KALKASKA — Kaleb Hauser rushed for 240 yards and five touchdowns Friday as Kalkaska clinched a playoff berth with a 40-8 non-conference win over Frankfort.
Hauser scored on runs of 16, 43, 10, 3 and 11 yards. He entered the game needing just 16 yards to reach 1,000. He passed that on Kalkaska’s first possession. He now has 1,224 yards.
Gavin Uitvlugt added 91 yards and a score for the 6-2 Blazers, who led 27-8 at half. Uitvlugt scored on a 32-yard run.
Nick Mitchell had five tackles and Will Noble four to go with an interception. Kalkaska is at Elk Rapids next Friday while Frankfort takes on Onekama.
East Jordan 26
Jake Swander’s 10-yard pass to Tyler McClanahan with a few minutes remaining was the difference in Grayling’s 33-26 win over East Jordan.
East Jordan had tied the game earlier, but Swander’s third touchdown toss of the night put the Vikings ahead for good. Swander went 14 of 22 passing for 118 yards. McClanahan hauled in five of those passes for 44 yards and two scores. Michael Branch led Grayling’s rushing attack with 96 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Kevin Harris chipped in with 84 yards on 13 carries.
Peyton Zigila led the defense with 13 tackles and an interception. Harris tacked on 12 tackles and an interception for the Vikings (7-1), who face Boyne City to wrap up the regular season.
Harbor Springs 20
David Walker accounted for all three Harbor Springs touchdowns in a 20-14 win over Charlevoix.
Walker led a grinding Rams rushing attack that totaled 252 yards on 43 carries and allowed Harbor (3-5) to hold the ball for 33 minutes. Charlevoix only had two possessions in the second half.
The Rayders led 14-12 at halftime, Nate Moon scored on a 16-yard touchdown run and threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Austin Putman. J.J. Bottomley added both extra points.
Moon led the team with 64 rushing yards, Shane Sutherland added 49 and Sam Hovie 41. Putman had 45 receiving yards.
Sutherland also led the defense with 11 tackles.
Charlevoix (1-7) finishes the season next week at East Jordan.
Benzie Central 7
Cheboygan knocked off Benzie Central to improve to 6-2 on the season and earn a post-season berth.
Drew Byrd scored the Huskies’ touchdown on a 30-yard fumble return.
Andrew Fisk — in his first start at quarterback replacing an injured Chase Buist — ran for 54 yards to lead Benzie, while Evan Mocan added 40 yards.
Sophomores Mike Hoffert and Drew Fraly led the defense for teh Huskies (1-7), who host Manistee next week to close out the season.
Inland Lakes 38
Inland Lakes locked up a playoff spot for the first time since 2009 with a 38-8 non-conference win over Mesick.
Inland Lakes (6-2) led 30-0 at halftime.
Mesick (0-8) was led by Brad Harris, who rushed for 71 yards and had a 2-yard touchdown run. Pete Roush added 39 yards on th ground and Garrett Humphreys completed three or six passes for 69 yards.
Harris had 10 tackles and Zach Riffle — who ran in the conversion in Harris’ TD — added eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
Mesick wraps up the season at Brethren next week.
Suttons Bay 21
Suttons Bay scored once right before halftime, then added two more touchdowns in the second in a 21-0 win over Onekama.
Devin Capron scored two touchdowns and Ken Pease added another for the Norsemen (4-4). Capron’s first touchdown, from 55 yards out, broke a scoreless tie with 13 seconds to go in the first half. He later capped off the scoring late in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run. Pease had a 40-yard run to paydirt late in the third quarter. Lars Thornton was perfect on extra points.
Zack Rice led Suttons Bay’s ground game with 130 yards on 18 carries. Pease added 70 yards on nine carries and Capron had 68 yards rushing on six carries. He also completed 3 of 6 passes for 47 yards, with all three of his completions going to Thornton.
Defensively for the Norsemen, Zach Smith had nine tackles and a fumble recovery, while Cluadio Ruiz, Shocko Shawandase and Zac Braden each had eight stops and a sack. Casey Cross picked off a pass.
Forest Area 6
Mancelona captured the Ski Valley South and earned a playoff berth with a 54-6 win at Forest Area.
Logan Borst ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns for the Ironmen, who have won six in a row after an 0-2 start. Mancelona finished 5-0 in the South.
Chase Wilcox added 95 yards on the ground.
Dion Burke had a 36-yard touchdown run for the Warriors. He also had 12 tackles.
Mancelona hosts Inland Lakes on Friday.
Gaylord St. Mary 14
Johannesburg-Lewiston had three backs go over 100 yards in a 50-14 Ski Valley win over Gaylord St. Mary.
With the win, the 6-2 Cardinals clinched a playoff berth.
Dillon Cushman led the attack with 188 yards. Nick May added 127 and Ethan May 106. Nick May scored twice — on runs of 24 and 15 yards — while Ethan May, Cushman, Brandon Huff, and Logan Huff also had touchdown runs. Defensive lineman Brad Kussrow scooped up a fumble and went in from 20 yards. The Cardinal defense intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles. Brandon Huff led the charge with 13 tackles.
For St. Mary, Nick Harrington scored on a one-yard ruin and Jack Lochinski on an 96-yard fumble return.
Johannesburg finished 4-1 in the Ski Valley South and has won five in a row.
Chase Ledingham scored twice on runs of 1 and 45 yards as Petoskey knocked off Alpena 20-0.
The Northmen scored their other touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Evan Whitmore to Shea Whitmore.
Petoskey held a slim 6-0 lead at the half, but was able to put the game away in the final two quarters.
Cedarville scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:03 remaining in the game and held on for a 21-16 victory over Bellaire.
The Eagles (5-3) moved the ball into Cedarville territory on its last drive of the night but couldn’t turn that into points.
Chase Small led Bellaire with 141 yards rushing on 31 carries. Hunter Walsh added 115 yards on 19 carries and scored on a 6-yard run. He added the two-point conversion on that touchdown. Bailey Proctor went 3 of 9 passing for 40 yards and rushed for 53, including a 23-yard run for a touchdown. Proctor then ran in the conversion.
Jacob Campis led Bellaire’s defense with 14 tackles. Richard Winslow had eight stops and Walsh chipped in with five. Rick Foster and Aiden Niepoth were credited with good play on defense as well.
— Compiled by Dennis Chase, James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski