CC-Crystal 42, Ashley 20: The Eagles won their sixth game of the year on Friday with a win over the Bears. The win clinches a postseason spot for the first time since 1999. The Eagles led 22-14 and halftime and outscored the Bears 20-6 in the second half. Arron Haines rushed for 156 yards, Robert Failing 127 yards and Logan Forist 48 yards. The Eagles out gained the Bears 395-261 in total offense. Quote: “Ashley came out and really played hard and made things difficult for us. I was very impressed with how hard Ashley’s kids played. To our kids’ credit, we didn’t play the best we could have, but our kids battled and kept pushing forward. We turned the ball over a couple times inside the red zone. I am very proud of our kids and coaches. This is such a big win for our program and community. For the second time in school history we have made the playoffs and we are 21 points away from setting the school record for most points scored in a season.” — Eagles coach Jason Gray. Record: 6-2 (4-1). Next game: at home against Potterville on Friday.
Lakeview 37, White Cloud 0: The Wildcats got to within one win of a playoff appearance with a shutout over the Indians on Friday. Lakeview did all its scoring in the first half. Jared Taylor had a 36-yard run for one score. Shawn Lindsey found Brad Hamlin for 35- and 50-yard touchdown passes, Gus Ward returned a blocked punt 44 yards for a score and Nate Hayward had a one-yard run for a touchdown. Taylor finished with 68 yards rushing. Hamlin had 85 yards receiving and Lindsey passed for 85 yards.Calvin Englund had nine tackles, while Terry Grieser had seven tackles. Quote: “This was a nice win. It was a nice team victory. We held White Cloud from scoring late in the game from inside the five-yard line.” — Lakeview coach Guenther Mittelstaedt. Record: 5-3 (5-3). Next game: at home against Big Rapids Friday.
FH Northern 17, Greenville 3: The Yellow Jackets lost their third straight game with a loss to the Huskies on Friday night at Legacy Field. The two teams combined for five first half turnovers as neither team scored for the first 22 minutes. Northern got on the board with a 28-yard field goal by Devon Benson. Following, a Greenville fumble was returned for 15 yards by Justin Farrah for a 9-0 halftime lead. Greenville dominated the time of possession in the second half, but could only manage a 22-yard field goal by Caleb Wolfe. Karum Abdelqader scored on a 38-yard double reverse pass to put the game out of reach. Curtis Heppe went 5-for-15 for 66 yards and one interception for Greenville. Brennan Ramirez rushed for 45 yards and Carter Stephens caught two passes for 32 yards. Wyatt Batdorff rushed for 79 yards to lead the Huskies. Record: 3-5 (1-3). Next game: at Forest Hills Eastern Friday.
Reed City 42, Central Montcalm 25: The Coyotes remained undefeated with a win over the Hornets on Friday night. Keagan James scored twice on 16 and 18-yard runs. Lucas Emmons had an eight-yard run and Ben Bishop a four-yard catch for touchdowns. Three of the four touchdowns came in the fourth quarter as Reed City opened up a large lead. James finished with 130 yards on 17 carries and went 7-for-11 for 56 yards through the air. Will Plavin had 58 yards rushing on just three carries. Mike Garnett had 10 tackles and Jesse Judge seven tackles. Record: 2-6 (2-6). Next game: at Hesperia Friday.
Sparta 42, Belding 41: The Spartans scored 35 second half points to overcome a 28-7 halftime deficit on Friday to defeat the Redskins. Brenden Zuver scored four touchdowns for the Redskins, two on the ground, one on a catch and one on a 75-yard kickoff return. Neil McCully scored the other two touchdowns for Belding, on a one-yard run and 61-yard pass from Kole Hart. Sparta’s Darrin DeBoer accounted for all five touchdowns in the second half. Statistics were not listed with results. Record: 2-6 (1-4). Next game: on the road at Wyoming on Friday.