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September 22, 2013

West stays unbeaten in Big North

TRAVERSE CITY — Jeff Turnquist is finding his rhythm.

Good news for Traverse City West.

Bad news for opposing defenses.

The Titans junior quarterback completed 10 of 12 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in a 31-14 Big North Conference football win over Petoskey at Thirlby Field.

Turnquist completed all eight of his passes in the first half as West built a 24-7 lead.

“We had good schemes coming in and my offensive line did a good job protecting me,” Turnquist said. “We stuck to our schemes and took advantage of their defensive backs (in matchups).”

Turnquist fired scoring strikes of 15 yards to Geordon Carter and 21 yards to Zach McGuire.

“He’s growing each week,” West coach Tim Wooer said. “It was a big step last week, to have the type of game he had in front of 12,000 people (against Traverse City Central). He took another step today.

“We planned to give him more freedom today and he took advantage of that. Our offensive line did a nice job protecting him and giving him time to make the reads he needed to make.”

The Titans (3-1 overall, 3-0 in BNC) rushed for 126 yards, a total slightly misleading since they lost 38 yards on two snaps that sailed over Turnquist’s head.

Petoskey, meanwhile, rushed for 221 yards — 125 in the fourth quarter — and passed for 15. The Northmen (2-2 overall, 0-2 in the BNC) broke two long runs, a 48-yard touchdown scamper by Chase Ledingham and a 61-yard quarterback keeper by Evan Whitmore. Whitemore’s sprint down the right sideline set-up a two-yard scoring plunge by Luke Schrage.

“We can’t give up big plays,” Titans defensive coordinator Jason Morrow said. “That can’t happen if you’re going to be successful on defense.

“Other than that, I thought we did pretty good. In the first half, four of their five drives were 3-and-out. We’ll take that. But I think we can be more physical and we can tackle better.”

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