Local Coverage

Montague stars Drew Collins and Brennan Schwarz each earned first team all-state honors in Divisions 5-6 this week when the teams were announced by the Associated Press, with Walker Martin picking up a second team honor.

CLARE — Up 11 points with Montague holding the ball deep in Glen Lake territory in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s state semifinal contest in Clare, the idea of the Wildcats losing seemed impossible absent some earth-shaking mistake by Montague.

When Montague’s football team takes the field Saturday to face off with Glen Lake in a semifinal showdown, the teams’ first-ever meeting, the Wildcats will be looking at a tough-minded, high-scoring team with a penchant for pulling out close victories.

MONTAGUE — The students' chants of "we're so flashy" told the story Saturday for the Montague Wildcats, who played defense with attitude and abandon in rolling past Sanford Meridian 48-14 for their second straight regional title.

MONTAGUE — Montague looked like the buzzsaw Wildcats’ fans are used to seeing Friday night in its first-round playoff game against Newaygo, dominating on both sides of the ball and rolling to a 55-7 victory.

MUSKEGON — Reeths-Puffer knew its margin for error against a spectacularly impressive Muskegon team was zero. That meant the Rockets’ first drive stalling out around midfield after a promising start was doubly frustrating.

WHITEHALL — The annual White Lake rivalry contest Friday night had its share of wild things happen, as is typical of this series, but in the end the Montague Wildcats earned their expected win, 29-8, over Whitehall to clinch a playoff berth for the 18th time in 19 seasons.