Grass Lake 30, Manchester 22
GRASS LAKE – Trenton Holden rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Carson Farley passed for 219 yards and two scores as Grass Lake defeated Cascades Conference foe Manchester, 30-22, in the first round of the Division 6 state playoffs.
Josh Sherwood got Grass Lake on the board early, returning an interception for a touchdown with 4:18 left in the first quarter. The Warriors led 12-0 after Holden’s first touchdown run but Manchester came right back on a Nick Phillips run to cut the lead to 12-7.
The Warriors, however, scored three times – including a run by Holden and touchdown passes from Farley to Antoni Malinowski (24 yards) and Sherwood (37 yards) for a 30-7 lead.
Manchester (5-5) added two fourth quarter touchdowns.
Grass Lake (9-1) will play Onsted, 28-21 winners over Blissfield, in the District final.
Sand Creek 52, Addison 24
SAND CREEK – The Panthers opening drive was a thing of beauty – 21 plays covering 74 yards and 11:30 of the first quarter, capped off with a Sam Larrowe touchdown.
However, the Panthers gave up 52 points to the home Aggies in the middle two quarters to close the season 7-3. Sand Creek advances in the Division 8 playoffs.
Larrowe and Nathan Rodlund each rushed for more than 100 yards for Addison.
Addison head coach Josh Lindeman told his team, especially the seniors, how proud he was of them for how far they had come as football players.
“In middle school they were 1-11,” Lindeman said. “To see those kids go from those dark days of middle school when they were questioning whether football was for them … to see it come to an end is sad. There are only eight teams in the state of Michigan that don’t end this way, ours just happen to end tonight. It’s tough saying goodbye to those guys.”
Sand Creek improved to 8-2 and will play Lenawee Christian (9-1) in the district final next week.