Escanaba at TC Central
RECORDS: TC Central (0-1), Escanaba (0-1)
WHEN: 7 p.m. today
The Trojans dropped a 31-23 road decision against Marquette. Their second straight Upper Peninsula foe comes in off a 15-7 loss to Alpena as Wildcats new coach Mel Skillman missed the game with a family emergency. The Eskymos turned the ball over three times (four, counting another time on downs) and their only score came on an 81-yard pass from quarterback Travis Heller to receiver Cam Beversluis.
Meanwhile, TC Central fell behind Marquette 21-0 by halftime. A second-half rally fell short, however, even though the Trojans outscore the Redmen 23-10 over the final 24 minutes. Tailback Ethan Campbell ran 13 times for 123 yards. Marquette QB Brett Place completed 11 of 18 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.
TC West at Ogemaw Heights
RECORDS: TC West (0-1); Ogemaw (1-0)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
TC West struggled to move the ball, but its defense played well in a 16-0 loss to Midland. The Falcons survived a 38-34 scare against Hastings, which travels to Petoskey this week.
What they’re saying
“Ogemaw is going to bring a different style (than Midland). I think they’ll be better than Midland was offensively. I watched them in a scrimmage, and they’ve got some incredible athletes. They’ll pose different challenges to our defense with their athleticism. Hopefully we can get some things ironed out offensively so we don’t put so much pressure on our defense.” — West coach Tim Wooer.
Gaylord at TC St. Francis
RECORDS: TC St. Francis (0-1); Gaylord (0-1)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
St. Francis was tied 7-7 with New Lothrup with 13 minutes left, but the game finished up with a 28-7 loss as the Hornets found the endzone three times late to pull away. Amari Coleman touched the ball nine times for 99 total yards and two touchdowns, but otherwise, the Gladiators mostly stymied the New Lothrup offense. TCSF’s offense, however, couldn’t get going. The Glads pounded the ball 46 times for an average of 5 yards a carry, but couldn’t keep drives drives going.