Mendon rushing attack grinds out big win over winless Manistique

Braxton Samson sets program record

MANISTIQUE — Mendon’s football team traveled across the Mackinac Bridge into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Saturday to face Manistique in a non-conference battle.
The long trip home proved worth it as Bobby Kretschman’s Hornets had a 49-24 victory to celebrate on the way back.
“It was a great experience for our kids. We played a very good first half of football, but got a little tired in the second half,” Kretschman said.
Mendon, which finishes the regular season with a 7-2 record, jumped out to a 20-0 lead after the first quarter against the Emeralds (0-9).
Wyatt Cool of Mendon opened the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run. Freshmen Austin Rensi added scoring a 60-yard scoring run and caught a 53-yard pass for paydirt from quarterback Hunter Lovell. Cool added a conversion run.
Rensi hauled in a 34-yard pass for Mendon’s only score in the second quarter. Cool ran in the conversion for a 28-0 lead.
Manistique scored with just 0:24 left in the half on a 46-yard pass, cutting the Emeralds’ deficit to 28-6 at the break.
Mendon extended its margin to 35-6 in the third after Rensi galloped 30-yards to paydirt. Cool added the PAT.
Manistique scored again on a 13-yard aerial strike cutting the Hornets’ lead to 35-12 entering the final period.
The Emeralds scored again early in the final period on a 45-yard pass play.
Lovell added a one-yard quarterback sneak and Cool added a PAT to boost Mendon’s lead to 42-18.
Manistique scored its final points on a 59-yard pass play.
Mendon capped the scoring with Rensi sprinting into the end zone from 32 yards. Cool added the PAT.
Mendon outgained Manistique in total yardage 424-355.
The Hornets were effective shutting down the Emeralds’ rushing attack holding it to 20 carries for a negative 19 yards.
Meanwhile, Mendon ran the ball 42 times for 306 yards led by Rensi with 18 touches for 199 yards and three TDs.
Lovell completed 7-of-11 passes worth 118 yards and two TDs.
Rensi hauled in the two TD receptions for 87 yards.
Braxton Samson caught two passes which brought his career total to 58, a program record.
Derrick Maurer (2003-05) and Tim Baker (1971-72) share the previous record of 56. Glen Samson, Mendon’s offensive coordinator and Braxton’s father, is now fifth on the list with 51.
Braxton Samson and Mikki Feister also intercepted one pass each. Ruben Vorster, Lovell and Corbin Weinberg all recovered fumbles for Mendon’s defense.
Layne Peterson had 12 tackles for Mendon. Austin Samson had 8 1/2 tackles for the Hornets. Lovell, Vorster and Braxton Samson all had six tackles each. Noah Slaughter had 5 1/2 tackles for Mendon, while Feister, Rensi and Jake DeRyke all had five apiece.

Schoolcraft 41, Delton Kellogg 7
DELTON — Schoolcraft rolled up a 41-0 halftime lead en route to a 41-7 win Friday at Delton Kellogg.
Ricky Clark scored on quarterback keepers of one and 40 yards for the Eagles, now 9-0.
Clark also completed a 14-yard scoring pass to Kobe Clark for another Schoolcraft TD.
Kobe Clark had a 39-yard scoring dash, while Reilly Puhalski sprinted 40 yards to paydirt and Aaron Lenning scored on a one-yard run.
Kameron Snyder kicked five PATs for the Eagles.
Delton Kellogg scored its only points on a 13-yard run by Eddie Jones and Wyatt Mast’s PAT.
Ricky Clark ran four times for 76 yards and two TDs. Lenning added four rushes for 41 yards and one TD. Puhalski carried three times for 38 yards and one score.
Ricky Clark was 4-for-4 passing for 114 yards and one TD. Ben Crofoot was the Eagles’ top receiver with two catches for 84 yards.
Riley Piper had eight tackles defensively for Schoolcraft. Vince Morris added six tackles, while Spencer Fox, Mark Phelps, Nick Dage, Scott MacFarlane, River Fox, Marc Shaink, Blake Bales and Jakob Huysken all had five tackles each.
Huysken recovered a fumble.
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