MAPLE CITY — The Lakeview Wildcats had its season come to an end on Friday night with a loss in the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs.
Lakeview traveled more than 150 miles to take on Maple City Glen Lake (northwest of Traverse City) in a Division 6 pre-district game, but lost 21-13 to the Lakers.
The Wildcats got on the board first with a one-yard run by John Zuluaga-Torres with 7:39 left in the first quarter. Maple City countered with a 34-yard run by Trevor Apsey, but missed the extra point to give the Wildcats a 7-6 lead after the first quarter.
Glen Lake took the lead with 3:38 left in the half on a 14-yard run by Carter Lee. A two-point conversion gave the Lakers a 14-7 advantage.
Lakeview scored next with just 22 seconds left in the second quarter. Nate Shurlow found the end zone from four yards out. A missed extra point gave Maple City a 14-13 halftime lead.
Neither team found the end zone in the third quarter.
Maple City sealed the game with a one-yard run by Apsey with just 1:59 remaining in the game.
Garrett Cavendish led the Wildcats in rushing with 107 yards on 17 carries. Shurlow added 77 yards and Zuluaga-Torres 68 yards.
Apsey led the Lakers with 123 yards rushing.
Maple City improved to 9-1 overall, while the Wildcats finished their season 7-3. It was Lakeview’s first playoff appearance since 2006.
Maple City will face Ithaca in the district finals next weekend. Ithaca defeated Sanford Meridian 36-0.