FROM STAFF REPORTS
GRAND HAVEN — The Lakeshore Cougars proved why they're the top-ranked team in the Great Midwest Football League.
The Cougars built a 27-10 halftime lead Saturday and extended it for a 54-26 victory over the Traverse City Wolves.
The Wolves (4-3) didn't help their cause with six turnovers on the night. Two were interceptions and four were fumbles.
A key turnover for Traverse City was a fumble in the first half when running back Davonn Cooper was stripped and Lakeshore took it to the endzone for a score.
The game was close early. In the second quarter, the Wolves trailed 13-7 but had a shot to tie with first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, but failed to punch the ball in. They had to settle for a Pablo Bocardo field goal to make it 13-10.
From there, Lakeshore quarterback Aaron James took over.
The former Wolves signal-caller threw for six touchdown passes -- three in each half.
James finished the game with a 40-yard touchdown pass to his cousin, Eric James, in the final minute to make the score 54-26.
The Cougars (7-0) clinched the Great Lakes Division title with the win.
Traverse City now turns its attention to a playoff berth. The Wolves will host the Metro Detroit Wolverines this weekend at Thirlby Field. The Wolverines are ranked No. 2.