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Elite Eight - The Top Eight Performances from the MHSAA Football semifinals

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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1. Nolan Fugate – Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Fugate was the definition of unstoppable on Saturday afternoon as he helped lead the Cougars to the Division 4 state championship game. Fugate rushed for nearly 280 yards on just 23 carries and scored three touchdowns as Grand Rapids Catholic Central rolled to a 31-3 win over Hudsonville Unity Christian.

2. Walker Christofferson – Muskegon Catholic Central

Christofferson has been known to have big time games since arriving at Muskegon C.C. and the senior delivered once again as he rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries leading the Crusaders back to Ford Field for a fourth straight year.

3. Bo Bell – Jackson Lumen Christi

Bell continued his impressive postseason run as the Lumen Christi senior rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday afternoon to lead the Titans past Millington and back to Ford Field for the first time since 2009.

4. Cody White – Walled Lake Western

Whenever the Warriors needed White to make a big play on Saturday afternoon, the Mr. Football Finalist came through for Western. White finished with 115 yards rushing on 10 carries and two touchdown runs, including one from 61 yards out, and also notched a 40-yard touchdown pass to Kam Ford to lead Western to its first state title game since 1999.

5. Ladarius Jefferson – Muskegon

Jefferson has flown under the radar for much of the season, but Jefferson erupted with a huge performance in the Division 3 semifinal win over Edwardsburg on Saturday. Jefferson totaled over 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a touchdown run from 79 yards away to lead the Big Reds back to Ford Field

6. Cade Peterson – Maple City Glen Lake

Peterson totaled over 210 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, 179 of which came on the ground on Saturday afternoon as he helped lead the Lakers to the MHSAA Finals for the first time in 20 years.

7. Donovan Peoples-Jones – Cass Tech

Peoples-Jones has been about as clutch as it gets in the previous two weeks for the Technicians. The Mr. Football Finalist made eight catches for 86 yards in Saturday’s win over Utica Eisenhower, but Peoples-Jones came up big when it mattered most, making a leaping 20-yard touchdown grab with less than 30 seconds left to play to give Cass Tech a thrilling come from behind win, sending the Technicians back to Ford Field.

8. David Kruse – Lowell

While Lowell did lose on Saturday afternoon, Kruse’s performance can’t go overlooked. The senior signal caller carried the ball 34 times for 155 yards and scored four touchdowns, while also throwing for 142 yards to help lead the comeback attempt for the Red Arrows.