Finishing in the top two spots in the West Michigan Conference proved fruitful for Montague and Whitehall football players this season, as a slew of them received all-WMC first team honors.
MUSKEGON — Montague carried the size advantage into Friday’s district championship game at Muskegon Catholic, and the Wildcats flexed that advantage early and often, pounding the Crusaders 36-7 to earn their fourth straight district trophy.
WHITEHALL — The Whitehall Vikings were looking to pick up their first football district championship since 2014 Friday night at home, but fell short to Forest Hills Eastern, losing the battle 41-13.
The MHSAA announced Friday afternoon that the state 11-player football finals will be held at Ford Field, as usual, the weekend of Dec. 4-5.
MONTAGUE — Montague routed Clare last Saturday in a battle of unbeatens, 50-7, to advance to another battle of unbeatens at Muskegon Catholic next week.
WHITEHALL — Visiting Coopersville played its game to near-perfection in the first half Friday night — keep the ball away from Whitehall and hang on tight. However, the Vikings played their game just as well in the second half, scoring 20 unanswered points after the break to defeat the Bronco…
WHITEHALL — Whitehall submitted a complete performance Friday night in a 46-8 beating of Fruitport to open its playoff run. It marked, in coach Tony Sigmon’s estimation, the first time all year his team had played its best game in each phase of the game.
MONTAGUE — Montague overwhelmed Hart Friday night in its playoff opener, ringing up a 75-0 victory over the Pirates. It was the most points Hart has surrendered since Ravenna dumped 77 points on the Pirates in 2009.
The three area schools officially learned their first-round playoff football opponents Sunday afternoon when the MHSAA posted pairings to its website.
MONTAGUE — Montague took a half to get going Saturday afternoon against North Muskegon, but once it did, the Wildcats were off and running — or more like off and throwing.