Division 8: Muskegon CC powers way to 4th straight crown

Al Willman, Special to The Detroit News

Detroit — Muskegon Catholic Central has become a staple atop the Division 8 leaderboard.

With its 35-6 win over Ottawa Lake Whiteford on Friday at Ford Field, Muskegon CC won its fourth straight D8 title, and its sixth since 2000.

Muskegon CC also capped a perfect 14-0 season for the second time in three seasons and is 51-4 in Steve Czerwon’s four years as coach.

“There’s such a great work ethic that this team has,” Czerwon said. “The kids are going to get back to work pretty soon. There’ll be kids in the weight room on Monday.”

Cameron Martinez had 15 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown for  Muskegon CC. The freshman quarterback was also 4-of-9 for 61 yards.

Logan Helton had seven carries for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

BOX SCORE: Muskegon Catholic Central 35, Ottawa Lake Whiteford 6

For Whiteford (13-1), Thomas Eitniear was 7-of-10 for 96 yards. He also had nine carries for 111 yards and a touchdown.

On each of its first two drives, Whiteford turned the ball over on downs deep inside Catholic Central territory.

Muskegon CC, after going three-and-out on its first drive, got a 5-yard touchdown from Helton midway through the second quarter. 

Thomas Eitnear’s 81-yard keeper put Whiteford on the board. Eitnear threw an incomplete pass on the two-point conversion attempt, and with 2:37 left until halftime, Muskegon CC had a 7-6 lead, which it took into the break.

“I was very pleased with the first half,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said. “It was exactly the kind of game we were looking for. Overall, I was pleased with the effort.”

In the second half, Muskegon CC ran away with the game.

Helton’s second touchdown — a 26-yard run — extended the lead for Muskegon CC With 10:45 left in the third, it was 14-6.

“He’s gotten faster, bigger (and) stronger,” Czerwon said of his senior wing back. “He’s giving the pregame speech to the kids.”

Martinez’s 5-yard run made it 21-6 with 3:08 left in the third.

LaTommy Scott’s 25-yard run padded the lead.  With 9:44 left in the fourth, Muskegon CC had a 28-6 advantage.

Herbie Bertz, Whiteford’s kicker/punter, was listed in the program, but did not play in the first half. He entered in the third quarter.

Whiteford was 0-for-5 on fourth down and turned the ball over on downs four times deep in Muskegon CC territory, and twice in the red zone.

“The goal is to play four-down football,” Mensing said. “That’s going to continue to be part of our philosophy.”

Al Willman is a freelance writer