The opening round of the playoffs in the SVL was filled with ups and downs. The Conference went 2-2 in out of conference play, highlighted by Davison’s dominating performance, Powers’ thrilling last second comeback and Dow’s big win over Bay City Central in the SVL Blue re-match.
R1/D1 – (10-0) Davison 48 – (5-5) Grand Blanc 12 – Davison quickly put everyone on notice that their regular season success was going to continue into the 2nd season. Tariq Reid rushed for 166 yards and had 5 Touchdowns to go along with QB Brenden McRill’s 241 total yards and a passing score. Ryan Schlack led the receivers in yardage with 53. Davison took a 27-12 lead into the half and then put the clamps on in the 2nd half, outscoring the Bobcats 21-0. Collin McMillan led the Cardinal defense with 9 tackles. Now, the level in intensity and difficulty goes up quite a bit as Davison will take on 8-2 Clarkston next week. The Wolves are only one year removed from their back to back State Titles.
R1/D1 – (8-2) Clarkston 45 – (7-3) Lapeer 21 – In what was a major rebuilding year for the Lightning, Lapeer still managed to rack up 7 wins and come within a game of the conference title. They just couldn’t find a way to get past Clarkston, the team that they began and ended their season with. Clarkston will now have to take on the team that won the SVL Red title, in Davison, next Friday night.
R2/D1 – (9-1) Midland Dow 55 – (6-4) Bay City Central 14 – Bay City Central made this a ballgame early, even taking a 14-13 lead in the first half but after that, it was ALL Chargers, who railed off 42 unanswered points. Bruce Mann had a monster game with 309 total yards and 5 scores. Brendon Kuch led the Dow receivers with 73 yards and a score. On defense, Spencer Stephenson had 10 tackles and ballhawk in the secondary, Michael Bricault had 3 interceptions. Even in the loss, Dequez Weathers didn’t go out quietly for the Wolves, the sensational Running Back ran for 204 yards and a score. Dow will now move on and host Fenton who easily dispatched of Carman-Ainsworth, a team Dow lost to by a score 2 weeks ago. For those that know football however, we know that we can only put so much stock in comparing teams against common opponents. Dow vs. Fenton at Midland Community Stadium should be a good one! This will be the third meeting in the post-season since 2010 between the two clubs and 2nd in a row. Dow has won the last 2 meetings.
R2/D1 – (8-2) Fenton 49 – (6-4) Carman-Ainsworth – Carman-Ainsworth took an early lead in Fenton but once the Tigers regained control they never looked back on their way to a 30 point win. Fenton QB Josh Czarnota accounted for 237 total yards and 2 scores. Senior Running Back Dylan Crankshaw added 99 more and 2 scores on the ground for the Tigers. Chanse Setzke caught the lone touchdown through the air for Fenton. On defense Phillip Mckee led all Tiger tacklers with 9, who now head on the road to Midland Dow for the District Championship.
R3/D1 – (6-4) Powers Catholic 20 – (8-2) Lake Fenton 19 – In what was probably the most dramatic game in the entire region last night, Powers won in the final seconds of the game on Kaden Nelson’s 3 yard TD run, his only carry of the game. The thrilling game saw lead changes throughout the game. Lake Fenton led at the half but Powers went out in front in the third quarter. The Blue Devils took the lead after a 4th quarter score before Nelson’s eventual game winner in the waning moments. Powers’ QB Zach Talovich passed for 185 yards and 2 scores, both to Donald Scott, who finished with 7 catches and 104 yards. Lake Fenton QB Jackson Nevadomski finished with 115 yards passing and a score. Trent Hillger was the workhorse in the run game with 23 carries, resulting in 93 yards and 2 scores. The Chargers will now head on the road to take on 8-2 Corunna.