’ 10-yard run and Will Chye’s two-point conversion. The Spartans extended the lead to 14-7 in the third quarter on Landon Smith’s 15-yard TD reception before the Bulldogs pulled within 14-13 on Hogan’s 51-yard TD run.

Chye finished 6-of-14 passing for 77 yards with one TD and three interceptions. Merz had 78 rushing yards on 13 carries. The Spartans’ Jayden Perrone caught four passes for 51 yards. Brayden Overmyer had four solo tackles, including one for lost yardage. Perrone made three solo stops and had five assists, including two tackles for loss.

Next week, Ravenna hosts Hesperia and Mason County Central welcomes Hart.

Members of Ravenna’s 2022 football team posed for a group photo during West Michigan Conference Media Day hosted by CatchMark SportsNet and MLive and sponsored by VanDyk Mortgage Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at the VAC in Whitehall, Mich. (Amy Yonkman | CatchMark)

MUSKEGON CATHOLIC CENTRAL 34, ORCHARD VIEW 12: Visiting MCC built a 21-0 halftime lead and cruised to the nonleague win over former Lakes 8 Activities Conference opponent Orchard View.

Orchard View (0-5) outgained MCC (3-2) in total offense, 265-210, including 262-181 in rushing yards.

Stephon Oakes scored on a 1-yard run for the Cardinals, then Mason Tuttle capped the game’s scoring with a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Alex Theile led OV with 74 rushing yards on 12 carries, while Tuttle had 41 on five attempts.

Bryan Convertini led MCC with 117 yards and four TDs on 14 carries. David Hill had five carries for 58 yards and a score. Sam Kartes led the Crusaders defensively with 10.5 tackles.

Next week, Orchard View hosts Fremont and MCC welcomes Schoolcraft.

In this file photo, Muskegon Catholic Central takes on Oakridge Sept. 1, 2022, at Kehren Stadium in Muskegon, Mich. (Bethany McCullough | CatchMark)

WHITE CLOUD 60, HOLTON 0: Visiting White Cloud rolled to the nonleague victory over Holton, a former Central State Activities Association Silver Division opponent.

Jace Silverthorn led the Indians (2-3) with 168 rushing yards and four TDs on 16 carries. Landyn McGowen had 97 yards and three TDs on eight carries. Silverthorn also made a team-high 12 tackles with 1 ½ sacks. Lloyd Sebright-Johnson had 10 tackles with 2 ½ sacks. Xander Traynor made eight stops and had a stripped fumble recovery.

Ethan Aleem led Holton (0-5) with a whopping 15 tackles.

Next week, Holton visits Shelby while White Cloud hosts Muskegon Heights Academy.


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