High School Football: M.L.S., Frankenmuth, Ubly, Deckerville advance to state semi's
High School football season has reached it's final four and teams in Mid-Michigan had a strong showing on Saturday starting with Frankenmuth who traveled to Ithaca where they took on a Yellowjacket team who had won 5 of the last 6 state titles, albeit in Division 6. The game was tied at 14 when they went into halftime and the Eagles came out swinging in the third quarter as Zach Jacobs sprinted 95 yards for the touchdown and a seven point lead. Frankenmuth would go on to win the game 28-20.
Head coach Phil Martin was proud of his guys after the game. "Whenever you beat a great football team that shows that your kids can rise to a challenge," he said. "Thats what we talk about all the time with our boys is we gotta step up to every challenge thats in front of us thats what we did today."
Frankenmuth will play Menominee in next week's semi-final match-up.
Ubly traveled to Chesaning to battle New Lothrop. The Hornets have been dominant over the last five years but the Bearcats were not intimidated. New Lothrop took a 7-0 lead when Mason Ruddy hit Nate Clolinger for a 33-yard touchdown in the 1st quarter. Ubly battld back late in the second half as Brandel Fresh ripped off a 26-yard scoring run and the Bearcats advance to the state semi-finals where they will take on top ranked Pewamo-Westphalia.
Michigan Lutheran Seminary is no stranger to the Regional Finals and their experience shown through on Saturday afternoon as they handled Royal Oak Shrine Academy. The two teams were tied at seven in the 2nd quarter when Cade Kestner rolled to his right and hit Jordan Hayes for the go ahead touchdown right before the half. In the 3rd quarter the Cardinals got on the board again, Caleb Hyne ran through a big hole up the middle and cruised into the end zone to put his team on top 21-7. The Cardinals would tack on another touchdown and win the game 28-7, they will face Ottawa Lake Whiteford in the state semi-finals.
In other games from around the region Deckerville had no problem with Wyoming Tri-unity Christian, they won the game 36-6 and will now play Powers North Central in the state championship game on Friday November 18th.
Fenton went down to Walled Lake Western where the Warriors dropped the hammer on the Tigers 61-21. Corunna was also on the road, the Cavaliers traveled to Detroit Country Day where they lost the game 28-13.