Schoolcraft claimed both parts of a varsity doubleheader at home Friday, defeating Delton Kellogg 71-33 in boys action and 58-40 in girls play. The Eagles took their first SAC Valley division contests with big scoring efforts from Lydia Goble and Trenton Lomason, getting 28 and 23 points, respectively.
The boys game was never in doubt, with a 26-6 score by the end of the first quarter and a 51-16 mark at halftime. Lomason, a transfer over the summer from Vicksburg, hit seven three-pointers. Kobe Clark and Riley Piper both scored 12 points. Delton Kellogg’s best was 11 by Josh Lyons. It was Schoolcraft’s first game of the season, meanwhile DK drops to 0-2.
The Panthers opened the girls game with a three-pointer, then surrendered a 10-0 run to Schoolcraft. Delton Kellogg got back within four by the end of the first quarter and briefly reclaimed the lead in the second, but the Eagles carried a 27-15 advantage into halftime. The Panthers narrowly won the third quarter 19-16, but Schoolcraft put the contest out of reach in the fourth.
Goble’s 28 point effort featured six three-pointers. Kennedy Leighton added 12 in the victory. Lillian Howard topped Delton Kellogg with 13 points. Schoolcraft’s girls improve to 4-0 with Delton Kellogg dropping to 2-1.
Both the Delton Kellogg boys and girls return to action at Hackett Catholic next Friday. The Schoolcraft girls hope to avenge their volleyball regional final defeat Tuesday at Bronson. The Eagle boys and girls both host Lawton Friday.
Listen back to Friday’s games below:
SCHOOLCRAFT GIRLS SCORING: Lydia Goble 28, Kennedy Leighton 12, Gabi Saxman 9, Anna Schuppel 4, Adrienne Rosey 3, Olivia Ingle 2
DELTON KELLOGG GIRLS SCORING: Lillian Howard 13, Caylin Lopez 7, Abby Howard 6, Erin Kapteyn 5, Sam Mohn 3, Emily Shepard 2, Victoria Green 2, Lexi Parsons 2
SCHOOLCRAFT BOYS SCORING: Trenton Lomason 23, Kobe Clark 12, Riley Piper 12, Jakob Huysken 9, Bryce VanderWiere 6, Austin Webb 4, Brice Walther 3, Brady Flynn 2
DELTON KELLOGG BOYS SCORING: Josh Lyons 11, Shane Reinhart 8, Cole Pape 7, Brock Pape 2, Alex Diggs 2, Joel Lopez 2, Cameron Rasler 1
Listen live online Friday on the Slocum Sports Network to boys and girls varsity basketball as the Schoolcraft Eagles host the Delton Kellogg Panthers. On both sides, it is the first test of the season within the always strong Southwestern Athletic Conference (SAC) Valley division. The girls varsity is scheduled for a tip-off around 6 p.m. with the boys to follow around 7:30 p.m.
Both girls teams are unbeaten on the young season with Schoolcraft at 3-0 and Delton Kellogg at 2-0. For the Eagles, they’ve won their games by 18, 18, and 19, trying to build off the 20-6 state quarterfinal run of last season. Delton Kellogg took their opening games by 25 and 19. Although the Panther girls were 8-13 last season, each of their all-SAC selections from last season return.
On the boys side, Delton Kellogg is 0-1, dropping their opener 64-39 Tuesday against a very strong Wyoming Kelloggsville team. For Schoolcraft, Friday’s game will be their debut. Both teams will need to replace more than two-thirds of their scoring output from last season. The Panthers finished 14-8 in 2016-17, the Eagles went 22-2.
The Schoolcraft boys and girls both swept Delton Kellogg last season. The Eagle boys rolled the Panthers 88-48 the first time, followed by a 69-29 score in the rematch. The girls saw a 62-31 Schoolcraft win in game one and a 48-30 score in game two. Delton Kellogg last beat Schoolcraft in girls play on February 17, 2015. For the boys, Schoolcraft has won 19 consecutive meetings according to scores available back to the 2008-09 campaign.
The Watervliet Panthers claimed their third district football title in nine years Friday, winning a wild one at home over Delton Kellogg, 58-50. The game saw similarities to their 58-44 week six battle, which was 30-30 at halftime compared to this game’s 30-29 halftime score.
After forcing Delton Kellogg to punt on their opening drive, Watervliet quarterback Zack Pickens found a 52-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Kieft and a two-point pass to Garrett Matthews for an 8-0 lead. DK got a big pass of their own only a few plays later as Josh Lyons found a wide open Max Swift for a 55-yard score. The extra-point kick made it 8-7 midway through the first quarter.
Watervliet’s second drive led to a second touchdown, a 59-yard passing score from Pickens to Trent Boone. A failed two-point try put the score at 14-7, where it stayed until early in the second. Delton Kellogg put together an 11-play, 69-yard drive and scored on a fourth and goal with a one-yard Swift rush, tying the game at 14-14.
Watervliet scored again quickly, using a screen pass to Kieft for a 73-yard score. A two-point pass to Matthews pushed it to 22-14 with 8:33 in the second. DK responded with a 41-yard Swift rushing touchdown and used a trick pass to the long snapper Ethan Reed for the two and a 22-22 tied game.
The next Watervliet drive had a rarity, a Watervliet turnover. Pickens fumbled with Lyons recovering the ball at the DK 20. Four plays later, a 65-yard Swift run gave Delton Kellogg their first lead with 1:43 before halftime, 29-22. The big-play Watervliet offense struck back 49 seconds later on a 26-yard pass from Pickens to Matthews. They hooked up again for the two for a 30-29 Watervliet lead.
A great kick return by Lyons put DK 35 yards from the end zone with 45 seconds to work with. They made it as close as the eight and had one last shot at the end zone before halftime, but Lyons was intercepted at the goal line by Pickens, keeping the halftime score 30-29.
Watervliet started with the ball in the third but quickly lost it on a fumbled exchange, recovered by Tyden Ferris. Watervliet then evened the takeaway battle with the biggest one of the night, as linebacker Anthony Wade ripped the ball out of the hands of Alex Diggs and took it 80 yards to the end zone.
“Just to rip the ball out of the dude’s hands, it took a lot out of me, but I had to do it for the team, I had to fight it out,” said Wade after the game. The score, plus the two-point conversion, put Watervliet ahead 38-29.
Delton Kellogg responded with an 11-play, 76-yard scoring drive capped off with a one-yard Swift rush. Their two-point try failed, putting the score at 38-35 with 2:05 remaining in the third. Before the end of the frame, Watervliet was back up by two scores with an eight-yard pass from Pickens to Matthews. The two-point toss to Kieft gave Watervliet a 46-35 lead entering the fourth quarter.
DK was stopped on a turnover on downs and Watervliet took a three-possession lead with an 18-yard pass from Pickens to Jakob Aldrich. A failed two-point try put the score at 52-35 with 7:15 remaining. Delton Kellogg wouldn’t go down without a fight, scoring less than two minutes later on a 35-yard Lyons rush. He added another two on the ground and got the score to 52-43.
Watervliet kept the game out of reach with an 11-yard Pickens rushing touchdown with 2:15 remaining for a 58-43 score after a failed two-point try. Delton Kellogg had one last gasp, scoring with 11 seconds remaining on a 31-yard pass by Lyons to Anton Blomgren. DK couldn’t get the ball back on the kickoff, putting the final tally at 58-50.
Unofficially, Pickens was 16-17 passing for 390 yards and six touchdowns, his first career game with six passing TDs. He added 109 rushing on 22 attempts and a touchdown. Kieft had nine grabs for 232 yards and two scores.
“We have a wealth of talent at the skill positions right now,” said Watervliet coach Jeremy Andrews. “Anybody who has seen Zack throw the football knows that he can throw. He throws an absolutely beautiful ball, highly catchable. And our receivers made some big plays tonight.”
For Delton Kellogg, Swift finished with 187 rush yards on 17 attempts with three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown, plus easily double-digit tackles defensively. Lyons was 3-5 passing for 93 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He rushed for 89 yards.
Delton Kellogg finishes the season at 6-5. Watervliet improves to 11-0 and will play in the Regional final for the third time in nine years. They meet defending Division 6 state champion Jackson Lumen Christi, who ended their 2016 campaign in the Pre-District round 55-28.
“We’ve got to play the 11 guys on the field, not the name on the jersey and the mystique. We don’t have to beat their history and their pedigree,” said Andrews. “I said at the beginning of season, I think that we’re good as anybody and if we play well, we can win every game. I believe that, absolutely 100 percent going into next week.”
Watervliet and Lumen Christi’s Regional final will be played at Watervliet with the date and time to be announced. Watervliet has only made it past the Regional final once before, making it to the 1979 state championship. You can listen to the Regional final next week live online on the Slocum Sports Network.
Listen back to the District final below:
Listen live online Friday night on the Slocum Sports Network to a MHSAA Division 6 District football final between Watervliet and Delton Kellogg. Both teams are the Panthers, both wear maroon, both are in the SAC Lakeshore division, and both have been hot since their week six meeting.
Back on September 29, Watervliet won at Delton Kellogg 58-44 to lock Watervliet into the playoffs at 6-0 and putting DK in danger at 2-4. The 14-point margin remains the closest anyone has come this season to beating Watervliet, who is now 10-0. Since allowing 44 in that game, their worst defensive effort of the year, Watervliet has allowed 52 combined points over their last four games, including their first shutout last week in their playoff opener against Schoolcraft. On the year, Watervliet is averaging 51.4 points per game while allowing 20.5.
Following the Watervliet loss, Delton Kellogg’s only hope at the postseason required a 3-0 finish against Kalamazoo United, Coloma, and Constantine. DK did just that, winning 35-32, 23-20, and 40-7, giving them enough playoff points to enter the field at 5-4. Delton Kellogg then had their most dominant performance yet in last week’s Pre-District win at Parchment, destroying those Panthers 57-0 to move to 6-4 on the year. DK is averaging 34.1 points per game while allowing 26.9.
Watervliet and Delton Kellogg were tied 30-30 at halftime in their week six encounter, but Watervliet was able to pull away in the second half. Watervliet quarterback Zack Pickens threw for 398 yards and five touchdowns, while also rushing for three scores and 103 yards.
Watervliet is in the playoffs for the eighth time in nine years, although only twice in that stretch have they won their District final and both times, they were then stopped in the Regional. Delton Kellogg is in the postseason for the second time in the last three seasons, although they had a 13-year playoff drought prior to 2015. DK has made it to the Regional round only once ever, back in 1987 and their Parchment win last week was their first playoff victory since 2000 and only third ever playoff victory.
Prior to Watervliet joining the SAC in 2015, these schools had never played in football. Watervliet has won all three previous meetings. If Watervliet is victorious, they would host either defending state champion Lumen Christi (8-1) or Michigan Center (9-1) in the Regional final. If Delton Kellogg wins, they would be on the road.