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Recap of Region One’s football action Friday night

Jake Heilman, Sports Editor in Chief

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Region One – District one

Traverse City Trojans 21 – Midland Chemics 13

Midland found themselves on the wrong side of an upset Friday night, falling to the Trojans by eight. This is their second consecutive playoff appearance that is cut down in the pre-district and their first loss to Traverse City Central since 2005. Traverse City picks up their second win in a row, and now moves on to face crosstown conference rival Traverse City West in a TC showdown.

Traverse City West Titans 49 – Midland Dow Chargers 19

After a first half explosion led the Titans to a 30-7 lead, the Chargers couldn’t find their way back out of the hole. Traverse City kept a steady hand on their lead, despite Dow scoring a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. Traverse City ended their night with a touchdown after an interception from their defense. Midland Dow was simply outplayed Friday night.

District Two

Forest Hills Central Rangers 40 – Mattawan Wildcats 14

FHC was all over the field both offensively and defensively in a 26 point throttling of the Wildcats. Three interceptions and a fumble recovery helped the Rangers win the field position battle on just about every single possession, with the offense capitalizing on almost every possession they received. FHC faces Muskegon Mona Shores on Friday in what many call the district to watch in division two.

Muskegon Mona Shores 45 – Portage Central Mustangs 17

Mona Shores continued their dominance, jumping out to an early 31-9 lead and never looking back. The Sailors have now improved to 9-1 for the third time in four seasons and blew up offensively yet again. Another 20 plus victory for Mona puts all nine of their wins at 20 points or more, with their only blemish on the season coming from Muskegon who is arguably the best team in the state in any division.

Friday’s District Final Games:

Traverse City Central Trojans (7-3) at Traverse City West Titans (9-1)

Muskegon Mona Shores Sailors (9-1) at Forest Hills Central Rangers (10-0)

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