BAY CITY, MI — A look at Week 6 of the 2021 high school football season for the 25 teams in the MLive Bay City coverage area for Oct. 1-2, 2021. Area coaches are asked to report scores and highlights the night of each game by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay City area scoreboard for Week 6
BAY CITY WESTERN 56, MIDLAND 8
Bay City Western handed Midland its most lopsided loss in at least 70 years, rolling to the 56-8 victory. The Warriors scored twice in the first 1:21 of the game and never looked back while keeping its Saginaw Valley League North title hopes intact.
Joe Wiedyk rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns to spirit the bounceback victory for Western (5-1, 2-1).
READ Lee Thompson’s story from Midland at Western
MOUNT PLEASANT 37, BAY CITY CENTRAL 6
Bay City Central is a struggling bunch, and Mount Pleasant did the Wolves no favors.
Ranked No. 3 in the state and perched in first place in the Saginaw Valley League North, the Oilers powered to a 37-6 victory that sent Central to its first 0-6 start since 1949.
“Losing and winning are contagious,” Central coach Kevin Frederick said. “Our challenge is to get this team to believe they can win.
“Little mistakes can be costly and we have struggled to maintain a level of consistency that’s necessary to win a game.”
Mount Pleasant (6-0, 3-0), which led 21-0 by halftime, got two touchdown runs from Max Humphrey and two TD tosses from Ryan McIntyre to pull away.
Central (0-6, 0-3) dodged the shutout when Carson White scored on a 24-yard run with 12 seconds left in the game. Carlos Harris led the Wolves with 66 yards on nine rushes while White added 59 yards on five carries.
A.J. Kaczanowski was 4 of 7 passing for 40 yards while stepping in for injured quarterback Kyle Sporman.
The Wolves return to Engel Stadium – after playing five of its first six games on the road – for homecoming in Week 7.
FREELAND 46, JOHN GLENN 14
Freeland had two long scoring drives in the first quarter and three long scoring plays in the second, racing past John Glenn 46-14 in Tri-Valley East action.
“They jumped on us early and we never really recovered,” Glenn coach Jon Horton said. “When you play a team playing at the level they have been, you have to be at the top of your game, and we couldn’t get to that level tonight.”
No. 8-ranked Freeland (5-1, 4-1) got two touchdown runs and one TD pass from Bryson Huckeby. Nathan Levinson, Jacob Kundinger and Garrett Pistro each added rushing touchdowns in the win while Ty Fournier returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score.
Glenn (3-3, 2-3) got a pair of touchdown runs by Wyatt Weyrowske to get on the board in the second half. Weyrowske was 4 of 9 passing for 63 yards and rushed 13 times for 71 yards. Noah Rylance caught four passes for 58 yards.
Joseph Maier fronted the Glenn defense with eight tackles.
ALMA 28, ESSEXVILLE GARBER 27 (OT)
The Alma Panthers turned the momentum so thoroughly, they even did the improbable.
Alma completed a stunning second-half comeback by stoning Essexville Garber’s 300-pound Alex VanSumeren at the goal line, pulling off a 28-27 overtime victory.
Garber (4-2, 3-2) saw a 21-3 halftime lead slip away. But after scoring a touchdown in overtime, the Dukes went for a make-or-break two-point conversion and handed the ball to the Michigan State University commit.
VanSumeren had powered his way into the end zone a week ago to give Garber an overtime win over Birch Run. This time, Alma had the answer.
“We went with big Alex, but they clogged the middle and stopped us,” Garber coach Jake Coquillard said.
“I hate when kids have to take a loss like this. They played their guts out. If anybody has to take the blame for this loss, I’ll take it.
“But they’re a resilient bunch of guys and they’ll be back next week, I know it.”
Playing their first game without starting quarterback Tommy Szczepanski, who is out for the rest of the season with an injury, the Dukes couldn’t put Alma away. Caleb Christe and Logan Anthony ran for touchdowns and Cade Coquillard passed to Max Fellows for another score as Garber built the 21-3 halftime lead.
But Alma scratched its way back to force overtime, then scored a touchdown and kicked what proved to be the game-winning PAT.
Christe ran for 142 yards on 22 carries while Cade Coquillard was 10 of 17 passing for 157 yards. Anthony caught seven balls for 109 yards.
Tanner Szczepanski led the Garber defense with 12 tackles while Ethan Burrows had 10 and Dan Lazarowicz nine. VanSumeren notched seven stops, with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 42, AKRON-FAIRGROVE 24
Akron-Fairgrove wouldn’t go quietly on homecoming, but Bay City All Saints did a good job keeping the Vikings in catchup mode.
The Cougars jumped out early and powered to a 42-24 victory in eight-player football action in the NCTL Stripes Division.
“Akron-Fairgrove has a team you need to respect and they gave us some fits,” All Saints coach Eric Gust said. “But we were able to overcome.”
All Saints (4-2, 3-2) led 28-8 at the half and got a huge performance from quarterback Brendan VanSumeren to stay in front. The senior rolled up 128 yards and fourth touchdowns on 16 carries and was 5 of 12 passing for 69 yards, hitting Ryan McDonell for a score.
McDonell ran for 140 yards and a TD on 22 carries. Luke Dengler led the defense with 11 tackles while McDonell added nine and Robbie Ballard notched seven. Damien Torres picked off a pass for the Cougars.
Akron-Fairgrove (1-5, 1-4) found a good connection in Wyatt Brink and Gatlin Guild. Brink passed for 205 yards, hitting Guild for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin Johnson rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings.
“We played with a lot of heart and continued to battle back,” A-F coach Dominic Trogan said.
Brink led the A-F defense with 18 tackles.
BEAVERTON 56, PINCONNING 6
A pair of win-hungry teams squared off, and it turned into a Beaverton feast.
The Beavers powered to a 56-6 victory over Pinconning in Jack Pine Conference action, putting 35 points on the board in the first half.
“We had a good week of practice. I’m glad that it translated into a good performance,” Beaverton coach Aaron Seiser said.
Noah Coffey erupted for a huge performance for Beaverton (2-4, 2-3). He ran seven times for 204 yards and four touchdowns and fired a touchdown pass to Mitchell Hall. Travis Ficek added two TD runs in the win.
Logan Love fronted the Beaverton defense with nine stops while Brian Northrup added 7.5 tackles.
Pinconning (1-5, 1-4) got on the board on a 2-yard TD run by Thaddeus Nashatka on the first play of the fourth quarter. Cooper Norman led the Spartans with 61 yards on 15 carries.
MARQUETTE 40, CLARE 39
Clare traveled and long, long way to take on Marquette, and the Pioneers made certain it was an eventful trip.
The high-powered game went down to the wire, lingering in doubt until Clare’s final pass fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired in a thrilling 40-39 loss.
“That was one of the most exciting games we have been in in the last 10-15 years,” Clare coach Kelly Luplow said. “Our kids played their hearts out. I’m very proud of their effort against the No. 1 team in the U.P.”
Clare (4-2) saw a nine-point lead late in the third quarter turn into an eight-point deficit in the fourth. The Pioneers punched in a touchdown with 4:01 to play, but the game-tying PAT kick bounced off the upright, leaving it at 40-39.
Clayton Phillips picked off a pass with 1:14 to play to give Clare one more shot, and the Pioneers nearly made it count.
Al Warner had a big game for Clare, rushing for 181 yards and two TDs on 23 carries while Beau Weldon rushed for 85 yards and two scores on 17 carries. Jacob Recker completed 7 of 12 passes for 117 yards and two TDs, both going to Dawson John, who had five catches for 90 yards.
Kevin Tanner led the defense with 11 tackles, Westyn Bryant notched nine and Carter Smedley eight.
HARRISON 40, SANFORD MERIDIAN 16
Harrison found another gear just in time, blowing past Sanford Meridian for a 40-16 victory after trailing by four in the third quarter.
Caleb Hoskey erupted for the Hornets (5-1, 4-1), going for 246 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Jackson Collins also scored two touchdowns while Samual Rust added one score and rolled up 109 yards on 10 rushes.
Hoskey notched nine tackles and Jayven Hamilton eight with two sacks. Haydin Sims picked off two passes for Harrison while Conner Kirby and Rust each added one interception.
GLADWIN 73, SHEPHERD 0
Gladwin registered its fifth shutout of the season, barreling through Shepherd 73-0 in Jack Pine Conference play.
The Flying G’s even scored two touchdowns on defense, as Randy Pyrzewski returned a fumble 25 yards to the end zone and Kaden McDonald took an interception 80 yards to the house.
“Our defense was tremendous again tonight,” Gladwin coach Marc Jarstfer said. “Our guys really take pride in that side of the ball and play with great effort.”
Nick Wheeler sparked the offense with 9 of 10 passing for 196 yards, hitting McDonald and Richard Woodford for TDs. He also rushed 12 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns.
Jhace Massey went for 119 yards and two scores on nine carries while Earl Esiline and Aaron Kozlow each got in the end zone with touchdown carries.
LAKE CITY 28, HOUGHTON LAKE 20
Riding the momentum of its first win of the season, Houghton Lake made a bid to make it two in a row but came up short in a 28-20 loss to Lake City.
Brian Morgan delivered his usual strong performance, battling for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries for the Bobcats (1-5, 1-4). Ean Trader added 77 yards on 11 carries.
Elliot Carell completed 4 of 10 passes for 137 yards, connecting with Jeven Emerick for a 60-yard touchdown.
BAD AXE 37, REESE 7
No. 4-ranked Reese scored on its first possession then never again as the No. 5-ranked Bad Axe defense got tough en route to a 37-7 victory in the Greater Thumb West’s first-place showdown.
The win leaves Bad Axe and Laker as the lone unbeaten teams in league play.
Reese (5-1, 4-1) got a 67-yard hookup from Tanner TerBush to Damarquss Palmreuter, taking a 7-6 lead into the second quarter. But the Rockets floundered from there, rushing for minus-3 yards on the night.
TerBush was 12 of 26 passing for 181 yards, going to Palmreuter six times for 115 yards. Levi Foco caught three balls for 59 yards.
Jacob Rau led the Reese defense with nine tackles.
LAKER 14, UNIONVILLE-SEBEWAING 0
The Thumb-area rivalry turned into a test of grit and guts, and Laker passed with flying colors.
The Lakers stopped USA on the doorstep of the goal line twice and scratched for two TDs on offense to score a 14-0 victory that kept them undefeated in Greater Thumb West action.
Laker (5-1, 4-0) got a 15-yard TD connection from Connor McCain to Mikel Good for a 6-0 lead at halftime. USA (2-4, 1-3) recovered an on-side kick to open the second half and drove to the 1-yard line.
But the Laker defense came up with a stop, then watched its offense march 99 yards for a pivotal score. McCain threw to Dylan Wehner for the touchdown and the conversion for the 14-0 cushion.
McCain finished 6 of 7 for 99 yards and the two scores. Zac Kretzschmer rushed for 96 yards on 13 carries and Ethan Wissner churned out 36 tough yards.
Good and Logan Collison-Russell fronted the defense with 11 tackles each while Payton Kinney rung up five stops.
Braylon Ballard rushed for 106 yards on 24 carries for USA. Brooks Little registered six tackles to lead the defense while Noah Crumm and Ballard had five apiece.
CASS CITY 20, HARBOR BEACH 13
Cass City scored a much-needed victory, cranking up its running game to outduel Harbor Beach 20-13 in non-conference play.
The Red Hawks (2-4) nearly had three backs with more than 100 yards while churning out 335 yards on the ground. Aiden Torres went for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries while Landyn Schott rushed for 112 yards on 15 carries and Jordan Mester tallied 99 yards and a score on 16 carries.
The Cass City defense finished the job, making the one-score lead hold up over the final 9:45. Mester notched six tackles and Josh Seeley five in the win.
AU GRES 58, HALE 50
One year after going 1-6, Au Gres has captured at least a share of the North Star League championship after a 58-50 victory over Hale.
It was an eight-player football slugfest as both teams put up big points and lit up the scoreboard.
Mason VanSickle engineered the offense for Au Gres (6-0, 5-0), passing for 175 yards and four touchdown while rushing 17 times for 190 yards and two scores. Gabe Metzger caught six balls for 132 yards and two TDs while Evan Saunders had five receptions for 83 yards and two TDs.
Keagan Bender rolled up 174 yards and two TDs on 14 carries. He also had a big day on defense with 19 tackles while Saunders picked off three passes in the secondary. Parker Nelson had 13 stops and Cole Pendred 12.
Hale (2-4, 2-2) got another monstrous night from Robert Rosebrugh. The senior QB rushed 34 times for 237 yards and three touchdowns while completing 11 of 17 passes for 132 yards and two scores. He also had 10 tackles and an interception on defense.
Jeff Guoan caught a pair of TD tosses for Hale while Zach Koepke rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown. Nate Hall registered 13 tackles while Koepke and Alex Wanty nabbed interceptions.
“We competed and never gave up,” Hale coach Grant Kortman said. “Disappointed with another loss, but we’ll continue to grind and hope to finish 3-0 in our next three games.”
MIO 49, ATLANTA 32
Mio rolled up some big yards on the ground but had success punching it in through the air.
Austin Fox fired four touchdown toss to lead the Thunderbolts to a 49-32 victory over Atlanta in North Star League play. Mio (5-1, 4-1) continues to impress after going winless a season ago.
Fox was 8 of 13 passing for 169 yards and the four scores, hitting Lewis Kuffel for two TDs and Brandon Wiltse and Nathan Hurst for one apiece. Dallas Long ran for 150 yards and two TDs on 10 carries while Hurst went for 132 and a score on 10 carries.
Long led the defense with 14 tackles while Wiltse and Fox picked off passes and Ryan Frost recovered a fumble and blocked a punt.
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