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).