Saturday, November 24, 2007
Division 5: Menominee 21, Jackson Lumen Christi 7
It's Menominee again
Rod Beard / The Detroit News
DETROIT -- The trip down to the Lower Peninsula was well worth it for Menominee.
For the second straight season, the Maroons came to Ford Field and left with a state championship. This time, it was after a 21-7 victory over Jackson Lumen Christi in the Division 5 final Saturday.
Ethan Shaver led the Maroons with 208 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries and went 6-of-13 passing for 89 yards.
Menominee (14-0) started the scoring on its first drive of the game, going 65 yards in six plays, capped by Shaver's 11-yard keeper.
Neither team scored again until the fourth quarter, when Shaver dove in for a 1-yard score with 6:37 remaining in the game.
Lumen Christi (12-2) finally got on the scoreboard at the 5:41 mark of the fourth quarter on Conor Sullivan's 67-yard touchdown pass to Mark Lathers.
The Titans had a couple of opportunities to tie the score, but Menominee's defense held and Shaver scored his third touchdown on a 6-yard run with 1:21 left to clinch it.
It was the sixth finals appearance for Lumen Christi since 2000. The Titans won titles in 2000-01 and 2003-04. Lumen Christi lost to Muskegon Oakridge, 42-28, in the 2005 title game.
In last season's title game, Menominee beat Madison Heights Madison, 41-6.