The Lakeshore Lancers kept their playoff hopes alive after a dominating defensive performance downed the Maroon Giants of Kalamazoo Central 18-7. All 25 game points came off turnovers.
Lakeshore’s defense nearly pitched its second straight shutout until a turnover late in the 4th Quarter provided the Maroon Giants the chance to score on offense deep inside Lakeshore territory. Kalamazoo Central scored on their first play following the turnover to a wide-open receiver for the 38 yard strike making the score 18-7. The Lakeshore offense cashed in on three Kalamazoo Central turnovers—two interceptions caught by Grant Ruddell and one by Jake Trevedi.
Zeke Rohl found running room despite the heavy defensive pressure often pushing and pulling some Giants with him in his 84 yards of running on 20 attempts including two touchdowns. Treyjen Keim rushed three times for 17 yards and Jake Trevedi rushed four times for 14 yards. Jimmy Gillette completed 4 passes on 12 attempts for 22 yards. Ja’Kobe Young caught two passes for 13 yards, Grant Ruddell one pass for 5 yards, and Riley Adams one pass for 4 yards.
Lakeshore finished with 133 net yards of offense while the Maroon Giant finished with 193 net yards.
Grant Ruddell and Jim Gillette helped flip the field as they combined to punt the ball six times for 210 total yards (Ruddell 5 punts—170; Gillette 1 punt—40). The Maroon Giants punted for 132 yards.
Lakeshore (4-4) travels to Mattawan next Friday night looking to improve to 5-4. Mattawan (4-4) rolled Portage Central 35-7 tonight.