Local Sports Journal

Mona Shores took another step closer to a playoff berth with a 61-20 beating of Zeeland East on Friday.

But the O-K Black Conference win is really what matters to the Sailors.

“I know the playoffs are a huge talk but we want to fight for the O-K Black (championship),” said Mona Shores coach Matt Koziak, whose team improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. “You look at the O-K Black last year and four teams made the playoffs, but only one team won the Black.”

DeOntay Moffett started off the scoring for Mona Shores with a 16-yard TD run in the first quarter. Darece Roberson followed in the second quarter with a three-yard scoring run.

Tyree Jackson added a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, then completed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Broersma, putting the Sailors up 26-12 at the half.

The second half was all Mona Shores as Jackson connected again with Broersma on a 7-yard scoring pass, Matt Schuiteman took a Jackson pass 50 yards for a touchdown, and Roberson added his second score from 16 yards out.

Mona Shores’ Tyler Trovinger tallied the biggest run of the night, breaking free for an 82-yard touchdown run. Elijah Wilson capped off the scoring for Mona Shores with a 16-yard fumble return touchdown.

Jackson was 6-of-10 passing for 185 yards and had 50 yards rushing on eight attempts.

Schuiteman led the Sailors on the ground with 111 yards on 16 carries and also posted three catches for 82 yards. Roberson finished with 60 yards rushing on seven carries.

Broersma had 43 yards receiving on a pair of catches while Moffett had a 60-yard reception.

Mona Shores now heads to Reeths-Puffer next week for an O-K Black showdown, which the Rockets have won the last two seasons.