By John Karafa and Greg Wickstrom

Muskegon Catholic made an early fourth-down stop before quarterback Elliot Riegler took the ball 27 yards for a touchdown.

From there, the Crusaders never looked back in a 54-6 win over Delton-Kellogg in a Division 7 matchup at MCC Kehren Memorial Stadium.

“Once you had a lead you know you are going to win, you want to keep people healthy,” Muskegon Catholic coach Steve Czerwon said.

Delton then fumbled its second possession away to Muskegon Catholic’s Sam Convertini at the 19-yard line. A play later, Joe Waller ran those 19 yards for another touchdown.

Waller would score one more time, on a 1-yard run, before halftime while Riegler threw a 40-yard touchdown to David Hill.

In the second half, freshman Bryan Convertini ran for a five-yard touchdown and then one more score before the Crusaders’ Tramel Caviness, a freshman, recovered a fumble in the end zone to finish the scoring.

Convertini had 73 rushing yards on six carries.

“Bryan Convertini gave us some valuable carries in the second half,” Czerwon said. “I have a lot of confidence in him. Even though he is a freshman, he did a really nice job for us.”

The Panthers’ lone score came on a 5-yard run from quarterback Torren Mapes.

Riegler was 5-for-6 for 98 yards passing while Hill had 57 yards on two catches and Sam Convertini had 43 yards on two receptions.

Defensively, Nick Powell led Muskegon Catholic with six tackles while Sam Kartes had five.

Delton-Kellogg’s Mason Nabozny led the team with 60 yards on 12 carries.

Muskegon Catholic will play Ravenna next week.

Check out photos from the Crusaders’ win, shot by Tim Reilly.