STANDISH — Standish-Sterling scored two touchdowns in an 11-second span late in the fourth quarter Friday to beat Kingsley 21-14 in a Division 5 football playoff game.
The Panthers snapped a 7-7 deadlock with 4:49 remaining on a one-yard run by Austin Snyder.
Eleven seconds later, Matt Crawford returned an interception 28 yards to make it 21-7.
Kingsley, which finished 6-4, scored with 1:13 to go on an 18-yard pass from Tyler Newell to Jarid Lueck. The onside kick, though, did not go the required 10 yards and Standish-Sterling was able to run out the clock.
The Panthers took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a Jimmy Cousins 46-yard run. Kingsley scored the equalizer in the second quarter on a 25-yard pass from Newell to Tyler Case.
The Stags rushed for 162 yards, 67 by Dan Gelles. Cousins led Standish-Sterling with with 132 yards on the ground.
Nicklas Endres had 14 tackles and Nick Ames nine for the Stags. Newell had an interception.
Lake City 35
Lake City quarterback Drew Marion carried the ball 31 times for 209 yards in the rain and scored four touchdowns as the Trojans (9-1) defeated visiting Whittemore-Prescott 35-20 to advance to the Division 7 district title game for the second year in a row.
The Trojans play at No. 1 seed Lincoln-Alcona (10-0), which defeated McBain 38-28.
“It was an old-fashioned smash mouth football game,” said Lake City coach Tim Peterson. “We played very physical on both sides of the ball. Our O-line did a great job of creating holes.”
Marion scored on runs of 26, 2, 4 and 6 yards and slot receiver Kevin Kunkel tallied on a 19-yard reverse. Marion booted three PATs and also threw for two points to Bradley Atkins.
Lake City amassed more than 400 yards rushing in the contest. Senior Jake Truesdale blasted his way to 93 yards in 16 attempts and Kunkel carried six times for 80 yards.
Marion hit on 5-of-14 passes for 62 yards, including two to Dylan Allard for 27 yards. He also found Atkins for a key 10-yard gain on fourth down inside the 20 on the Trojans’ second scoring drive. There were several dropped passes on both sides because of the wet conditions.
The Trojans rallied to take a 14-12 lead at halftime then scored on their first two possessions of the second half to pull away, going 63 yards in nine plays and then 82 yards in 13 plays to control the ball for most of the third quarter and build a 28-12 lead.
Lake City also scored on its next possession, marching 70 yards in eight plays to take a commanding 35-12 lead with 7:53 remaining in the game.
Whittemore QB Jens Gilling scored on a runs of 7 and 3 yards and hooked up with Jose Rodriguez for 38 yards.
Defensively for Lake City, Allard had nine takedowns and Austin Booms made eight stops. Strong safety Truesdale had seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Kunkel also had a fumble recovery.
Nick May scored two second-half touchdowns as Johannesburg-Lewiston edged Atlanta 26-20 in a Division 8 pre-district.
The Cardinals (8-2) will now face St. Ignace at 7 p.m. next Friday in St. Ignace.
May scored on a 15-yard run in the third quarter to push a 14-12 lead to 20-12. He then went in from four yards in the fourth quarter to make it 26-12. May finished with 105 yards on 23 carries.
Dillon Cushman led the Cardinals with 134 yards in 13 carries. He broke an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, snapping a 6-6 tie.
Atlanta got on the board first on a 37-yard pass from Seth Teets to Kyle Klein. Johannesburg’s Ethan May tied it on a two-yard run. Cushman’s dash, and Brandon Huff’s two-point conversion, gave the Cardinals a 14-6 lead.
But the Huskies closed to within 14-12 just before half on a short run by Teets.
After the Cardinals went up 26-12, Teets connected with Jacob Chambers on a 71-yard pass for the game’s final score.
Andrew Gross led the Johannesburg defense with 17 tackles. Coalton Huff had 14.
GT Academysweeps tri meet
Grand Traverse Academy defeated Mason County Central and host Onekama in a triangular meet.
The Mustangs topped the Portagers 25-14, 25-20 and Mason County 25-13, 25-9.
GT Academy — whose junior varsity also swept the tri — was led by Alayna Peck (five kills), Hannah Sivek (nine kills, six blocks) and Mira Witkowski (six aces).
The Mustangs play the winner of Traverse City Christian and Northport in Leland on Wednesday.
Stags 1-2 in home quad
Kingsley topped Central Lake and dropped matches to Boyne City and Roscommon in its “Dig In For Districts” quad.
The Stags defeated Central Lake 25-17, 25-18, falling 18-25, 19-25 to Boyne and 21-25, 22-25 to the Bucks.
Kingsley ends the regular season with a 47-9-6 record and plays Mason County Central in districts Wednesday at Manistee. The two teams split an early-season tournament match.
For the day, the Stags were led by Lilly Travis (20 kills, 22 digs), Leah Hall (seven kills, 48 assists), Alysia Folkersma (nine kills, six blocks), Autumn Goggin (15 kills, 32 digs, three aces) and Lindsey Weber (22 digs).
Boyne City went 2-1. The Ramblers also beat Central Lake 25-12, 25-16 and lost to Roscommon 16-25, 19-25. They are now 45-12-5.
Boyne City was paced by Heather Nichols (52 assists), Kylie Hicks (24 kills), Paige Hornbeck (29 digs, 13 kills), Mallory Karasewski (25 digs, 11 kills) and Erin Baker (24 digs).
Compiled by James Cook