GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) — Football season is coming to a close as five local schools travel to Detroit’s Ford Field this weekend to play in the state finals.
Here is a summary of the five matches:
1st Division: Caledonia (12-1) – Bellville (13-0), 13:00, Saturday.
The Fighting Scots will compete for the state title for the first time since winning Division 3 in 2005.
Caledonia’s defense was the backbone of their impressive post-season run, which included a 21-0 victory over Clarkston. last week in the semi-finals.
The Fighting Scots have recorded five shutouts this season and have held their last three opponents to 14 points or less.
The Caledonias are led by senior quarterback Mason McKenzie with 39 total touchdowns and junior running back Brock Townsend with over 1,100 yards and 17 touchdowns.
No. 1 ranked Bellville is the reigning Division 1 state champion and has won 24 consecutive games.
Last week, the Tigers beat Cass Tech 29-28 in overtime to advance to the final. It was their only single-digit win this season.
Division 2: Forest Hills Central (13-0) vs. Warren De La Salle (12-1) 13:00 Friday
Forest Hills Central again in the state finals for the first time in 28 years.
The undefeated Rangers finished second in the Class A in 1994 but didn’t come back until that year’s remarkable streak.
FHC upset the best Dexter last week 20-17 in double overtime to reach the final.
Senior players Crandall Quinn and Raymond Cargill spearheaded a defense that was dropping just 15 points per game in the postseason.
Warren De La Salle, under former Western Catholic coach Dan Rohn, is the reigning Division 2 champion after beating Traverse City Central 41-14 in last year’s final.
The Pilots have won four state titles and placed second in the state three times.
Cincinnati senior quarterback Brady Drogosh had almost 3,000 yards and 46 touchdowns in the air and on the ground.
Division 3: Muskegon (11-2) vs. Detroit Martin Luther King (9-3) 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Muskegon is back in familiar territory after failing to make it to the state finals for the past two years.
The Big Reds made four consecutive trips to Ford Field from 2016 to 2019, winning the state crown in 2017.
The program has won six state championships and been runner-up six times.
Senior quarterback M’Khi Guy was the catalyst for the offense. He rushed for 1,638 yards and threw for 24 touchdowns and also threw for 11 touchdowns.
Muskegon’s only losses came to Warren De La Salle and an OK conference opponent Green Zeeland West.
Martin Luther King, the reigning Division 3 state champion, is bringing back talented players.
The Crusaders were led by Dante Moore, a senior Oregon quarterback with over 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Division 4: Southern Christian (13-0) vs. Goodrich (12-1), 19:30 Friday.
The Sailors finally reached the top after defeating their nemesis, Edwardsburg, in the semi-finals last week.
The Eddies have knocked Southern Christian out of the playoffs in the past two years, but avenged those losses with a 26-20 win.
The Mariners will play for the state title for the first time since 2014, when they won the championship by defeating Lansing Sexton 28-27.
Southern Christian, OK gold champion, snapped Catholic Center’s 41-game regular season winning streak and beat top-ranked Whitehall in the regional final en route to the final.
Senior quarterback Jacob DeHaan led the Sailors’ offense with over 3,600 yards and 50 touchdowns.
Wide receivers Seth Ritzema and Carson Vis combined for 25 touchdowns, while Kayden Dykema and Cam Post are the team’s top defensive players.
Goodrich plays in his first state championship game and won 12 straight games after losing his season opener to Division 5 finalist Frankenmuth.
Division 6: Western Catholic (12-1) vs. Negauni (13-0), 5:30 Friday
Western Catholics are returning to where they enjoyed unprecedented success in the mid-2010s.
The Falcons have won five consecutive state titles from 2014 to 2017 and have returned with hopes of adding another.
Western Catholic, who lost his only game to Fruitport in Week 7, has won each of his postseason games by 19 or more points.
The Falcons are led by Air Force employee Tim Kloska, who has rushed for 2,158 yards and scored 35 touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Bernie Warnesdel threw for over 1,400 yards and threw for 20 touchdowns.
On defense, juniors Ryer Snow and Charlie DeBrain were the catalysts.
Negaunee slipped past Reed City in the semi-finals and are looking for their first state championship since 2002.
The Pitmen scored a record 492 points for the school and conceded only 87 points. Their defense recorded five shutouts and held eight opponents to eight points or less.