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Grand Rapids Catholic Central Punches Ticket to Ford Field

Grand Rapids Catholic Central will be returning to Ford Field for another run at a state title in what has become a bit of an annual tradition for the Cougars.

Unity Christian proved to be no match for GRCC and the Cougars dominated from start to finish en route to a 56-17 victory.

Unity Christian went into the half with at least some modicum of hope as senior kicker Grant Balcer booted a huge 48-yard field goal as time expired and the ball crossed just past the middle of the crossbar into the wind.

Sophomore QB Joe Silveri and Junior wide receiver Jace Williams connected on several leaping catches on deep balls on an afternoon where Silveri rushed for 4 tds and passed for another. GRCC advances to the division 4 state championship game next Saturday against Detroit Country Day. One thing is for certain: Country Day will be in a fight with an absolute juggernaut.

Kent City Football Faces Northpointe Christian in Battle of 6-3 Teams

The Eagles will take the gridiron in Kent City at Ward Memorial Field at least one more time in the 2019 season as they face off against the Mustangs of Northpointe Christian HS. Both teams enter the contest with identical records at 6-3 and the only mutual opponent being Calvin Christian HS, which Kent City beat most recently 62-14 on October 18 and Northpointe handled convincingly on September 20th with a nearly identical score of 59-14. Each team will be relying on a strong host of senior-laden run-first backfields with QBs Drew Wurn (NPC) & Eli Carlson (KC) and RBs Josiah Dooley (NPC), Jake Shepherd (NPC), Dolan Bair (KC) and Max Hudson (KC) hoping to keep their senior seasons going deep into November.

That is where the similarities end for these two teams. Kent City is under the helm of fourth year coach, Bill Crane, while Northpointe has found its way back to the playoffs under first year coach, Brian Haveman. This marks only the second time in four years that Northpointe has made it to the post-season while Kent City marks their fourth such trip in as many years.

Following massive success in the mid-2000s, the Chargers have struggled in recent years, posting just above a .500 record during that time. Coach Haveman hopes this season will be the start of a new tradition in Northpointe football.

Kent City’s losses this season came at the hands of 9-0 Muskegon Orchard View, and 6-3 Morley-Stanwood & 6-3 Grant HS. Northpointe’s losses came against 9-0 Niles-Brandeywine HS, 8-1 Adrian-Lenawee Christian and 6-3 Centreville.

Both teams take the field at Ward Memorial Field in Kent City, MI this Friday at 7pm. Good luck to both teams. Tickets are available for pre-sale at both high schools for $6.