Birmingham- This is one of those games that I would like to see get replayed in dry weather, will the outcome be different? Who knows? But with the wet turf, and it being impossible to keep any ball dry, Muskegon Catholic Central was able to take a 35-6 win. The score is misleading as Country Day had Muskegon on their heals till the fourth quarter came around and the Yellowjackets were unable to take care of the ball.
Muskegon scored first on a 55 yard punt return by Major Metcalf. Country Day followed that up with a 27 yard touchdown run from Bennie Fowler. Fowler showed off his speed by racing in nearly untouched. Country Day was unable to get the extra point kick off giving Muskegon a 7-6 lead going into the half.
Rodney Anderson chalked up two 50+ yard touchdowns in the second half to break the game open. His first gave Muskegon a 14-6 late in the third quarter, when he ran up the gut.
Country Day fell apart on the first play of the fourth quarter when Fowler took a pitch but lost the handle allowing Steve Mitchell to recover the fumble and run in 7 yards for another Muskegon touchdown and a 22-6 lead.
Just minutes later Country Day fumbled the ball again and Anderson raced in for his second 50 yard touchdown. Metcalf capped the scoring with a 15 yard touchdown run late in the game.
Muskegon CC- the Crusaders are tough, big and very physical but they also have some speedsters at the skill positions in Metcalf and Anderson. They should go untouched in division 8 and are now my pick to win the Div. 8 State Championship.
Country Day- turnovers were the killer but CD also played into Muskegon's hand by trying to play smash mouth football. I know it was tough to run but CD had success running the ball out of the spread and they should of stuck with that. I look for CD to bounce back next week against Powers.
Game MVP- Rodney Anderson, MCC- any 50 yard TD will kill you but both of his came at the worst time for CD. Anderson finished with 120 yards on just 9 rush attempts.