Waterford Kettering ended its first season under Head Coach Kyle Schultz on a strong note with a 14-0 win over Dearborn Edsel Ford at home on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Captains (2-7) finished the season by winning two out of its last three games, including a victory over rival Waterford Mott.
The win also stopped Edsel Ford (5-4) from reaching the six-win mark and earning a birth in the state playoffs.
“It was our ability to control the clock on offense, get some timely turnovers, and stopping their running game that was key for us,” Schultz said.
Alec Spurlock scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, while Austin Wood had a 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for Kettering and Danotiss Smith scored on a 2-point conversion.
Jon Scarber also had two interceptions for Kettering, and Randy Bicknell also had an interception.
Spurlock finished with 159 yards rushing, while Wood had 66 rushing yards and Smith had 52 rushing yards.
“Looking back, we ran into a tough part of our schedule, but we ended up finishing strong,” Schultz said. “This is a good step for us and we’re bringing back 18 starters next year.”
Waterford Mott ended its season with a 37-6 victory over Redford Union on the road on Friday, Oct. 19.
The victory snapped a 7-game losing streak for the Corsairs (2-7), who began their season with a victory at Wayne Memorial.
Sophomore quarterback Dakota Kupp completed 18-of-26 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Justice Bolling had 10 catches for 140 yards and three touchdowns in addition to eight tackles at safety.
Freshman quarterback Hunter Schmidt rushed six times for 61 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown.
Junior linebacker Brennan Schneider had 12 tackles to lead Mott’s defense, while Maleek Green had five pass breakups and Josh Payne had five tackles and one sack.
Redford Union finished its season at 3-6.
“It was very exciting, the kids and coaches got along well, and we can see where we were getting better each game,” Mott’s first-year head coach Chris Fahr said.
“The program is in a much better situation than it was 3 months ago. Ninety percent of our staff didn’t know our system in the beginning.”
Fahr added that some coaches have been added to the staff and his returning players are excited to get back in the weight room.
West Bloomfield fell on the road to Farmington Hills Harrison, 48-20, on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Lakers finished the season with a 2-7 record, while Harrison clinched a state playoff berth with a 6-3 record.
Walled Lake Central finished its season with a 40-14 loss at home to Detroit Cody on Friday, Oct. 19.
Nick Krumm scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion for the Vikings, while Zac Goor had a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Vikings finished with a 3-6 record, while Cody clinched a state playoff berth with a 6-3 record.