GRAYLING — Grayling made it back-to-back Lake Michigan Conference championships with a 51-13 victory over Boyne City in a Friday night showdown between the league’s two best teams.
The Vikings (8-1) forced six Boyne City turnovers and used a mixture of running and passing to put up big offensive numbers.
Jake Swander completed 8 of 12 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Branch rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries and scored three times. Kevin Harris, who led the Vikings with 105 yards on 10 carries, also completed the only pass he attempted for 62 yards and a touchdown. Tyler McClanahan caught three touchdowns among his six catches for 155 yards. Danny Schultz had the other receiving touchdown and finished with three catches for 32 yards.
“I’m proud of the guys. I’m proud of the senior leaders. They played a great game against a great team,” said Grayling coach Tim Sanchez.
Branch had four tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception, while Nick Sweircz had seven tackles and a fumble recovery.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Boyne City (7-2).
Elk Rapids 13
Adam Trautman scored on a two-yard run with 3:24 remaining to give Elk Rapids a 13-12 win over Lake Michigan Conference rival Kalkaska.
The two playoff-bound teams finished 6-3.
“It was a great high school football game,” Elks coach Ed Schindler said. “Both defenses played well.”
Will Noble threw two touchdown passes for the Blazers.
Trautman gave the Elks a 7-6 edge at half when he connected with Kollyn Wilson on a 33-yard strike with 34 seconds left before intermission. Rob Wolfington kicked the extra point.
Kalkaska reclaimed the lead in the third quarter.
After Trautman’s TD run, the Blazers marched to the Elks 35 with a minute to go, but two sacks put the game away. Dillon Thompson finished with 11 tackles and two sacks. Kole Douglas also was in on 11 tackles for the Elks.