November 8, 2009

Future Chippewas battle in playoffs

It was a tough week for many of Central Michigan's 2010 commits on the gridiron. For those in the Midwest, the playoff race was a few rounds in, and the results were a mixed bag as more than half of CMU's commits in the playoffs saw their high school careers come to an end.

Ben Brown and his Romeo squad were fresh off an upset victory over previously undefeated Grand Blanc and were faced with another unbeaten in round two with Clarkston. Unfortunately, Romeo and their Wildcat style offense featuring Brown could never get moving and they fell 21-3. Brown would finish the game with 15 carries for 88 yards and averaged 46 yards per punt in his special team's duty.

Utica Eisenhower would suffer a similar fate in Division 1. Despite defeating Macomb Dakota 24-8 just a few weeks ago, Joe Wirth and Eisenhower would have to play at Dakota in a rematch. This time around, Dakota would torch the Eagles through the air as starting Dakota quarterback Mark Morris would throw for 176 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 28-10 victory.

Morris (IL) offensive and defensive lineman Kevin Henry saw his season end in the second round as well. Morris fell 35-0 to the Mendota Trojans on Saturday afternoon and the offensive woes that plagued them all season finally caught up to them. Henry would finish the season with 58 tackles, 8 sacks and two forced fumbles.

One CMU commit who did keep his season going was Inkster wide receiver Johnathan Taylor. The Vikings kept their improbable playoff run alive with a 50-28. Inkster did not turn the ball over once and completed only six passes, but Taylor made his mark on the game, snagging two passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Also continuing their playoff run was a Cody Kater led Montague squad, who are looking to repeat as Division 6 champions. The Wildcats would once again face little opposition as they rolled over Sanford Meridian 35-0. Kater would complete 17-22 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns and rush for 47 yards and a touchdown in the win.

In the state of Ohio where playoffs just started, Dwight Macon and his Steubenville squad scored a big victory in round one as the defeated Alliance Marlington Dukes 34-26. Macon completed 20-31 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown and added 41 yards and a two touchdowns rushing.

Taylor, Kater and Macon will all look to continue their playoff quests this upcoming weekend. For the rest of CMU's 2010 commits, football season is over and most will shift their focus to other sports before joining the Chippewas for next season.

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