Top high school football playoff games: Regionals
No. 1 Detroit Cass Tech (11-0) at No. 5 Saline (11-0), Friday, 7 p.m. – This showdown will be a rematch of a Division 1 semifinal from two years ago when Saline came out on top 30-15 and advanced to the state championship game at Ford Field, where the Hornets lost to Clarkston. Saline quarterback Zach Schwartzenberger can do a lot of damage with his arm as well as his legs. Cass Tech put on a strong defensive effort in its 24-7 district title game win over No. 10 Dearborn.
Southfield A&T (8-3) at No. 4 Utica Eisenhower (11-0), Friday, 7 p.m. – Eisenhower continued its outstanding defensive play with a 42-7 rout of Macomb Dakota in a Division 1 district final. Eisenhower has scored 38 or more points in its last six games, led by junior quarterback Max Wittwer. Southfield A&T has been getting the job done with backup quarterback John Darby, who has played well while relieving injured starter Sam Johnson, including a 246-yard passing effort in a 41-6 district title game rout of West Bloomfield.
Fenton (9-2) at Walled Lake Western (10-1), Saturday, noon – Fenton displayed its high-scoring offense in a 49-42 Division 2 district title game win over Midland Dow with junior dual-threat quarterback Josh Czarnota responsible for all seven TDs (270 passing yards, two TDs; 148 yards rushing, five TDs). Western has a high-powered offense of its own in quarterback Johnny Tracy and Michigan-State bound receiver Cody White, along with other big weapons in Kam Ford and Justin Thomas.
Last week’s top games
Saline 37, Canton 31: Zach Schwartzenberger threw for 174 yards and two TDs, including a 63-yard TD toss to Arizona-bound tight end Bryce Wolma to open up a 24-17 third-quarter lead, then ran for a seven-yard TD for a 34-24 cushion in a Division 1 district title game. JT Turner kicked field goals of 37, 35 and 33 yards for Saline (11-0) and running back Connor Hibbard ran for 179 yards (18 carries) and a TD. Markus Sanders rushed for 189 yards to lead a 369-yard running attack for Canton (8-3).
Hudsonville Unity Christian 35, Benton Harbor 34 (OT): Senior running back Jeremy Burrell rushed for 237 yards and three TDs, giving him 629 yards for the two postseason games, but he was stopped on a two-point conversion after Denny Brown’s 9-yard TD run in overtime for Benton Harbor (10-1). Then, Unity Christian (9-2) won the Division 4 district title game on a one-yard TD run by Parker Scholten and a PAT. Scholten rushed for 234 yards on 27 carries.
Fenton 49, Midland Dow 42: Junior quarterback Josh Czarnota threw for 270 yards and two TDs, rushing for 148 yards and five TDs behind an offensive line anchored by Reid Thompson in this Division 2 district final. Czarnota now has 2,200 yards passing and 26 TDs, and 1,032 yards rushing and 16 TDs for Fenton (9-2). He threw a five-yard TD pass to Josh Maher with 2:10 left for the difference. Standout senior quarterback Bruce Mann threw for 238 yards and four TDs and ran for 131 yards and two TDs for Dow (9-2).