FRANKFORT — Glen Lake clinched the outright Northwest Conference title with a 15-12 victory Friday over Frankfort.
The Lakers (7-0, 5-0 NWC) took a 15-0 lead into the fourth quarter before Frankfort mounted a comeback bid.
Dan Loney tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Connor Bradley and Loney ran for a 15-yard TD to cut the lead to three with 1:48 left. The Panthers tried an on-side kick, but it was recovered by the Lakers' Mike O'Brien.
Glen Lake went up on a Trevor Apsey 38-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to lead 6-0 at halftime.
Logan LaCross tackled Loney in the end zone for a safety and Carter Lee ran for a 7-yard TD for a 15-0 lead with 6:42 left in the third.
If the Panthers (3-4) had won, it would have kept hopes alive for Kingsley, which defeated Benzie Central.
"We're 3-4 and could be 6-1 if we could pull these close ones out," Frankfort coach Matt Stapleton said.
Lee led the Lakers with 92 rushing yards, with Apsey adding 60. On defense, Elliott Bregni led the way with 11 tackles, Apsey 10 and O'Brien eight.
O'Brien, Dale Pleva, Nick Schweikart and Curtis Bunek recovered fumbles.
Loney ran for 76 yards and threw for 135 on 10 of 19 passing. Nolan Nye caught four passes for 54 yards and Bradley had four receptions for 52 yards.
Mike Smith and Kyle Jensen paced Frankfort with six tackles each, while Tony Evans and David Cunningham had five each and Cunningham recovered a fumble.
Kingsley 73 Benzie Central 12
Kingsley scored three defensive touchdowns in a 73-12 victory over Benzie Central.
Derrek Arlt returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown, and Justin Lidak and Connor Fitzpatrick each brought back fumbles for scores.
Tristan Eickenroth ran five times for 114 yards and three touchdowns and Travis DeBello added 118 yards and two TDs on eight carries.
Nate Zenner scored on a 1-yard TD run and Fitzpatrick had a 12-yard TD run. Tyler Newell threw for a two-point conversion and led the Stags (5-2, 4-1 NWC) defense with six tackles. Fitzpatrick recovered two fumbles, and Jarid Lueck and Lidak also had interceptions.
R.J. Kerr kicked three extra points.
Benzie's scores came on a 15-yard TD run by Javier Rodriguez and an 8-yard Corey Bock run.
Suttons Bay 26 Mesick 12
Suttons Bay scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win its first game, a 26-12 verdict over Northwest Conference rival Mesick.
Zack Rice paced the Norsemen, rushing for 101 yards and two touchdowns. His scores covered 61 and two yards. Quarterback Sean Lammy connected with Chase Pattison on a 29-yard touchdown pass while Dylan Evatt rambled 66 yards to close out the scoring. Alex Crocker kicked two extra points.
Matt Pigg led the Suttons Bay defense with 14 tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack. Dakota Beaton contributed 11 tackles. Rice also had an interception.
Boyne City 25 Charlevoix 6
Boyne City kept its record unblemished with a 25-6 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Charlevoix.
The Ramblers (7-0, 4-0 LMC) and Grayling continue their march to a Week 9 showdown for the league title.
Boyne plays Elk Rapids (4-3) next week, while Grayling (7-0) faces East Jordan (0-7).
Charlevoix (0-7) was led by 97 rushing yards from Tanner Catt on 18 carries. Charlie Hamilton caught three passes for 25 yards and ran for another 24.
On defense, the Rayders were led by Shane Sutherland (10 tackles), Alex Brown (nine), Catt (seven), Greyson Spegle (six), Tommy Zipp (six) and Bryan Noirot (five).
Elk Rapids 40 Harbor Springs 12
Elk Rapids led 34-6 at halftime en route to a 40-12 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Harbor Springs.
Nate Wilson caught three Eddie Shaw passes — all for touchdowns — for 170 yards.
Shaw passed for 217 yards, and hit Wilson for scores of 81, 34 and 55 yards. Shaw was 5 of 5 passing.
Thais Grays had touchdown runs of 13 and 61 yards and racked up 152 yards on 12 carries. Andy Digiovanni added a 3-yard TD run.
Harbor Springs (2-5) scored on David Walker touchdowns runs of 34 and 2 yards.
Wilson added a sixth catch — an interception — and Grays also had one. Logan Sentieri had 10 tackles and Cole Douglass nine.
The Elks (4-3, 3-1 LMC) host Boyne City on Friday.
Lake City 32 Evart 21
Lake City rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to score four unanswered touchdowns in the second half and beat visiting Highland Conference foe Evart 32-21.
Quarterback Drew Marion led the Trojans (6-1, 4-1) with touchdowns runs of 39, 15, 3 and 15 yards while amassing 138 yards in 23 carries. He also hit on 10-of-23 passes for 153 yards, including a 6-yard TD strike to Ryan Vincent, who had four catches for 44 yards. Kevin Kunkel caught two for 59 yards.
Nate Holt, Storm Francisco and Kunkel had interceptions in the second half and Kyler Root and Mike Dziendziel had fumble recoveries for Lake City, which made the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
John Danley had TD runs of 24 and 2 yards for Evart (5-2, 3-2).
Mancelona 58 Gaylord St. Mary 12
Mancelona clinched at least a share of the Ski Valley Conference South Division crown with a 58-12 victory over Gaylord St. Mary.
Wyatt Derrer ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns and Trevor Ackler had 121 yards and three scores for the Ironmen (7-0, 4-0 SVC).
Sam Day added 64 rush yards on six carries, and Jacob Winstead threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Luke Smigielski.
Nick Balhorn spearheaded the Mancelona defense with five tackles and a fumble recovery. Jacob Allen added an interception and Garrett Derrer had a fumble recovery.
The Ironmen host Forest Area on Friday with a chance to lock up the outright division title.
Johannesburg 56 Onaway 14
Dillon Kibby had 409 all-purpose yards as Johannesburg-Lewiston posted a 56-14 Ski Valley win over Onaway.
Kibby scored four touchdowns in the game. He returned a kick and an interception for scores.
Mitch Hardy rushed for 175 yards and two scores.
Central Lake 64 Forest Area 38
Central Lake picked up a 64-38 Ski Valley Conference win over Forest Area.
The Warriors had three touchdown passes from sophomore Austin Vance, who made his first start at quarterback. Scotty Sedwick caught two of the TDs from 62 and 45 yards.
Justin Burke ran for two touchdowns for Forest Area, which travels to Mancelona next week.
Bellaire 56 Engadine 33
Chase Small scored four touchdowns and three two-points conversions as Bellaire beat Engadine, 56-33.
The Eagles (5-2) also had three touchdowns from Zach Smith and a 73-yard kickoff return for a score for Wes Villafane.
Smith ran 19 times for 163 yards, Small had 132 yards on 23 carries while Hunter Walsh had 18 carries for 108 yards.
Defensively, Jacob Campis had 14 tackles while Villafane had 10. Bellaire hosts unbeaten Cedarville next week.
St. Francis JV 14 Saginaw Nouvel JV 0
For the first time in school history, the St. Francis JV beat Saginaw Nouvel, 14-0, in a game prior to the varsity contest.
The defense led the way for the Glads (4-3), paced by Ryan Armour, Joe Trucco, Ben Walter and Robbie Williams.
Jake Summers and Trucco each scored a touchdown.
TC Christian 4 Bellaire 0
Traverse City Christian bumped off Bellaire with a non-conference 4-0 shutout victory.
David Bump recorded the shutout in net and Paul Bump scored the game's first two goals to give the Sabres a 2-0 halftime lead.
Ian Spencer and Jacob Rorick added second-half goals.
Bellaire falls to 14-5.
Wes Nelson, Daniel Weber and Cam Beemer led the TC Christian defense. The Sabres (15-2) host Northport on Wednesday.
Suttons Bay 4 Kalkaska 0
Eric Chapman scored two goals to lead Suttons Bay to a 4-0 shutout of Kalkaska.
The victory improves the Norsemen to 5-6-4 overall and 3-3-4 in the Greater Northwest Soccer Conference.
Chris Jasinski and Miguel Calderon added goals for Suttons Bay, and Aaron Orban made two saves in net.
The Norse travel Monday to Northport.
-- Compiled by Dennis Chase, James Cook, Mike Eckert and Mike Dunn