Elk Rapids	35
Elk Rapids scored three touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the second quarter as the Elks took a 35-0 win from Mancelona.
Adam Troutman accounted for two of those scores and had three touchdowns on the night, two passing and one running. He connected with Rob Wolfington on scoring strikes of 54 and 44 yards, the second being the third of the Elks' second-quarter scores to put them ahead 28-0 at the half. Troutman, who went 4-for-8 for 108 yards, also ran in a touchdown from 4 yards out. earlier in the quarter. Thais Grays had a 54-yard touchdown run and Logan Sentieri scored on an 83-yard run. He also kicked the five PATs.
Sentieri gained 106 yards on five carries and Grays added 97 yards on five carries. Wolfington had three catches for 89 yards. Defensively, Ryan Bush and Sean Wells had eight tackles apiece.
Leroy Pine River	14
Kalkaska burst out to a 28-0 lead through three quarters on the way to a 28-14 victory over Leroy Pine River.
Will Noble went 3 of 7 passing for 98 yards and three scores. He found Kaleb Hauser on a 44-yard touchdown and added a 30-yard scoring pass to Gavin Uitvlugt as well as a 24-yard touchdown pass to Justin Holtz. Hauser added 113 yards rushing on 16 carries and had a two-point conversion.
Kalkaska's other score came on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Josh Hill.
Defensively, Noble contributed two interceptions. Eric Tracey had a team-high 12 tackles, while Uitvlugt added seven stops, and Hauser and Hunter Shelton chipped in six tackles each.
St. Ignace	0
Charlevoix forced six turnovers and broke open a scoreless contest in the second half in beating St. Ignace 20-0 in head coach Ron Bindi's first game leading the Rayders.
KeNen Borths picked up three of those turnovers, returning on for a 45-yard touchdown that put the first points on the board with eight minutes to go in the third quarter. Sam Hovie ran in a pair of carries in the final four minutes of the game — one from 1 yard and another from 48. Luke Klinger had a two-point conversion.
Klinger went 4-for-9 passing for 53 yards and added 77 yards rushing. Hovie led the Rayders with 84 yards rushing on nine carries.
Borths led the defense with 13 tackles, Sam Eakes had 11 tackles and Hovie had eight tackles and one sack. Shane Sutherland contributed a fumble recovery and Austin Putman had an interception. Besides forcing the turnovers, Charlevoix's defense maintained the shutout with the aid of two goal line stands.
Jake Swander went 14-for-38 for 210 passing yards and a touchdown as Grayling beat Roscommon 31-6.
Swander also threw three interceptions.
Tyler McClanahan hauled in eight of those passes for 146 yards and a score. Michael Branch led the ground game with 48 yards on nine carries.
Kevin Harris contributed two scores, one coming on a 45-yard interception return and he also booted a 41-yard field goal.
Kingsley pounded the ball for 289 rushing yards in a 21-14 non-conference victory over McBain.
Tim Fisher led the ground game with 15 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Tyler Newell completed six of eight passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns — both to TaeQuon Allen, on throws of 9 and 35 yards.
Newell's TD passes to Allen put the Stags up 14-6 at halftime, as Newell ran in a two-point conversion on the second.
Fisher's 5-yard TD run in the 3rd put Kingsley up 21-6 with 10:19 remaining, and McBain scored a late touchdown to pull within a score, but couldn't get any closer.
"I'm proud of the game plan the coaches put together and the kid for executing it," Stags coach Jason Leonard said. "They overcame a lot of adversity with penalties. ... We had two touchdowns called back."
Kelly Lark paced the defense with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, and Mike Boff added 10 stops.
Manton shut out Mesick to retain the Little Brown Jug in a non-conference season opener.
The win was Steve Hejnal's first as the Rangers' new coach.
Sophomore quarterback Brock Clough completed 10 of 14 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns as four different Manton players had at least 50 receiving yards each.
Luke Shepler opened the scoring with a first-quarter 4-yard run and Jonah Nelson tacked on a 1-yard TD plunge. Caleb Locktosh hit both extra points to give the Rangers a 14-0 lead after one quarter.
Clough hit Keefe Brotherton for an 80-yard strike in the second quarter and Locktosh from 35 yards out in the third. Locktosh hit another extra points, and Clough ran in a two-point conversion.
Brotherton finished with 92 receiving yards, Locktosh 57, Nelson 55 and Matt Skiver 52.
Shepler led the defense with 10 tackles, Tristan Rosted had six, Brotherton picked off a pass and Steven Helsel recovered a fumble.
Mesick recovered three fumbles, returning one for a touchdown that was called back by a penalty.
Suttons Bay 7
Suttons Bay led 7-0 at halftime before depth issues combined with heat kicked in and Evart pulled away fro a 33-7 non-conference win.
The Norsemen went up on a 28-yard scoring pas from Devin Capron to Casey Cross with 28 ticks left in the first half. Lars Thornton kicked the extra point.
"It was not a good night for a small team," Suttons Bay coach Joe Trudeau said. "We were ahead at halftime, but I could see we were going to be gassed."
The Norse have only 17 players this season, and one missed the game with a shoulder separation and two more were injured in the contest to finish with 14.
"We lost a couple kids and didn't have kids where we needed them," Trudeau said.
Larry Perez led Suttons Bay with 46 rushing yards on nine attempts, and Capron completed six passes for 59 yards.
The Norse host Kalkaska next Friday.
Lake City 45
Lake City quarterback Drew Marion rushed for five touchdowns and passed for another as the Trojans outscored visiting non-league for Harrison 45-0.
Marion toted the ball 12 times for 182 yards with TD bursts of 3, 35, 38, 1 and 59 yards. The senior also connected on 8 of 13 aerials for 156 yards, including a 52-yard TD strike to Kevin Kunkel.
Junior Dylan Allard scored on a 23-yard run.
The Lake City defense forced six turnovers in the contest. Senior linebacker Austin Booms had two interceptions and two sacks and also forced a fumble to go with 10 tackles. Safety Jake Truesdale also had 10 stops. Outside linebacker Allard recorded two fumble recoveries while defensive linemen Aaron Lewis and Ethan Wetzel each had one.
New Haven Acad. 16
Chase Small scored almost three times as many points as New Haven Merritt Academy as Bellaire opened up the eight-man football season with a 78-16 victory over the second-year program.
Small ran the ball 12 times for 139 yards and touchdown runs of 3, 42, 52 and 27 yards. He added four two-point conversions and returned a punt 60 yards for a TD and a kickoff 70 yards for a score. That totals to 44 of Bellaire's 78 points.
Hunter Walsh ran fro 16 yards on four carries, but two of those were for touchdowns.
Hayden Niepoth, Austin Guidi and Jake Campis each returned interceptions fro touchdowns as well. Niepoth's went for 30 yards, Guidi for 25 in his first varsity game and Campis for 18 yards.
Rick Foster led the defense with eight tackles, Walsh had seven and Campis six.
The Eagles (1-0) host Eben-Superior Central — and 46-22 winner over Brimley — next week.
— Compiled by James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski