2017-11-09 / Sports

Lakers stop Red Hawks again, move on in MHSAA Playoffs

By Jake Kennedy
Contributing Writer

The Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port football team celebrates their district championship over Cass City with their fans Friday night. 
Photo by Jake Kennedy The Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port football team celebrates their district championship over Cass City with their fans Friday night. Photo by Jake Kennedy CASS CITY – Shades of week 5 in the regular season, the Elkton-Pigeon- Bay Port Lakers shut down the Cass City Red Hawks on the goal line to advance to the third round the MHSAA Division 7 playoffs, winning 18-14.

Cass City was knocking on the door with 35 seconds left in the game, sitting on the Lakers’ 2-yard line and was shut down on three straight plays.

This was the first District Championship for the Lakers new head coach, Steve VerBerg.

“I’m just excited for the kids and our community, we have a very proud community here at Lakers and I’m just so excited for everybody,” said VerBerg.

With the win against the Red Hawks comes a date with the Pewamo- Westphalia Pirates, the defending Division 7 State Champs.

“They do a lot of things and we’ll have to tighten everything up to get past them,” said VerBerg about the Pirates.

It took until the second quarter for anyone to find the end zone when Cass City’s Nick Perry ran the ball in for a 2-yard touchdown, putting the Red Hawks up 6-0 just two minutes into the quarter.

Cass City outgained the Lakers 127 to -10 yards leading up to the touchdown for the Red Hawks.

Lakers was trapped in a 4th and 11 situation when Brennan Wissner dropped back to pass and found Jacob Kretzschmer, who tipped the ball up in the air to himself, for the 31-yard touchdown pitch and catch, tying the score 6-6.

Sandyn Cuthrell was intercepted on Cass City’s next drive by Wissner; a personal foul penalty against Cass City gave the Lakers one untimed down.

Wissner took advantage of the free play and found Adam Legault for the 50-yard touchdown to end the half, giving the Lakers the lead 12-6.

Cass City opened the half with a 11:43 long drive, capped off by a touchdown run by Nick Perry from six yards out. Brendan Hamilton added on the 2-point conversion, giving the Red Hawks the lead 14-12.

Lakers responded with a long drive where Wissner found Kretzschmer again for the 4-yard touchdown pass, Wissner’s third touchdown pass of the night, and giving the Lakers the lead 18-14 with 4:50 left in the game.

The Red Hawks worked their way all the way down to the Laker 2 yard line with just 35 seconds left in the game.

Sandyn Cuthrell was stuffed at the line of scrimmage when he tried to punch it into the end zone and take the lead.

Then it was Brendan Hamilton who tried to break the plain of the goal line and he was turned away by the Laker defense, losing three yards on the play and leaving just 9 seconds left on the clock.

Cass City turned to Nick Perry, who had already scored twice in the game, but he was denied the end zone and time ran out on the Red Hawk’s season.

“That’s the best season we ever had, unfortunately things didn’t go our way,” said Cass City head coach Scott Cuthrell.

Cass City outgained the Lakers by 110 yards, led in rushing yards by Brendan Hamilton with 135 yards. Nick Perry had 85 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns.

Sandyn Cuthrell added 44 yards passing.

The Lakers were led in yards by Brennan Wissner who went 5 out of 8, passing for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Wissner was also the leading rusher for the Lakers with 36 yards on the ground. Preston Warren had 17 yards rushing and Jacob Kretzschmer added another 12 yards rushing with 39 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

For the Lakers, they move on to take on the Pirates of Pewamo-Westphalia, who won the State Championship in Division 7 last season.

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