Local Sports Journal

FOWLER – A touchdown as time expired in the first half was all Muskegon Catholic Central needed in a 14-0 Division 8 district final over Fowler on Friday.

The Crusaders advance to next week’s game and will face the winner of today’s Mendon-Climax-Scotts game.

After stopping Fowler on downs at the 8 yard line, MCC (8-3) drove 92 yards in less four minutes and scored on a 1-yard plunge by Alex Lewandoski as time expired in the second quarter.

Lewandoski, who finished the game with 154 rushing yards on 19 carries, put Catholic up 14-0 on its second possession of the third quarter, breaking loose for a 70-yard score.

The Eagles would threaten twice in the second half, moving the ball inside the Crusaders 15 yard line, only to be stopped on downs by the MCC defense.

“The defense played an excellent ball game,” Crusaders coach Mike Holmes said. “It was a hard-hitting contest, a tough, well played game.”

MCC finished the game with 327 total yards, 269 on the ground.

Tommy Scott had 74 yards rushing on 15 carries and Zach Campbell added 35 yards on 13 carries.

Campbell also was 4-of-8 through the air for 58 yards and Scott finished with two receptions for 38 yards.

Fowler finished the game with 170 total yards.