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Week 1 superlatives: Who excelled around Michigan on the opening weekend of the 2020 season?

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, September 20, 2020, 5:20 pm

Here’s a look at some of the top performances around Michigan in the opening weekend of the 2020 season. There were plenty of stellar outputs, led by Bishop Foley’s Jackson Zeiter and his 500-yard, 6-TD game, and a few historic feats, as well.

[NOTE: This list will be updated. If you have a player with a top performance to add to the list, send it to [email protected]]

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Passing

Brady Hessbrook, QB, Ithaca — Threw for 206 yards and four scores and ran for 80 more and two more touchdowns in the Yellowjackets’ 47-27 win over Saginaw Nouvel. 

Carson Farley, QB, Grass Lake — Threw for 313 yards and four scores in a 41-24 win over Livonia Clarenceville.

Drew Collins, QB, Montague — Threw for 175 yards and four scores in a 55-0 win over Hart.

Brendan Sullivan, QB, Davison — Threw for 159 yards and a score in a 48-0 win over Flint Powers. CLICK HERE to vote for Sullivan for Mr. Football. 

Alex Thole, QB, Schoolcraft — Threw for 227 yards and four scores in a 49-12 win over Constantine.

Jake Zimmer, QB, Holland West Ottawa — Threw for 338 yards and four scores in a 42-28 loss to Caledonia.

Dante Moore, QB, Detroit King — Threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-26 loss to Cass Tech. CLICK HERE to vote for  Moore for Mr. Football.

Leeshaun Mumpfield, QB, Detroit Cass Tech — Threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-26 win over Detroit King. 

Gabe Meyers, QB, Martin (8-player) — Threw for 129 yards and four TDs (35, 11, 39, 35) and rushed for 150 yards on 14 carries, scoring twice. He also led the defense with nine tackles.

Trey Richey, QB, Ypsilanti Lincoln — Threw for 167 yards and four TDs in a 42-19 win over Adrian.

Dylan Gough, QB, Madison Heights Bishop Foley — Threw for 354 yards and three TDs in his first varsity start, a 48-29 win over Macomb Lutheran North.

Joey Silveri, QB, Grand Rapids Catholic Central — Threw for 302 yards and five scores in a 44-7 win over Wayland.

Noah Beaudrie, QB, Erie Mason — Threw for 231 yards and five touchdowns in a 54-21 win over Petersburg Summerfield, rushing for 110 more yards,  and another score.

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Receiving

Blake Bosma, WR, Holland West Ottawa — Caught 19 passes (tied for 2nd-most in a single game all time in MHSAA history, three off the record) for 207 yards and four TDs in a 42-28 loss to Caledonia. He added a 2-point conversion catch, and 120 return yards.

Kalen King, WR, Cass Tech — Caught three TD passes (75, 41, 54 yards) in a 34-26 win over Detroit King. 

Lynn Wyche-El, Detroit King — Caught four touchdown passes (18, 87, 50, 25 yards) in a 34-26 loss to Cass Tech.

Luke Gorkiewicz, WR, Linden — Caught four passes for 83 yards and three scores in a 35-21 win over Flushing.

JR Hildebrand, WR/QB, Martin (8-player) — Caught TD passes of 11 and 35 yards, and ran for a 51-yard score in the fourth quarter when he took over at quarterback in his varsity debut.

Tyson Davis, WR/DB, Goodrich — Caught five passes for 107 yards and three scores, and added an interception on defense, and a punt return touchdown on special teams. CLICK HERE to vote for Davis for Mr. Football.

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Rushing

Jackson Zeiter, Madison Heights Bishop Foley — Ran for 357 yards and caught passes for 175 more yards, scoring 6 TDs in the Ventures’ 48-29 win over Macomb Lutheran North — a total of 567 yards from scrimmage. 

Quentin Soerens, QB, Hamilton — Ran for 146 yards and four scores in a 46-12 win over Fruitport.

Evan Wakefield, QB, Michigan Lutheran Seminary — Ran for 212 yards and three TDs in a 41-21 win over Saginaw Valley Lutheran.

Aden Gurden, QB, Cadillac — Ran for 165 yards and three TDs in a 27-0 win over Alpena.

Landen Powers, RB, Manistee — ran for 137 yards and four TDs in a 53-0 win over Memphis.

Tanner Wirth, RB, Pewamo-Westphalia — Ran for 114 yards and three TDs and kicked six PATs in a 56-0 win over Laingsburg, extending P-W’s win streak to 15 games. 

Caiden Sloan, RB, Macomb Dakota — Ran for 101 yards and three scores in a 29-20 win over Chippewa Valley. DJ Stepney ran for another 85 yards, adding  two interceptions — one returned for a touchdown — and seven tackles. CLICK HERE to vote for Stepney for Mr. Football.

Kolby and Connor Hindenach, RBs, Paw Paw — The returning all-state twins combined for 168 yards and two TDs in a 35-7 win over Dowagiac.

Johnny Rex, RB, Birmingham Groves — Needed just 12 carries to amass 205 yards, scoring touchdowns on runs of 77 and 53 yards in a 42-31 win over Farmington.

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Kicking

Reese Uzelac kicked five PATs for St. Joseph in Friday’s 46-13 win over Kalamazoo Central, in the process becoming the first female varsity football player in program history. If that name rings a bell around the football world, she’s the granddaughter of former St. Joseph (and Western Michigan) coach Elliott Uzelac, who is now at Berrien Springs High School.

Caton Walter made her first career PATs in Clare’s 45-0 win over Shepherd.

Rocco Millia took a botched PAT snap in for a two-point conversion to win it for Birmingham Brother Rice in the second overtime period against Warren De La Salle. 

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Defense

Ithaca linebacker Derek Draher had 22 tackles in Friday’s 47-27 win over Saginaw Nouvel. 

Justyz Tuggle, DB, Detroit Central — Racked up 168 all-purpose yards, including the game-winning 35-yard pass to Kenyatta McKeever, adding an interception and three pass break-ups in Central’s 8-7 win.

The Clare defense scored five times in a 45-0 win over Shepherd on Friday. 

• Kevin Tanner returned an interception 30 yards for a score. 

• Al Warner had the Pioneers’ second pick-6 of the evening, returning it 80 yards for a TD. 

• Kaleb Brewer picked up a fumble and ran it back 70 yards for a touchdown. 

• Jon Bouchey returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown.

• Aidan Paisley recovered a fumble in the end zone.