Saginaw-area football highlights: Dow dominates fourth again in win over Heritage

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Midland Dow enjoys the fourth quarter.

A week after scoring 29 unanswered points in the fourth to beat Bay City Western, Dow scored 13 points in the fourth Friday to beat Saginaw Heritage, 34-21, in a Saginaw Valley League North game.

With the score tied at 21-21 going into the fourth, Dow quarterback Jack Bakus scored on TD runs of 1 and 5 yards to provide the winning margin for the 4-2 Chargers. Bakus finished with 17 carries for 146 yards, completing 8 of 11 passes for 156 yards.

Heritage led 14-7 at halftime behind a 20-yard pass from Braley to Braylon Isom and a 2-yard run by Braley. Dow scored on a 73-yard TD pass from Bakus to Tucker Pomranky, who had five catches for 156 yards. Dow took a 21-14 lead in the third on a 10-yard run by AJ Fang and an 18-yard run by Bakus, but Heritage tied the score on a 36-yard TD pass from Braley to Carrington Pryor going into the fourth quarter.

Braley completed 10 of 18 passes for 123 yards, adding 111 yards rushing on 24 carries. Isom, who had an interception on defense, caught seven passes for 54 yards. Dawson Studebaker led the Dow defense with 11 tackles, with BJ Horn adding 10 tackles.

Freeland’s Bryson Huckeby (1) gets ready to make a pass during a game against Garber on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | Boomer |

Freeland 46, Bay City John Glenn 14

Freeland, coming off its first loss of the season in Week 5 to Frankenmuth, took a 32-0 halftime lead behind quarterback Bryson Huckeby, who threw for a 6-yard TD to Jacob Kundinger to open the scoring. Garrett Pistro followed with a 3-yard TD run to end the first quarter. Nathan Levinson opened the second with a 54-yard TD run, with Huckeby adding TD runs of 38 and 30 yards for a 32-0 halftime lead. Kundinger tacked on a 1-yard TD run in the third, with Ty Fournier scoring the final Freeland TD on a 75-yard kickoff return. Huckeby completed 8 of 9 for 152 yards and a TD, adding four carries for 62 yards. Pistro led the receivers with three catches for 56 yards.

Frankenmuth senior running back Hunter Leddy tries to outpace Goodrich junior defensive back Caden Kolanowski in the first half on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 during the Flint and Genesee Vehicle City Gridiron Classic at Atwood Stadium in Flint. Frankenmuth defeated Goodrich 28-14. (Jake May | May

Frankenmuth 59, Bridgeport 0

Frankenmuth led 42-0 after one quarter and 52-0 at halftime in the TVC East matchup, with Hunter Leddy scoring two rushing touchdowns and one receiving TD. Cole Jankowski opened with a pair of TD passes, a 59-yarder to Leddy and a 35-yarder to Nate Jackson. Cole Lindow ran for a 6-yard TD before Leddy added TD runs of 6 and 54 yards. Sam Barger finished the first-quarter scoring with a 19-yard run. Lindow, who ran just three times for nine yards, opened the second quarter with a 1-yard TD. Seth Malmo, who was 8-for-8 on PATs, kicked a 27-yarder field goal. Hunter Bernthal capped the scoring with a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter. Leddy finished with three carries for 79 yards. The Eagles ran for 288 yards, with no individual getting more than four carries each. Cliff Khalil led Bridgeport with 11 carries for 45 yards and a 21-yard reception. The Frankenmuth defense had 11 tackles for losses, with Brenden Marker and Jake Andrews leading the defense with six tackles each.

Reese senior quarterback Tanner TerBush makes a jump pass during the 27th annual Sugar Bowl against Unionville-Sebewaig on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Reese Elementary School in Reese. (Isaac Ritchey | Ritchey |

Bad Axe 37, Reese 7

Reese’s offense got stuck on seven points in its Greater Thumb West showdown, falling for the first time this season. The Rockets took a 7-6 lead after one quarter when Tanner TerBush hit Damarquss Palmreuter for a 67-yard TD pass. Griffin Gugel’s extra-point kick gave the Rockets the lead. But Bad Axe took a 20-7 lead at halftime and added 17 more unanswered points in the second half for the win.

TerBush completed 12 of 26 passes for 181 yards for 5-1 Reese, including six to Palmreuter for 106 yards. Jacob Rau led the defense with nine tackles.

Alma 28, Essexville Garber 27 (OT)

After an overtime win over Birch Run in Week 5, Essexville Garber couldn’t dodge the OT upset in Week 6. Garber led 21-3 at halftime, with Mason Stambaugh’s 22-yard field goal the lone points for the Panthers. But Sam Rosales hit Delvon Pascoe-Ward for a 9-yard TD, and the Alma defense registered a safety to cut the Garber lead to 21-12 going into the fourth. Stambaugh trimmed the margin to six with a 29-yard field goal before Rosales hit Cade Sutherland with a 9-yard TD pass to tie the game. But Stambaugh missed the PAT, sending the game into overtime.

Alma opened the OT with a 10-yard TD pass from Rosales to Landon Bethka, with Stambaugh kicking the PAT. Garber answered with a touchdown, and the Dukes went for the 2-point conversion and the win behind 300-pound Alex VanSumeren. But Alma’s defense stuffed VanSumeren, who scored the winning TD in the overtime against Birch Run. Rosales completed 20 of 29 passes for 264 yards to lead Alma, including nine passes to Sutherland for 113 yards and six completions to Pascoe-Ward for 91 yards.

Hemlock’s Max Dinninger (17) makes a pass during a game against Millington on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | Boomer |

Hemlock 40, Bullock Creek 26

Robert Knapik ran for three touchdowns to lead Hemlock to the TVC West victory, while Max Dinninger completed a pair of touchdown passes to Jacob Shelagowski and Bryce Murphy. Corbin Larkin added a touchdown run and a 2-point conversion run. Peyton Brooks led Bullock Creek with 137 yards rushing, while Brett Chambers had six solo tackles, four assists, three tackles for loss and one sack.

Luke Saunders starts at quarterback for Breckenridge.

Breckenridge 54, St. Charles 0

Luke Saunders completed 7 of 10 passes for 154 yards and five touchdowns to lead Breckenridge to the Mid-State win over St. Charles. Saunders threw TD passes of 30 (Jacob Gillis), 20 (Jace Horman), 40 (Horman), 5 (Ryan Wolfgang) and 30 (Cramer Laurenz) yards. Laurenz, who ran for 178 yards, added a 24-yard TD run, with Jackson Laubscher and Collin Sitts also running for TDs. Laurenz also led the defense with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Tyler Zelinko led the St. Charles defense with 16 tackles, while Jayden Rodarte gained 41 yards on 13 carries.

Millington’s Issac Slough (12) gets ready to make a pass during a game against Hemlock on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | Boomer |

Millington 48, Michigan Lutheran Seminary 6

Millington clinched its 33rd consecutive winning season, the longest active streak in the state, improving to 6-0. Issac Slough was 10 of 11 for 170 yards, including three TD passes to Jerdannio Bailey covering 13, 40 and 57 yards. Bailey caught five passes for 135 yards. Slough also ran for 68 yards, including a 55-yard TD. Jacob Legue led the Millington runners with four carries for 90 yards, including a 68-yard TD, with Ryan Livingstone and Aaron Gross adding rushing TDs. Leyton Mays and Luke Matusik led the defense with six tackles each. Millington led 35-0 at halftime before Seminary scored on a 4-yard run by Evan Wakefield, who finished with 17 carries for 147 yards.

Davison 62, Saginaw United 0

Former Swan Valley quarterback Braylen Himmelein completed 8 of 9 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns to lead Davison to the SVL South win. United struggled offensively, with John Jackson owning the biggest highlight of the night, catching a 25-yard pass from Dylan Moore.

Durand 42, Chesaning 0

Tyler Sager threw for 178 yards, completing six passes to Reese Greenfelder for 92 yards in the Chesaning loss. Brayden Florian caught three passes for 26 yards, adding seven carries for 53 yards rushing. Conner Qualls led the Chesaning defense with nine tackles.

Caro 54, Vassar 30

Caro earned its first win of the season, rallying behind Riley Parker for the Greater Thumb West victory. Parker ran 11 times for 187 yards and four touchdowns, adding a 14-yard touchdown catch for the Tigers. Jayden Brown ran for 55 yards and a TD, adding a 48-yard TD catch, with Dustin Spencer also running for a Caro TD. Valin Buniack threw for 62 yards and two TDs, while recovering two fumbles on defense. Brown also led the Caro defense with five solo tackles and seven assists. Jaidon Buniack added a fumble recovery and interception for the Tigers.

Ithaca quarterback Bronson Bupp gains yardage in Ithaca’s win over Saginaw Nouvel on Sept. 17, 2021. (Photo and permission from Mike Kolleth)

Ithaca 58, St. Louis 13

Bronson Bupp dominated the TVC West II showdown, running for five touchdowns and throwing for two more in the Ithaca win. Bupp ran 23 times for 250 yards, including TD runs of 2, 70, 10, 10 and 38 yards. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 174 yards, with a 26-yard TD pass to Chad Pratt and an 18-yard TD pass to Ethan Hull, who had five catches for 85 yards. Jackson Conn finished the scoring wit a 22-yard run for Ithaca, which led 26-13 at halftime before outscoring the Sharks, 32-0, in the second half.

Swan Valley coach Kevin Gavenda talks to his players after the Vikings beat Birch Run, 50-32, Friday at Birch Run.

Swan Valley 50, Birch Run 32

Swan Valley’s ground game gained 397 yards, but the Vikings used the pass in the second half to break open a 13-13 halftime tie. Payton Guilbeaux was 4-for-4 for 150 yards, including second-half TD passes to Maxwell Kerby and Drew Kaeckmeister. Swan Valley back Matthew Stark broke open the game in the fourth, running seven times for 158 yards, including TD runs of 73, 51 and 27 yards. Tyler Drain led the Swan Valley runners with 24 carries for 170 yards and two TDs. Kahleel Brown led the Birch Run offense with 136 yardds and two TDs on 15 carroes. Jacen Torres ran for 86 yards and threw for 179, with Cos Davis catching eight passes for 54 yards and a TD.

MORE: Swan Valley goes back to ‘Ground Chuck’ in win over Birch Run

Midland senior quarterback Drew Barrie attempts a pass during a game against Bay City Western on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Western High School in Auburn. (Isaac Ritchey | Ritchey |

Bay City Western 54, Midland High 8

Western scored the first four touchdowns and never let up, crushing Midland High in a SVL North game. After Western took a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, Midland opened the second with a 4-yard TD run by Drew Barrie, with Barrie throwing a 2-point conversion pass to Jalen Brown. But Western scored 22 more points in the second quarter for a 46-8 halftime lead. Brown ran 18 times for 111 yards to lead the Chemics, with Barrie running 22 times for 47 yards. Jason Davenport caught four passes for 48 yards, and Zion Douglas had five tackles on defense. Joey Wiedyk led Western with 227 yards on just eight carries.

MORE: Bay City Western recovers from loss to stun Midland

Mount Pleasant 37, Bay City Central 6

Mount Pleasant improved to 6-0 with the SVL North win, taking a 21-0 halftime lead. Max Humphrey ran for two touchdowns for the Oilers, with Ryan McIntyre throwing two TD passes.

Gladwin 73, Shepherd 0

Jude Moeggenborg completed 10 of 28 passes for 85 yards in the Jack Pine Conference loss. Chris Weekley led the Shepherd defense with seven tackles, followed by Kaleb Griffin with six against the Flying G’s, who led 60-0 at halftime.

Saugatuck 47, Coleman 6

Conner Schrank carried 24 times for 154 yards, adding two receptions with seven tackles on defense for Coleman, which trailed 27-6 at halftime before getting shut out in the second half. Ty Klopf completed 12 of 20 passes for 123 yards, including a 3-yard TD pass to Ayden Ruhle, who caught four passes for 47 yards. Konner Carbeno led the defense with nine tackles.

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