2017-11-09 / Sports

WHAT’S IN VIEW

Championships on the line

By Mike Gallagher

Sports Writer - mgallagher@mihomepaper.com

HURON COUNTY - There are a few championship games on the line this week.

Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port football will be playing Pewamo-Westphalia for a Division 8 Regional title.

North Huron football will be playing Portland St. Patrick for a spot in the 8-Player Division 2 State Finals.

Unionville-Sebewaing Area volleyball will be playing Brown City for a Class C Regional title.

The Lakers will be hosting Pewamo- Westphalia on Saturday afternoon for a game that kicks off at 1 p.m.

The Pirates are 10-1 on the season, and defeated New Lothrop 35-14 last week for a district title.

“They are the defending state champs,” said EPBP head coach Steve VerBurg. “Watching their file from a year ago, and this year they do a lot of similar things. They have a lot of similar athletes, and similar talent, and that’s what we’re planning for.”

Last season, on their way to a state title, Pewamo-Westphalia gave up only 117 points in 14 games. This season their defense has been just as good, giving up only 79 points through 11 games.

Offensively, the Pirates are led by Jimmy Lehman, a dual-threat quarterback, who has 1,280 yards passing and 568 rushing yards on the season, along with 28 total touchdowns.

“He’s a good football player,” said VerBurg. “This is the kind of game that you want though. You want to play against good ball players. Our kids are ready for the challenge, and we’re going to do what we can do to stop him.”

The Lakers will be hosting Pewamo- Westphalia, as they just edged them out in playoff points.

“I think that’s going to be real important for us,” said VerBurg. “There’s a good advantage to sleeping in your own bed at night, and not having to get up so early.”

According to VerBurg, the key for the game will be to just do what the Lakers have done all season.

“We need to play very stout defense,” said VerBurg. “We need to control the line of scrimmage, we need to be methodical in what we do, and we need to create some turnovers.”

For North Huron, they will be on the road Saturday, and will play in a game that kicks off at 2 p.m.

The Warriors will face Portland St. Patrick, who is coming off of a 50-0 victory over Flint International Academy last week.

The Shamrocks have outscored their opponents 409-126 on the season, and their only loss was to Bellevue in week four of the regular season.

After defeating Reese Tuesday night, the USA Patriots volleyball team will be playing for a regional championship in, Bad Axe, against Brown City, Thursday night at 7 p.m..

USA is currently 37-11-6 on the season, and are coming off a sweep of Reese in the regional semifinals.

Brown City boasts a 33-9-6 record, and had a perfect 10-0 record in Greater Thumb East play this season.

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