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.
East Jordan 18
East Jordan scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to beat Charlevoix 18-13 in a Lake Michigan Conference finale.
The Rayders, who finished 1-8, led 7-6 entering the final 12 minutes.
Shane Sutherland scored on a 16-yard run in the first half for the Rayders. Nate Moon tossed a 16-yard scoring pass to Will Telgenhof in the fourth quarter.
Sutherland finished with 116 yards on the ground. He had 15 tackles on defense.
Glen Lake 17
North Muskegon 14
Trevor Apsey dashed 88 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Glen Lake atoned for its only 2012 regular season setback with a 17-14 win over North Muskegon.
The Norsemen had taken a 14-10 lead just before Apsey’s burst.
Apsey finished with 135 yards rushing. Quarterback Travis Wiltjer added 54 yards. Wiltjer connected with David Grzebienik on a touchdown pass in the first quarter. Henrik Ohr hit a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the 8-1 Lakers a 10-7 lead at half.
Apsey led the Lakers defense with 15 tackles. Wiltjer was in on 12 stops.
Gaylord St. Mary 0
Three Kingsley running backs racked up more than 100 yards rushing as the Stags earned a playoff berth with a 56-0 win over Gaylord St. Mary.
Tim Fisher led the Stags (6-3) with eight rushes for 196 yards and two scores, Daniel Gelles added 123 yards on eight carries and scored four times and Nate Zenner had 17 carries for 114 yards and two touchdown runs.
It is the fourth time Kingsley has qualified for the postseason in the final week in the last six years.
Gelles was the key in Kingsley staking out a 42-0 lead at the half. He scored on runs of 12, 17 and 57 yards. He also hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Newell. Zenner had touchdown runs of 2 and 3 yards, while Fisher scored on runs of 4 and 96 yards — both in the second half.
Caleb Wetherholt booted four extra points, Newell ran in one two-point conversion and passed to Jarid Lueck for another.
Leading the Kingsley defense was Michael Boff with 10 tackles. Jake Zenner added nine stops and Paul Caballero had eight. Nate Zenner had three fumble recoveries.
Suttons Bay 54
TC Christian 0
Suttons Bay kept its playoff hopes alive with a 54-0 non-league win over Traverse City Christian.
The Norsemen won five of their last six games to finish 5-4.
“We did what we needed to do,” Suttons Bay coach Joe Trudeau said. “We’ll find out Sunday.”
Eight different Norsemen scored in Friday’s victory. Zac Braden caught a 21-yard pass from Casey Cross. Scoring on runs were Carter Hanson from a yard out, Zack Rice 34 yards, Ken Pease four yards, Larry Perez 25 yards, Cross seven yards and Kyle Campeau 24 yards. Gabe Rittenhouse returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown to end the first half.
Pease rushed for 81 yards in four carries, Perez 44 in six carries.
Cluadio Ruiz led the defense with 14 tackles and a sack. Shocko Shawandase added 11 tackles to go over 100 for the season. Zack Smith chipped in 10 tackles and two sacks.
Pete Roush scored four touchdowns as Mesick won its first game, a 26-13 verdict over Brethren.
“A nice way for our seniors to go out,” Bulldogs coach Josh Crocker said.
Roush rushed for 167 yards and three scores and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Humphreys.
Brad Harris led the Bulldog defense with 15 tackles. Zach Gonyer and Zach Riffle had seven each.
David Loney threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, while Brandon Schaub ran for two more as Frankfort ended its season with a 30-20 win over Onekama.
Loney hit Ryan Plumstead with a 16-yard touchdown pass and Connor Bradley with a 17-yard touchdown pass. Loney also ran in a score from 7 yards out. Schaub, who had 115 yards rushing on 19 carries, scored on a pair of 1-yard runs. Loney finished with 135 yards passing on 11 of 16 throws. Six of his completions went to Bradley for 76 yards.
Leading the Frankfort defense was Jacob Chappell with five tackles. Bradley and Ken Frieswyk each picked off passes.
The Panthers (4-5) never trailed, holding an 18-6 lead after one quarter and 24-14 at the half.
Benzie Central 28
Evan Mochan had rushing touchdowns of 29 and 25 yards, but Benzie Central fell to Manistee 40-28.
Mochan finished with 177 yards rushing on 25 carries. Zach Drake had a 1-yard touchdown run. Chase Buist scored the Huskies’ other touchdown.
Drew Byrd scored on a two-point conversion and had 71 yards receiving on five catches.
Michael Hoffert led the defense for the Huskies (1-8) with 11 tackles and an interception. Charlie LaPan recovered a fumble.
Inland Lakes 26
Mancelona stopped Inland Lakes on a two-point conversion in the third overtime to pull out a 28-26 win.
The Ironmen finished the regular season 7-2, Inland Lakes 6-3. Both are headed to the playoffs.
Logan Borst scored on a 10-yard run, and Justin Spires took in the two-point conversion, to give Mancelona the lead in the third overtime.
Borst finished with 157 yards on the ground.
The Ironmen scored with 3:03 left in the fourth to force overtime at 14-14. Spires went in from a yard and Eric Wheeler ran in the two-point conversion.
Both teams scored in the first overtime. Spires had a two-yard scoring run for Mancelona.
ColeVanWagoner scored Mancelona’s first touchdown of the game on a one-yard plunge.
VanWagoner, Gramnt Derrer and Luke Smigielski led the Ironmen with eight tackles.
Nine different players scored for Johannesburg-Lewiston in a 63-19 win over Pellston.
Jac Vandt led the 7-2 Cardinals with 84 yards in two carries and one touchdown. Nick May rushed for 70 yards and one score. Trevor Pickelmann returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown while Ethan May returned a punt 55 yards for six points.
“We’re playing really well,” coach Joe Smokevitch said. “We’re clicking. This is a lot different team than the start of the season.”
Forest Area 42
Manistee CC 12
Forest Area overcame a 12-7 deficit at the half by scoring 35 unanswered points, posting a 42-12 victory over Manistee Catholic Central.
Austin Vance threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more for the Warriors (3-6). Vance connected on a 47-yard strike to Jeremy Richards and a 27-yard pass to Justin Burke. Vance’s rushing touchdowns were from 9 and 47 yards. Dion Burke had 192 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.
The Warriors led 7-6 at the end of the first half, but Catholic Central took a five-point lead at the half. Forest Area owned the second half, switching to a pistol formation, starting by pounding their fullback and that opened up the passing attack for bombs over the top of the defense.
Dion Burke had 16 tackles to lead Forest Area’s defense. Richards picked off two passes.
Pine River 32
Senior Zach Stephan stormed to 203 yards rushing in 21 carries and scored four times as McBain outscored host Pine River 46-32 in a Highland Conference clash.
Stephan tallied on runs of 9, 70, 18 and 38 yards for the Ramblers (5-4, 3-3), who needed to win to have an outside shot at making the playoffs. Stephan also grabbed a 68-yard TD toss from Jordan Vanderhoef and had a 44-yard kickoff return in the game. It is the fourth time this season that Stephan has recorded more than 300 combined yards rushing and receiving.
Fullback Seth Barnette blasted to 89 yards in 17 tries and scored on two conversion runs.
Barnette also led the Ramblers defensively with eight takedowns. Linebacker Ethan Eisenga made seven stops and Briar Mulder had six with a fumble recovery. Junior safety Grant Gugle had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Skyler Nelson threw two TD passes Brandon Fulks to set a school record for Pine River (3-6).
TC St. Francis 40
Muskegon Catholic 29
St. Francis closed out its junior varsity football season with eight straight wins, the last coming in a 40-29 victory over Muskegon Catholic Central.
Joe Coates threw two touchdowns passes, one of which was hauled in by Jake Klingelsmith, who added three more rushing touchdowns.
The Gladiators (8-1) only trailed in the early going, taking the lead for good on a Klingelsmith 80-yard run in the second quarter that made it a 12-7 game. Klingelsmith also added touchdown runs of 23 and 4 yards. His touchdown catch from Coates covered 23 yards. Klingelsmith added one two-point conversion.
Coates started the scoring for St. Francis with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Piacardat. Tim Bott capped off the Gladiators’ scoring with a 1-yard plunge that was set up by a 40-yard run from Bott.
Connor McGee had a two-point conversion for the Glads.
Defensively, McGee, Matt Diggar, Andy Nelson, Connor Franklin, Bott, Coates and Picardat were the key players for St. Francis.
— Compiled by Dennis Chase, Chris Dobrowolski and Mike Dunn