West Catholic And Zeeland West Win Football State Championships
Saturday was a successful day for West Michigan high school football teams at the state championships in Detroit!
The Division 5 championship game featured West Catholic against Menominee.
West Catholic and Menominee seemed evenly matched as the game was tied 7-7 at the half.
A turning point came in the third quarter when West Catholic turned a fake field goal into a long touchdown and took a 14-7 lead.
West Catholic added two more touchdowns to take a 27-7 lead.
The final score was 27-14.
This was West Catholic's second straight year in the Division 5 championship game. Last year, West Catholic lost to Portland 12-9.
West Catholic won the Division 5 championship in 2010 beating Olivet 42-26.
The Division 3 championship featured Zeeland West against DeWitt.
Zeeland West leaned on their dominate running game as they have all season.
Zeeland West seemed in control for most of the game, yet DeWitt was set to have a chance to tie or win the game in the final seconds.
With 42 seconds left and a 34-27 lead, Zeeland West punted for the first time in the game and one of the few times all season.
DeWitt was called for roughing the punter allowing Zeeland West to keep the ball, run out the clock, and win the game.
The win is the third football state championship in Zeeland West's short history. They also won in 2006 and 2011.
Congrats to West Catholic and Zeeland West!