GRAYLING — Jake Swander went 22-for-38 passing for 344 yards and four passing touchdowns — and also ran for one score — as Grayling surged past Elk Rapids 48-28 in a Lake Michigan Conference football battle.
Three of Swander’s touchdown tosses went to Tyler McClanahan, who caught 11 passes for 145 yards. Danny Schultz grabbed the other touchdown throw. Nick Swiercz had 61 yards receiving on four catches.
Grayling (5-1) built a 21-0 lead after one quarter and held a 41-7 advantage at the half before the Elks (4-2) scored once touchdown in the third quarter and two more in the fourth.
Michael Branch rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who host Kalkaska next week. Defensively, Justice Junttila recorded 12 tackles and had two sacks.
Glen Lake 52
Glen Lake bolted out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead in a 52-0 Northwest Conference victory over Frankfort that clinched a playoff berth.
Trevor Apsey rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on only five carries. Carter Lee ran for two more and completed 5 of 6 passes for 68 yards and another score to Thomas Waning, who hauled in four receptions.
Apsey added another touchdown with a 46-yard punt return.
Kicker Henrik Ohr made a 31-yard field goal.
Elliott Bregni led the Lakers (6-0) with nine tackles, while Apsey had seven and Waning six. Logan LaCross had three sacks.
Kole Hollenbeck led the Panthers with 36 rush yards and Dan Loney added 22. Hollenbeck, Loney and Sam Stockdale each had five tackles.
Benzie Central 22
Sophomore Daniel Gelles racked up 216 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Kingsley to a 48-22 Northwest Conference victory over Benzie Central.
Gelles scored on runs of 88, 15, 14 and 39 yards.
Tim Fisher added 112 rush yards and a touchdown as the Stags gained 429 yards on the ground, averaging nearly 10 yards a carry in the process.
Defensively, Kingsley was led by Nick Endres (13 tackles), Nate Zenner (12 tackles, fumble recovery), Mike Boss (12 tackles), Hunter Scott (interception) and Nick Ames (fumble recovery).
Tyler Newell ran for a 1-yard TD and threw for a 35-yard score to Jarid Lueck.
Benzie was led by Evan Mocan’s two touchdown runs (2 and 37 yards) and 135 yards on 25 carries. Zach Drake gained 90 yards on 16 attempts.
Devlin Philo had eight tackles and an interception, Javi Rodriguez picked off a pass, Drew Fraly forced a fumble and Tommy Smith had 12 tackles and recorded a third-quarter safety with a tackle in the end zone.
Kingsley (4-2) travels to Mesick next, while Benzie hosts Frankfort for Homecoming in only its second home game of the year.
Harbor Springs 6
Kaleb Houser ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns as Kalkaska scored once in each quarter en route to a 28-6 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Harbor Springs.
Among 24 carries, Houser’s TD runs were good from 30, 4 and 6 yards out.
Gavin Uitvlugt ran for 77 yards on 18 carries and a 1-yard TD run.
On defense, the Blazers were led by Eric Tracy (seven tackles), Blake Washburn (six tackles) and Tyler Vowels (interception).
Kalkaska (5-1) travels to Grayling next week. The Blazers led 28-0 before the Rams scored in the fourth quarter on a kickoff return.
Suttons Bay 31
Suttons Bay scored twice in the first quarter to take control early in a 31-0 victory over Mesick.
The Norsemen started off quickly, as Ken Pease finished off their first drive of the game with 2-yard touchdown run, followed by a Lars Thornton 68-yard fumble return for a score and a Devin Capron conversion pass to Zac Braden made it 14-0 with 5:41 left in the first.
Zack Rice added a 3-yard TD run in the second, Kyle Campeau a 7-yarder in the third and Lars Thornton kicked a fourth-quarter 37-yard field goal to finish off the scoring.
Campis ran for 53 yards and Rice 51.
Cluadio Ruiz paced the defense with 14 tackles and a sack, Shocko Shawandase made 10 stops, Gabe Rittenhouse had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery and Zach Smith recovered a fumble and had eight tackles.
The Norse (3-3, 3-1 Northwest) host Glen Lake next week.
The Bulldogs were led by Pete Roush’s 60 yards rushing, 55 by Brad Harris and a 30-yard reception by Tyler Myers. On defense, Zach Riffle recorded nine tackles and Harris eight. Mesick hosts Kingsley next week.
St. Ignace 49
Forest Area 7
Forest Area dropped a 49-7 Ski Valley Conference game to St. Ignace.
The Warriors’ score came on an Austin Vance 2-yard run. Dion Burke gained 92 yards on 16 carries.
Mancelona roared out to a 34-6 halftime lead in a 42-6 non-conference victory over Pickford.
The win was the fourth straight for the Ironmen (4-2).
“We held them to 106 yards of offense, so we played well defensively,” Ironmen coach Dan Derrer said. “And we moved the ball well. We’ve gotten better every week.”
Justin Spires ran for 122 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns, while Chase Wilcox gained 92 yards and Logan Borst 77. Both Wilcox and Borst also had a rushing touchdown.
Quarterback Jake Winstead was 5 for 5 passing for 77 yards and a touchdown to Luke Smigielski, who grabbed three passes for 60 yards.
Smigielski had seven tackles and two fumble recoveries on defense, and Nick Balhorn made seven stops.
Mancelona hosts Gaylord St. Mary next week for Homecoming.
Triston Rosted did a little bit of everything to lead Manton to a 39-12 Highland Conference victory over Marion.
Rosted ran 17 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns and added eight tackles and two interceptions on defense.
Luke Shepler gained 104 rush yards on 10 carries and scored two TDs.
Keith Brotherton and Jonah Nelson also picked off passes and Zack Skiver had an interception and a fumble recovery.
The Rangers (2-4, 1-3 HC) travel next week to Pine River.
Bellaire scored 46 unanswered points as star running back Chase Small returned in a 52-8 eight-man victory over Brimley.
Small, who had missed the last four games with an injury sustained in practice after the first game and didn’t play in the first quarter Friday, came in and put three second-quarter touchdowns on the board to put the Eagles in control.
Bailey Proctor threw for two touchdowns — one to Small and another to Hayden Niepoth.
Hunter Walsh scored two touchdowns — one of a first-quarter 70-yard punt return and another on a fourth-quarter 48-yard interception return.
Jacob Campis led the Eagles on defense with 18 tackles (13 solo), while Walsh had 11, Richard Winslow eight and Rick Foster seven.
Bellaire (5-1) travels next week to Engadine.
TC West frosh 26
Comstock Pk. frosh 6
Traverse City West defeated Comstock Park 26-6 in freshman football play.
Daniel Ayling and Jacob Franklin led the Titans rushing attack, aided by the blocking of Mitchell Larecey.
On defense, safety Chase Grierson and the defensive line led a strong team performance.
TC West wins Big North Match Play event
Behind a pair of 93s from Taylor Kehoe and Hunter Kehoe, Traverse City West won a Big North Conference Match Play event at Traverse City Country Club.
The Kehoes’ scores tied them for second individually. West finished with 15 1/2 points, Petoskey was second with 11 1/2 points and Traverse City Central was third with 9 points.
Central was led by Amelia Pezzetti’s medalist score of 80.
West’s Erica Whiting was fifth individually with a 103 and Summer Slack took sixth with a 104. Grace Ellul and Emily Northway each carded a 106 for the Titans.
For Central, Kate Trubac had a 105, Carly Laird had a 108, Carrie Wynkoop a 109, Molly Smith a 123 and Ashley Hulet a 137.
GT Academy 3
Cadillac Heritage 0
Grand Traverse Academy swept its Homecoming match with Cadillac Heritage, winning 25-10, 25-18, 25-9.
It was also a Pink Out game for the Mustangs.
GT Academy was led by Mira Witkowski (12 aces), Hannah Sivek (two blocks), Abi Schwanke (10 digs), Darien Wilson (five digs), Alayna Peck (two kills) and Dakota Morgan (two kills).
The Mustangs play Thursday at Northport.
— Compiled by James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski