By Nathan Dugener

MONTAGUE–Hayden McDonald, an anchor on the offensive and defensive line for the Montague Wildcats, has signed his national letter of intent to continue his football career at the collegiate level. McDonald will pursue an education and continue his football career at Hillsdale College.

Hillsdale is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The Chargers finished last season third in conference play with a 5-3 conference record and 6-6 overall record.

McDonald had an outstanding football career at Montague including starting three years on varsity as the starting center, assisting the offense reach 1,800 rushing yards in a single season, 72 tackles on the defensive end, and eight sacks.

McDonald received tremendous accolades including first team All Conference, All Area, and All State.”

Montague football head coach Justin Dennett had this to say about Hayden, “Hayden was an anchor for us on both offensive and defensive lines,” said Dennett.

“On offense, he was a physical run blocker, leading the way for a rushing attack that totaled 1,800 yards.

“On defense, he single handedly shut down one side of the field, and often drew double teams, which freed up our linebackers,” Dennett said.

“Outside of his dominant play, he was a great leader on and off the field, specifically in the weight room. We’ll miss his play and leadership but look forward to seeing what he can do at the next level.”

Not only was McDonald a dominant football player, he is great in the classroom as well. He has a current GPA of 4.041 and will pursue a major in Sports Management at Hillsdale. Hayden is the son of Matt and Nicole McDonald.