Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Eight state champions crowned over holiday weekend in Detroit

Eight state champions crowned over holiday weekend in Detroit

By Ed Patino, Staff Writer

PUBLISHED: November 29, 2007

The dream of an eighth state championship ended for one team, while a run of perfection continued for another.

Ethan Shaver ran in three touchdowns to lift the Menominee Maroons to a 21-7 victory over the Jackson Lumen Christi Titans in the Division 5 state championship game Saturday at Ford Field.

Menominee (14-0) captured its second straight state title and undefeated season. The Maroons have won 28 straight games dating to 2005. Meanwhile, Lumen Christi (12-2) was stopped one game short of claiming the eighth state title in school history.

The Maroons' Single-Wing offense rolled up 390 yards in the game. Shaver opened the scoring just under two minutes in, capping Menominee's opening drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.

The score held up until midway through the fourth quarter when Shaver scored on a one-yard plunge, making it 14-0. Lumen Christi fought back on the ensuing possession as Mark Lathers caught a pass from Conor Sullivan and outraced the Maroons' defense for a 67-yard touchdown, pulling the Titans to within seven with 5:41 remaining.

Menominee answered as its Single-Wing killed over four minutes off the clock, and Shaver capped the drive with a six-yard touchdown run sealing the state championship.

Shaver ran 30 times for 208 yards to lead the Maroons. He also was 6-of-13 passing for 89 yards. Justin Salzman caught three passes for 55 yards.

Sullivan was 7-of-13 passing for 116 yards and a touchdown for Lumen Christi. Lathers had three catches for 62 yards, while Nick Russler had 91 yards on 13 carries.

Division 6

The Saginaw Nouvel Panthers withstood a late rally and claimed the Division 6 state championship Friday with a 12-7 victory over the Blissfield Royals at Ford Field.

Saginaw Nouvel (10-3) scored the only points of the first half late in the opening quarter as David Kazmierski ran in a one-yard touchdown. The Panthers finally gave themselves some breathing room as Ryan Henris connected with Ryan Palmer for a 70-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter. Blissfield (13-1) didn't go quietly, as Johnny Estes hit Luke Schrader for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:52 remaining, but Saginaw Nouvel recovered the Royals' onside kick and ran out the clock for the title.

Kazmierski was 5-of-13 passing for 84 yards for the Panthers. Palmer caught two passes for 89 yards, while Henris' touchdown pass was his only attempt of the game.

Estes finished 8-of-18 passing for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead Blissfield.

Division 1

Macomb Dakota 41, Livonia Stevenson 21: A battle of undefeated teams went to Macomb Dakota, which scored 20 points in the third quarter to pull away for the Division 1 state championship.

Mitch Lovett was 16-of-23 passing for 301 yards and five touchdowns. Kyle Demaster had four catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns, and he returned an interception 52-yard for a score. Rodney Hush caught six passes for 94 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars.

Austin White ran 14 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns for Stevenson (13-1). Wade Stahl had five carries for 85 yards.

Division 2

Detroit Martin Luther King 47, Midland 21: Trailing by 14 points early in the third quarter, Detroit King scored 40 straight points to down Midland and clinch the Division 2 state title.

Darrin Williams had 162 yards on 25 carries with a touchdown for King (14-0). Donovon Dickerson was 11-of-21 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns, while Cory Chatman caught five passes for 94 yards and a score.

Andrew Maxwell was 8-of-23 passing for 93 yards for Midland (11-3). Colter Roberson ran 20 times for 77 yards and a score and had two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown for the Chemics.

Division 3

East Grand Rapids 46, Orchard Lake St. Mary's 39 (5ot): The longest game in state finals history ended when Joe Glendening ran in a three-yard touchdown, while East Grand Rapids made a defensive stand to win the Division 3 state championship.

Glendening ran 42 times for 175 yards and four touchdowns and had four catches for 30 yards for East Grand Rapids (13-1). Calvin Blair was 9-of-18 passing for 94 yards and two touchdowns, while Chris Blair had three catches for 52 yards and a score for the Pioneers.

Robert Bolden was 8-of-15 passing for 104 yards for Orchard Lake St. Mary's (10-3). Dion Sims caught five passes for 64 yards, while Dominique White had 158 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns.

Other State Final Results

Division 4: Marine City 21, Detroit Country Day 7.

Division 7: Mendon 20, Traverse City St. Francis 0.

Division 8: Crystal Fall Forest Park 22, Fulton-Middleton 14.

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