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2015 MHSAA Finals

At Ford Field


Saturday, Nov. 28

Division 1

2015 champion: Romeo


No. 7 Romeo (13-1/100.111) 41

No. 4 Detroit Cass Technical (11-3/88.222) 27

Bradley Tanner ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns (20, 31, and 16 yards) to lead the Bulldogs to their first Division 1 championship. Paul Hurley rushed for a 20-yard touchdown and passed for 203 yards and a 40-yard touchdown to Lucas Schimon. Domenico Bongiorno rushed for a 10-yard touchdown. Kade Messner had 12 tackles.

> Box score


> Romeo tops Cass Tech 41-27 for 1st state title

> Bulldogs cap banner postseason push with first state football title

> Romeo stuns Cass Tech

> Romeo quarterback Paul Hurley has clutch performance to lead team to 1st state title

> Romeo wins special teams battle to pull away from Cass Tech in D1 state final

> Romeo sticks with Heimbuch and seals win over Cass Tech

> Romeo’s past celebrates the present

> Storybook ending for Romeo in Div. 1 title game

> Romeo Raises Champ's Trophy for 1st Time

> 'No egos' for Romeo as it wins first Div. 1 title

> Detroit Cass Tech football could not 'adapt' in Division 1 title loss to Romeo

> Romeo's Bradley Tanner runs over Cass Tech in D1 state championship

> Romeo went all-out to win state Division 1 championship


> Div. 1, 2 preview: PSL's King, Cass Tech can win at 'home'

> Prep football state finals preview: Saturday’s games

> So far, Cass Tech's had the county's number

> Romeo's Cool Hand Lucas

> ‘Heel clickers’ give Romeo a leg up on rivals

> Detroit Embarks on Historical Weekend



Friday, Nov. 27

Division 2

2015 champion: Detroit Martin Luther King


No. 1 Detroit Martin Luther King (14-0/114.222) 40

D3 No. 4 Lowell (12-2/101.333) 38

Down the entire game, the top-ranked Crusaders won the game on the final play, as Donnie Corley caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Armani Posey as time expired to beat the Division 3 No. 4-ranked Red Arrows. King scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally from a 31-20 third-quarter deficit. Posey threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Ambry Thomas, a two-yard pass to Lavert Hill and the game-winner to Corley. Lowell scored with 7:10 remaining on a two-yard run by Ryan Stevens to take a 38-26 lead. Posey finished with 383 yards passing and five touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Corley finished with 108 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Hill had 77 yards receiving and two touchdowns. It is King’s second state championship, last winning in 2007. The only other time in Michigan high school football state-final history that a game was decided on the last play was in 1986 when Steve Mann caught a Charlie Johnson 17-yard pass to give Detroit Country Day an 18-14 Class C state championship over Muskegon Catholic Central.

> Box score


> Wow! Detroit King wins state title on last-second TD

> Corley's TD caps improbable comeback by King

> Detroit Martin Luther King stuns Lowell on last play, 40-38, to win D2 title

> Last-second Hail Mary victory for Detroit King is a magical play that will go down in history

> Lowell reaction, commentary and a video highlight from 40-38 heartbreaking loss to Detroit Martin Luther King

> King Completes Perfect Run on Final Play

> WR-turned-QB Posey engineers King comeback

> Div. 2, 8: King fooled twice; tough final for Our Lady

> Detroit Martin Luther King quarterback Armani Posey has record-setting title victory

> Posey given keys to King offense, drives to state title


> King's Pettaway follows in late bro's footsteps to finals

> Div. 1, 2 preview: PSL's King, Cass Tech can win at 'home'

> Prep football state finals preview: Friday’s games

> Detroit Embarks on Historical Weekend



Saturday, Nov. 28

Division 3

2014 champion: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory


No. 2 Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory (12-1/101.889) 29

No. 9 Chelsea (11-2/84.778) 12

Justin Myrick rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eaglets to their second-straight Division 3 championship. Brendan Tabone connected with Kahlee Hamler for two touchdowns. Rashawn Allen rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown. Troy Marks had 105 yards rushing. Caden Murphy had 10 tackles. Graham Kuras totaled nine tackles and Trevor Kingsley and Ryan Stasiak both added eight tackles in the victory.

> Box score


> Orchard Lake St. Mary's overpowers Chelsea, 29-12, in D3 football final

> OL St. Mary's grinds out 29-12 victory over Chelsea

> Orchard Lake St. Mary's makes it a double

> St. Mary's runs over Chelsea for 7th state title

> Tabone comes up big in quarterbacking St. Mary's to second straight state title

> St. Mary's Repeats in St. Mary's Fashion

> Kahlee 'K.J.' Hamler does it again at Ford Field, helps St. Mary's clinch Division 3 title

> Chelsea football earns right to be prideful despite D3 state finals loss to St. Mary's

> State finals trick play a dream scenario for longtime Chelsea neighbors

> Orchard Lake St. Mary's makes it back-to-back D3 titles with win over Chelsea, 29-12

> St. Mary's powers past Chelsea 29-12, wins Division 3 state title for second time in a row

> OL St. Mary's left impression in Division 3 win


> OL St. Mary's ready to finish off a season full of expectations with another title

> Div. 3, 4: Chelsea in group with state powerhouses

> Wounded teammates once again will be a source of inspiration for OL St. Mary's

> St. Mary’s looking for more good fortune at Ford Field

> Prep football state finals preview: Saturday’s games

> Superb depth helps treat injury bug as St. Mary's football is back in state title game

> Chelsea football understands challenge of facing 'best team in the state'

> 5 things to know: D3 final features first-timer Chelsea, defending champion St. Mary's



Friday, Nov. 27

Division 4

2015 champion: Zeeland West


D3 No. 1 Zeeland West (13-0/104.889) 40

Flint Powers Catholic (11-2/75.778) 14

Darius Perisee rushed for an eight-yard touchdown and the conversion to give the Division 3 top-ranked Dux an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. Tyler Thompson scampered into the end zone from five yards out and also got the conversion to increase the lead to 16-0. Dakota Geurink scored on a five-yard run. Perisee added the conversion in the third quarter. Thompson added a two-yard touchdown and conversion and Casey Brinks ran for a 39-yard touchdown and Perisee rushed for his third conversion in the fourth quarter.

> Box score


> Zeeland West romps over Flint Powers

> Zeeland West grinds down Flint Powers for 40-14 win in Division 4 football final

> Zeeland West runs over Flint Powers, 40-14

> Zeeland West sets school scoring record, but Dux defense isn’t too shabby, either

> Zeeland West overcomes early scare to beat Flint Powers Catholic for Division 4 state crown

> Zeeland West Rumbles to Another Title

> Flint Powers overachieves in dream run to football state championship

> Flint Powers fails to rekindle old championship magic in return trip to state finals


> Div. 3, 4: Chelsea in group with state powerhouses

> Prep football state finals preview: Friday’s games

> Playmaking Sargent Powers Chargers



Saturday, Nov. 28

Division 5

2013-15 champion: Grand Rapids West Catholic


No. 6 Grand Rapids West Catholic (12-2/75.111) 40

River Rouge (12-2/84.222) 34

David Fox rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Falcons as they held off the Panthers to win their third straight and fourth Division 5 championship in the past six seasons. Gaetano Vallone passed for 84 yards and a nine-yard touchdown to Aaron Hall and rushed for 115 yards. Sam Neville ran for a three-yard touchdown.

> Box score


> QBs Shine as West Catholic Earns 3-Peat

> West Catholic solves problem of departed star QB with two answers on way to third straight state title

> GR West Catholic 3-peats, 40-34 over River Rouge

> River Rouge overcomes mistakes, hangs tough in 40-34 loss to G.R. West Catholic in D5 title game


> Div. 5, 6: One a rematch, one title shot for Rouge

> River Rouge's ascent nearly complete

> State Final Preview: River Rouge vs. Grand Rapids West Catholic

> Prep football state finals preview: Saturday’s games

> Grand Rapids West Catholic, Zeeland West football coaches have more in common than state titles



Friday, Nov. 27

Division 6

2015 champion: Ithaca


No. 1 Ithaca (14-0/88.000) 27

D7 No. 5 Clinton (13-1/80.000) 20

The top-ranked Yellowjackets won their fifth Division 6 championship in the past six seasons with a 27-20 come-from-behind victory over the Redskins. Down 13-0 early in the third quarter, the Yellowjackets ran off 27 straight points. Jake Smith ran for a 14-yard touchdown. Smith then connected with Spence DeMull for an 18-yard touchdown. Smith ran for his second touchdown from 12 yards out to close out the third quarter. Smith added a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Smith finished with three touchdowns on the ground and 126 yards and 180 yards passing and one touchdown. DeMull finished with 89 yards receiving and a touchdown.

> Box score


> Back on top: Ithaca tops Clinton for state title

> Ithaca storms back to take down Clinton for Division 6 state championship

> Ithaca rides second-half surge to redemption and D6 state championship against Clinton

> Halftime sermon turns Ithaca quarterback Jake Smith into 'best player on the field'

> Ithaca rallies to win 5th title in 6 years

> Ithaca edges Clinton 27-20 for yet another title

> Jackets explode in second half to win fifth D6 state title in last six years

> Ithaca Follows QB Back To Legendary Level

> Small towns Ithaca, Clinton give big support at Ford Field


> Div. 5, 6: One a rematch, one title shot for Rouge

> Ithaca gears up for state-title rematch against Sexton-led Clinton

> Hometown Heroes: Ithaca's success stems from team-first approach

> Prep football state finals preview: Friday’s games

> Battle-tested Clinton ready for rematch with Ithaca in state title game



Saturday, Nov. 28

Division 7

2015 champion: Ishpeming


No. 2 Ishpeming (13-0/82.667) 22

No. 4 Pewamo-Westphalia (13-1/77.333) 16

Down 16-0 in the second quarter, senior Ozzy Corp ran for three touchdowns (one-yard, four-yards, and one-yard) and two conversions to lead the second-ranked Hematites to their third Division 7 championship in the past four years. Corp finished with 132 yards rushing and 77 yards passing on the day. Corp added 10 tackles on defense.

> Box score


> Veteran Ishpeming Takes Back D7 Title

> Ishpeming rallies for 3rd title in 4 years

> Pewamo-Westphalia drops state title game

> Ishpeming's experience, resiliency leads to comeback and third state title in four years

> Ishpeming rallies back against Pewamo-Westphalia, 22-16, to claim third D7 title in four years

> Young Pewamo-Westphalia team vows return to Ford Field after loss to Ishpeming in D-7 finals

> Ishpeming rallies to 3rd straight title


> Div. 7, 8 preview: Ishpeming, P-W in battle of unbeatens

> Senior LB, Pewamo-Westphalia aim to make history

> Prep football state finals preview: Saturday’s games

> P-W's Jared Smith rushes past 3,000, into finals



Friday, Nov. 27

Division 8

2013-15 champion: Muskegon Catholic Central


No. 1 Muskegon Catholic Central (11-2/62.556) 7

No. 3 Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (13-1/90.667) 0

The top-ranked Crusaders won their third-straight Division 8 championship with a 7-0 victory over the No. 3-ranked Lakers. It is Muskegon Catholic Central’s 11th title overall. The game was scoreless after three quarters. Senior quarterback Christian Martinez scored the game’s only touchdown from eight yards out with 10:20 left in the game. Martinez finished with 45 yards rushing and intercepted a pass on defense. Junior Walker Christoffersen gained 113 yards on the ground for the Crusaders and had two key interceptions.

> Box score


> Muskegon Catholic Central gets its three-peat

> Muskegon Catholic Central wins D8 finals over Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 7-0

> Despite falling short, Senerius twins leave a memorable legacy with Our Lady of the Lakes football

> 4th-quarter TD carries Muskegon C.C. to 3rd straight title

> Our Lady of the Lakes shut down in title game loss to Catholic Central

> Defense shines even in defeat for WOLL

> Senior class for WOLL will always be worthy of a poster despite loss

> MCC Makes Most of 3-Peat Opportunity

> Defense gets the job done with another state title for Muskegon Catholic Central

> High-powered WOLL offense with no answers for Muskegon CC defense

> After concussion, Muskegon Catholic's Brody Kieft returns to go out on high

> MHSAA: No protest will be filed by Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes against Muskegon Catholic Central

> WOLL decides not to file grievance with MHSAA over title-game loss

> WOLL plans to file protest with MHSAA after title game loss


> Div. 7, 8 preview: Ishpeming, P-W in battle of unbeatens

> All Chris Cartier does is score touchdowns for WOLL

> WOLL ready to take best shot at defending champs

> Prep football state finals preview: Friday’s games

> A Game for Every Fan: 11-Player Finals



> Son of Swami picks Michigan's prep football title games

> Football state title predictions

> Detroit News prep picks: State finals



2015 MHSAA Semifinals

All semifinals are Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. unless noted.


> Son of Swami’s high school football semifinals picks


Division 1

2013-14 champion: Clarkston


> Printable playoff bracket


At Brighton

No. 7 Romeo (100.111 /12-1) 48, No. 5 Grand Ledge (103.111 /12-1) 21

> Romeo, weather too much for Grand Ledge in semis

> Romeo defeats Grand Ledge in state semifinal

> Romeo stops previously undefeated Grand Ledge, heads to first football state final


At Troy Athens

No. 4 Detroit Cass Technical (88.222/11-2) 48, Canton (88.111/10-3) 41

> Jackson steps in at QB for Cass Tech, 48-41

> Chiefs stopped cold by Cass Tech, 48-41

> Cass Tech downs Canton, returns to state finals after 2-year hiatus

> Defense and forced turnovers help Cass Tech book trip to Ford Field for D1 title


Division 2

2014 champion: Warren De La Salle


> Printable playoff bracket


At Alma College

D3 No. 4 Lowell (12-1/101.333) 49, No. 2 Walled Lake Western (12-1/112.222) 34

> Lowell avenges earlier loss to WL Western in showcase of offenses

> Walled Lake Western falls to Lowell in Division 2 football state semifinals despite fast start

> Lowell clinches first trip to Ford Field since 2011 with 49-34 win over Walled Lake Western


At Dearborn

No. 1 Detroit Martin Luther King (13-0/114.222) 40, Livonia Franklin (9-4/67.556) 6

> Detroit King dominant in dispatching Livonia Franklin

> Martell Pettaway adds ground game to mix in Detroit's King's 40-6 win over Livonia Franklin


Division 3

2014 champion: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory


> Printable playoff bracket


At Howell

No. 2 Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory (11-1/101.889) 14, East Grand Rapids (9-4/78.333) 7

> OLSM ends East Grand Rapids hex, heads back to Ford Field

> Orchard Lake St. Mary’s edges East Grand Rapids 14-7 in Division 3 semifinal


At Jackson’s Withington Stadium

Sunday, Nov. 22

No. 9 Chelsea (12-1/84.778) 35, No. 3 Coldwater (12-1/97.778) 7

> Coldwater falls in state semis to Chelsea

> Bulldogs dominate from the start, advance to D3 final


Division 4

2014 champion: Grand Rapids South Christian


> Printable playoff bracket


At East Kentwood

D3 No. 1 Zeeland West (13-0/104.889) 46, D3 No. 10 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern (11-2/91.333) 8

> Zeeland West 38-2 under chameleon quarterback Casey Brinks

> Zeeland West beats Forest Hills Eastern 46-8, advances to Division 4 state finals


At West Bloomfield

Flint Powers Catholic (11-2/75.778) 21, No. 1 Detroit Country Day (11-2/89.778) 14

> Snow kidding! DCD’s season ends again in state semis

> Country Day squanders 14-point lead in Div. 4 semifinals loss to Flint Powers

> Powers Catholic's Noah Sargent has performance for the ages leading Chargers to the Division 4 state final


Division 5

2013-14 champion: Grand Rapids West Catholic


> Printable playoff bracket


At Greenville

No. 6 Grand Rapids West Catholic (11-2/75.111) 42, No. 4 Lansing Catholic (11-2/85.333) 13

> Lansing Catholic's run ends in state semifinals

> Gaetano Vallone shining at quarterback for West Catholic

> West Catholic beats Lansing Catholic 42-13, advances to fourth-straight Division 5 final


At Novi

River Rouge (12-1/84.222) 28, No. 5 Ida (12-1/92.444) 26

> River Rouge edges Ida for first-ever trip to state title game

> River Rouge stalls Ida, advances to D5 final

> River Rouge stops Ida's 2-point conversion to advance to finals, 28-26


Division 6

2014 champion: Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central


> Printable playoff bracket


At Clare

No. 1 Ithaca (13-0/88.000) 28, D7 No. 1 Traverse City St. Francis (12-1/93.667) 19

> Ford focus: Ithaca grinds out D6 semifinals victory over TC St. Francis, headed to Ford Field for sixth straight year

> Happy Returns: DeMull leads Jackets back to Ford Field

> Ithaca overcomes 'dark moments' to earn sixth straight trip to state final

> Ithaca defense makes stand when needed in Division 6 semifinal win over Traverse City St. Francis


At Battle Creek Harper Creek

D7 No. 5 Clinton (13-0/80.000) 42, D7 No. 8 Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (12-1/86.222) 20

> Team-first attitude propels Clinton back to Ford Field

> Clinton advances to second Division 6 state football final in three years with 42-20 win over NorthPointe Christian


Division 7

2014 champion: Detroit Loyola


> Printable playoff bracket


At Marquette’s Superior Dome

No. 2 Ishpeming (12-0/82.667) 22, No. 3 New Lothrop (12-1/88.889) 14

> New Lothrop football's dream of playing for state championship will have to wait another year

> Four turnovers prove costly as Ishpeming beats New Lothrop in Division 7 football semifinal


At Fenton

No. 4 Pewamo-Westphalia (13-0/77.333) 30, No. 6 Detroit Loyola (10-3/77.750) 0

> P-W rolls into state title game, 30-0

> Record-breaker Jared Smith one of 47 smiling faces after Pewamo-Westphalia stuns Detroit Loyola


Division 8

2014 champion: Muskegon Catholic Central


> Printable playoff bracket


At Traverse City Central

No. 1 Muskegon Catholic Central (10-2/62.556) 33, No. 2 St. Ignace (11-2/65.764) 20

> Muskegon Catholic outlasts St. Ignace 33-20 to keep dream alive for state title three-peat


At Hazel Park

No. 3 Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (13-0/90.667) 36, No. 10 Ottawa Lake Whiteford (10-3/52.222) 20

> WOLL advances to state title game for first time since 2002

> Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes battles wind, snow to earn a spot at Ford Field



2014 champion: Lawrence


> Printable playoff bracket



Saturday, Nov. 20

At Greenville

No. 1 Powers North Central (13-0/63.111) 58, No. 2 Battle Creek St. Philip (12-1/70.222) 33


> "Xbox" helps Power North Central claim first state title in 58-33 win over St. Philip

> North Central Soars, Scores 1st Football Title

> St. Philip falls short in 8-man title game, 58-33

> St. Philip in football finals for first time since 1985




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