FRIDAY FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Northville clinches playoff spot with dramatic win over Grand Blanc
Grand Blanc – Justin Zimbo’s 30 yard touchdown pass to Kevin Bak in the final minute proved to be the difference for Northville as the Mustangs topped Grand Blanc 23-20 in a must-win game for both teams.
The win for Northville was the sixth of the year for the Mustangs, clinching a playoff berth, while Grand Blanc dropped to 5-4 on the year.
Zimbo finished with 171 yards and one rushing touchdown, while also throwing for 110 yards to go along with two touchdowns through the air.
Grand Blanc was led by Tre’Von Avery, who threw for over 160 yards and a touchdown to lead the way for the Bobcats.
Grand Blanc took a 14-3 lead into halftime after first quarter touchdowns from Elias Smiley, who scored on a 26 yard run, and De’Aundre Simpkins, who scored on a long fumble return for the Bobcats, but Northville came back on fire in the second half.
Ryan Roberts grabbed a six yard touchdown pass from Zimbo in the third quarter to cut the deficit down to 14-9. Then in the fourth quarter, Zimbo scored on a five yard run to put the Mustangs on top, 17-14.
Grand Blanc would respond as Matt Mastromatteo would haul in a 53 yard pass from Avery for the score to put the Bobcats back on top, 20-17. But Northville would come away with the thrilling win as Bak grabbed the game-winning pass from Zimbo late in the game.
Mastromatteo would finish the game with 111 yards receving, while Terrell Cunningham was Northville’s leading receiver, grabbing three balls for 45 yards.
West Bloomfield 16, Southfield 13: Trishton Jackson finished with over 200 yards of total offense and a touchdown to lead West Bloomfield. Southfield was led by Kanye Harris, who finished with 230 yards of offense for the Blue Jays.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 29, Detroit Allen 16: Jalen Allen rushed for 256 yards and two touchdowns, while Aaron Wiggins chipped in with 90 yards on the ground to lead Cranbrook to a playoff berth, as the Cranes earned their sixth win of the season.
Mona Shores 48, Muskegon 27: Tyree Jackson threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns to go along with another 122 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead Mona Shores to its first win over Muskegon since 1982 and its first conference title since 1968. Matt Schuiteman had eight catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns, while DeOntay Moffett rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown as well for the Sailors. Muskegon was led by quarterback Shawn Pfenning, who threw for 247 yards and a touchdown and tacked on 79 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Walled Lake Central 38, Farmington 32: Nick Krumm rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns, while Parker Krupic went over the century mark and added a touchdown, needing just six carries to do so, to lead the way for Central.
Waterford Mott 49, Birmingham Groves 43: Corbin Moorer stole the show on Friday night, rushing for 245 yards and five touchdowns while Dakota Kupp threw for 250 yards and Randy Bicknell had 150 yards receiving to lead Mott to its fourth ever playoff appearance and first postseason berth since 2007.
Clarkston 31, Farmington Hills Harrison 24: Nolan Eriksen rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries to lead the way for Clarkston on Friday night. Jevon Shaw rushed for 125 yards and a touchown for Harrison.
Livonia Churchill 37, Livonia Stevenson 35: One week ago, Brian Alsobrooks came up just short of tying the game as time expired against Livonia Stevenson on a field goal attempt, but one week later the Churchill senior quarterback would not be denied as he scored on a quarterback sneak on the final play to give the Chargers a 37-35 win over Stevenson. Alsobrooks threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, while Paul Romain rushed for 141 yards to lead Churchill.
Rockford 35, West Ottawa 8: Landen Haney threw for 100 yards and two touchdowns, while Jake Sendzik and Bendan McKellar added touchdowns on the ground to lead the way for Rockford.
Midland Dow 35, Midland 17: Dow picked up its first perfect regular season since 1976 as Alec Marty threw for 207 yards and four touchdowns, while Devontae Stine added in 95 yards receiving and two touchowns while Caleb Richard chipped in with 128 yards and touchdown on the ground for Dow.
Caledonia 38, Grand Rapids Christian 14: Eddie Kelly rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns, while Tanner Christian added in 66 yards on the ground and 70 more through the air to lead Caledonia.