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Fortunately for Ludington, its football team was pretty much flawless Friday night at Oriole Field.
Unfortunately for Mason County Central, Ludington’s football team was pretty much flawless Friday night at Oriole Field. The Orioles scored on each of its possessions to take the season finale against the Spartans, 47-6, in a nonconference contest for the Lumberman’s Trophy.
“I thought we had potential to play like that,” Ludington coach Charlie Gunsell said. “Those were the thoughts we had all year. To come out in the final week, and put it all together, and play like that, it’s a great way to finish an up-and-down year.” Ludington scored on almost every single drive with the only instance of not scoring coming because of halftime. That drive began at the Orioles 14 with 1:17 left in the first half. Other than that, Chad Large was a perfect 16-for-16 passing for 210 yards with touchdown passes of 10, 50, 17 and 14 yards. He also had 14 carries for 126 yards and scoring runs of 10 and 53 yards.
Ludington (5-4) got up quick thanks to a fumble on the third play of the game by Mason County Central. After taking over, Large connected with Alex English for the 10-yard score. Ryan Bowen’s kick made it, 7-0. “It was one of those things where it just snowballed on us,” Mason County Central coach Scott Briggs said. “We just never were really able to recover from it. Obviously, it was not our best football game we’ve had this season. I’m still proud of this group. I know it’s not the way we wanted to finish the season. We know we’re capable of doing better.”
The Spartans (3-6) next drive was methodical, churning out 11 plays and nearly 5 minutes of game clock. But Ludington stopped Central on downs on the Orioles’ 27-yard line and struck quickly again. Taylor Follrath received a shovel pass for a 50-yard score.
Central had couple of other long drives in the second half, too. The Spartans had a 13-play, 41-yard drive that stalled out on downs at the Orioles 29. Mason County Central’s score came from a 15-yard run by Murphy O’Brien to culminate a 10-play drive that consumed nearly six minutes of running clock in the fourth quarter. “We moved the ball well. We were pretty good between the 20s,” Briggs said. “We just didn’t make that one play we needed to make. If we had gotten some momentum our way. . .” The Spartans had 198 yards of offense rushing, led by Jost Ritzema’s 48 yards on 16 carries. Matt Burbridge added 46 yards on 10 carries followed by Caleb Wood’s 39 yards on eight carries and Brad Rendwick’s 24 yards on one carry. Spencer Knizacky finished the game 3-for-8 passing for 23 yards. Nate Strajcek, Ritzema and O’Brien each had receptions. Sean Wells led Central with 12 tackles, followed by Brad Renwick with seven tackles and Jacob Graczyk with five tackles.
Ludington’s defense was led by Joe Graham’s eight tackles followed by Chase Rohrer with six and Aaron Luurtsema with five. Large connected with six different receivers in the game. Follrath had four catches for 64 yards to lead the group. Joe Graham had three receptions for 30 yards. Chase Rohrer, Jake Kacynski, English and Bowen each had two catches. Graham was the second leading rusher with 47 yards on seven carries. “I’m thrilled for those kids,” Gunsell said. “That’s what it’s about. It’s about the kids and the memory they’ll make. I think they walked off the field with a lot of memories.”
Ludington graduates seven very strong seniors, including Large and Kacynski who played on the last playoff team in Orioles history. Gunsell said the program is going to miss them and has a lot to look forward to in the future. “We bring back 16 juniors and we bring back some kids that can play. There’s some decisions that need to made within the program in the next month, and we’ll make those and we’ll see how that goes,” Gunsell said. “Ludington has kids coming back.” What decisions exactly? “It’s coming back for me. It’s something I’ll talk with coach (and athletic director Steve Brockelbank),” he said. “It’s been 15 fun years… I just have some decisions to make and I’ll leave it at that. It’s been good. It’s been real good.”
The Spartans graduate six players who Briggs described as what helped to keep the team together through injuries and a depleted roster through their leadership. “We’re going to miss them and we’re going to wish them the best in their next endeavor,” Briggs said. “I’m excited about next year. We had three sophomores up and a big group of juniors. We’re getting good talent off of (junior varsity). It’s what do you do in this point and time. The work has to be done in the offseason for things to change.”
Notes: Prior to the game, there was a moment of silence for the Lake family, whose children were involved in an accident. The children were on their way to school at Mason County Eastern. . . Mason County Central’s marching band also played at halftime with Ludington’s marching band.
Article Courtesy: David Bossick, Ludington Daily News Sports Editor
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LAKES 8 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL HONORS
Ludington senior Jake Kacynski was given all-Lakes 8 Activities Conference honors for both offense and defense this week by the conference. Kacynski was one of nine Orioles to receive honors in one form or another by the Lakes 8. Kacynski, though, was named to the first team offense and the first team defense by the conference. He earned top honors as a skill position player on offense and along the defensive line.
Also on the first team defense with Kacynski was junior Alex English at a defensive skill position. Ludington senior Aaron Luurtsema and junior Taylor Follrath also earned honors for their play on offense. Luurtsema was named to the second team all-Lakes 8 at offensive line. Follrath was honorable mention on offense. Remington Rohrer, a senior, was named second-team all-Lakes 8 at defensive line with Chase Rohrer, a senior, and Logan Sorenson, a junior, were named second-team all-Lakes 8 at defensive skill positions.
The complete teams:
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE: Fremont--Wyatt Campbell, senior, skill; Blake Locke, junior, line. Fruitport--Derrick White, senior, skill; Chris Hendricks, senior, line. Ludington--Chad Large, senior, quarterback; Jake Kacynski, senior, skill; Noah Dobrzelewski, junior, line. Orchard View--Mike Parker, junior, skill; Tyler Ashley, senior, line. Spring Lake--Jake Fredrick, junior, skill; Zach Anderson, senior, line; Adam Ross, senior, kicker.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE: Fremont--Jared Smith, senior, skill. Fruitport--Luc Kostamo, senior, skill; Jager Burrous, senior, line; Brad Chorny, junior, line. Grant--Dakota Scholten, junior, skill. Ludington--Aaron Luurtesma, senior, line. Spring Lake--Charlie Warber, senior, skill; Mark Williamson, junior, skill; Mason Bialik, senior, line. Tri-County--Markus Bogardus, senior, skill; Jimmy DeGeer, senior, line.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE: Fremont--Aaron Reinhold, senior, line; Charley Dakin, senior, skill; Grant Clark, senior, punter. Fruitport--Chris Hendricks, senior, line. Grant--Austin Garza, junior, skill. Ludington--Jake Kacynski, senior, line; Alex English, senior, skill. Orchard View--Mike Parker, junior, skill. Spring Lake--Sawyer Smith, senior, line; Charlie Warber, senior, skill; Chase Slagboom, senior, skill; Jake Fredrick, junior, skill.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE: Grant--Dakota Scholten, senior, line. Fruitport--Nathan Kriger, junior, skill; Shawn Knox Jr., senior, skill; Mitchell Reyes, senior, skill. Ludington--Remington Rohrer, senior, line; Chase Rohrer, senior, skill; Logan Sorenson, junior, skill. Spring Lake--Mark Williamson, junior, skill; Nate Batts, junior, skill. Tri-County--Bryan Scott, junior, line. Ricky Kilts, senior, line.
HONORABLE MENTION: Fremont--Zeb Snow, senior; Will Hawkins, junior; Blake Locke, junior. Fruitport--Austin Fialek, senior; Collin Butler, senior; Collin Cribley, senior. Orchard View--Matias Keyes, sophomore; Robert Clayton, junior. Spring Lake--Devon Eldred, junior.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jerry Rabideau, Spring Lake.
Schedules above pulled from HighSchoolSports.Net
Congratulations to Jim Bowen who has agreed to lead the Ludington Football Parents Club this year. Jim grew up playing football in the Saginaw area and has a passion for the game. His son Ryan is a junior on this year's varsity team. Please assist Jim as he transitions into this new role and please continue to help support the Ludington Football "machine" !
Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions is the site of the Michigan High School Championship 2013 Football Games!
DATES TO REMEMBER
Selection Sunday -- Oct. 27
Regional Tournament -- Nov. 1 or 2 & Nov. 8 or 9
MHSAA Semifinals - Nov. 16
MHSAA Finals -- Nov. 22 or 23