Shiawassee County area teams continued to impress in Week 2 of the high school football season, with six area teams winning their Thursday night games. Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, and New Lothrop, went to 2-0 for the season, while Ovid-Elsie and Perry bounced back to even their records at 1-1. Owosso, Byron, Morrice, and Chesaning all lost tough contests, with Owosso falling to 0-2 and the others to 1-1.   New Lothrop began a new winning streak with a 56-0 win on the road against Burton Bentley, as the team continues its journey to better last year’s 12-game winning streak that was snapped in the state semifinals. Erik Birchmeier again led the team from the quarterback position, but the Hornets produced a balanced performance that saw seven players score touchdowns. Birchmeier completed all four of his passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 42 yards and two more touchdowns. Luke Krupp was the team’s leading rusher, with 55 yards, and receiver, with 100 yards, and he also caught one of Birchmeier’s touchdown throws. Tyler Ruddy contributed 48 rushing and a touchdown, Mason Ruddy added 43 rushing yards and a touchdown, Nathan Ide and Colin Mucahy added rushing touchdowns, and Brayden Bitterman was the recipient of Birchmeier’s other touchdown pass. Ben Bigelow led the hornets in tackles with 6.5.

Laingsburg also pushed its record to 2-0 with a 37-26 win at Fulton. Quarterback Nick Putnam completed 21 of 25 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns, and he rushed for another for good measure. Putnam completed multiple passes to six different receivers, though Jordan Jones was Putnam’s favorite for the game, hauling in eight catches for 159 yards and a touchdown. Nate Mentus added two receiving touchdowns to go with his 82 yards on three catches, Lucas Fraidenburg recorded a rushing touchdown for the Wolfpack, as well as his three receptions, Avery Alana had three catches, Aaron Rutilla had two catches, and Tommy Austin had two catches. Rutilla was the team’s leading rusher with 50 yards. The defense was led by Austin’s 9.5 tackles, followed by John Fortino’s seven tackles, Hunter Blaski’s 5.5 tackles, and Fraidenburg’s five tackles.

Corunna also won its second consecutive game to open the season, this time at home against Swartz Creek. The Cavaliers jumped out to a 25-0 halftime lead and won the game 31-8. The Dragons of Swartz Creek did a decent job of holding Corunna quarterback Jerod Fattal in check, but running back Owen Walter shredded the defense for 211 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Walter only carried the ball eight times, but his 26.4 yards per rush was a huge factor in the game. Fattal did pass for 97 yards and a touchdown, to Ethan Quinn, and he accumulated a lofty 135.4 quarterback rating for the game. Dylan Briggs and Zach Sawyer also scored touchdowns for the Cavaliers. The Corunna defense again put forth a solid effort, limiting the Dragons to only eight points with a balanced effort. Linebacker Marcus Jablonski led the defense with seven tackles, followed by Chris Wooley and Dylan Briggs with six each, and Luke Cortez and Jaron VanFleteren with five apiece.

Ovid-Elsie bounced back in Week 2 with a 37-6 win against Pinconning. The team’s balanced offensive effort included 35 yards passing and a touchdown by quarterback Gage Palus, and 44 yards and a touchdown by quarterback Jericho Herblet. Running backs Jordan Post and Kaynen Crumbaugh each ran for 44 yards and a touchdown, while receivers Carson Vincent and Wes Houska each receiving touchdowns. Herblet was the team’s leading tackler with five, Liam Thompson added four tackles, and Vincent picked off two Pinconning passes for the defense. The star of the evening, however, may have been Evan Morris, who returned the opening kickoff in the second half 77 yards for a touchdown, and he also kicked a 50-yard field goal.

The Durand Railroaders moved its record to 2-0 (1-0 in the Genesee Area Conference Blue Division) with a 60-20 win at Genesee. The team has opened the season with two wins for the first time since 2004, as it continues its quest to make the playoffs after going 0-9 in 2015. The Railroaders rushed for an amazing 623 yards against Genesee, with Remi Wurtz leading the charge. Wurtz ran for 312 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, and David Baker added 206 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.

Perry bounced back in a big way in Week 2, beating the Dearborn Heights Star International Academy 66-0 to even its record at 1-1.

Byron lost a tough matchup at home against Flint Hamady in Week 2, 32-8, to drop to 1-1 on the season. Morrice and Chesaning also fell in Week 2, Morrice losing 30-18 to Lawrence, and Chesaning falling to Feeland 41-18. Owosso lost its second straight game of the season, coming up short against Ionia 34-13. Quarterback Nathan Nicevski led the Trojans with 77 passing yards and 106 yards rushing, Andrew Convery rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown, and Drake Nover had six receptions for 64 yards.

Football Week 2 was last modified: September 12th, 2016 by Karen Elford