Playoff Friday capsules

Three games involving four TCC teams are on tap tonight as the first round of the Michigan High School Football Playoffs begin.

Here’s a look:

Summerfield (5-4) at Morenci (8-1): Morenci is hosting its first playoff game since a 2003 loss to Sand Creek and hopes to win its first playoff game since 2001 against Whiteford. The Bulldogs beat Summerfield 56-0 earlier this season, but the Bulldogs have some weapons in quarterback Zach Philipp (1,600 yards passing), Chase Piorolli (700 yards rushing) and Josh VanKainen (nearly 800 yards receiving).

Lutheran Westland (5-4) at Whiteford (6-3): After losing to Morenci 49-0 in Week 7, the Bobcats were on the brink of not making the playoffs, let alone hosting a game. But, Whiteford responded with a 56-7 win against Madison and roared back in the second half to beat Sand Creek and earn the chance to host tonight’s game. LW has been dealing with injuries for much of the season. Whiteford’s Jesse Kiefer is 88 yards away from becoming Whiteford’s first sophomore to rush for 1,000 yards and first Bobcat to do so since 2006.

Manchester (8-1) at Clinton (9-0): The two schools are only a few miles apart, which is why the state seemingly always pairs them up come playoff time. Clinton opened its season by beating Manchester, just like it did two years ago when Manchester upset the Redskins in the playoffs. Two 1,000-yard rushers in Collin Poore and Matthew Sexton will try and prevent that from happening this time.

All-TCC Football, 2014

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Ryan Karapas QB Clinton Senior
Austin Sandusky RB Morenci Senior
Devon Simmer RB Whitmore Lake Senior
Mathew Sexton RB Clinton Junior
Collin Poore RB Clinton Senior
Josh VanKainen WR Summerfield Junior
Levi Woerner WR Britton Deerfield Senior
Hunter Borton TE Morenci Senior
Shawn Feltz C Morenci Senior
Kevin Kauffman G Whiteford Senior
Nick Stutzman G Morenci Senior
Ethan Vaughn T Clinton Junior
Koty Dillon T Morenci Junior
Torin Merillat K/P Morenci Senior
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
David Chantelois DL Clinton Junior
Austin Vanderpool DL Morenci Senior
Jacob Whaley DL Summerfield Senior
Austin Krueger DL Whitmore Lake Senior
Jason Opel DL Sand Creek Senior
Aaron Fowler DE Clinton Junior
Malachi Hoffman DE Morenci Senior
Keith Rubin ILB Whitmore Lake Senior
Charlie Robertson ILB Sand Creek Senior
Seth Sylvester ILB Clinton Senior
Cole Bischoff OLB Summerfield Senior
Noah Poore OLB Clinton Junior
Nick Pless OLB Morenci Senior
Matt Mueller DB Britton Deerfield Senior
Jared Sackett DB Clinton Senior
Alex Thomas DB Morenci Junior
Bobby Black DB Morenci Senior
John Reditt DB Whiteford Senior
HONORABLE MENTION
Jesse Kiefer Whiteford
Hunter Teunion-Smith Madison
Joe Link Whiteford
Kris Wingerd Whiteford
Aaron Inman Whiteford
Cody Tule Morenci
Austin Cairl Whiteford
Nathan Wingate Whiteford
Tony Trumbull Madison
Jake Becki Whiteford
Donovan Slates Madison
Kolyne Suydam Britton Deerfield
Levi Ladd Summerfield
Erik Bouse Clinton

Clinton, Morenci set numerous league marks

bobby black kick

Clinton (9-0) and Morenci (8-1) will start the state playoffs Friday with home games.

With the TCC season finished, that means the all-out assault on the TCC football record book is over for the season.

Here’s a look at the record book changes with the close of the 2014 TCC football season (records count league games only):

WINNING STREAK: Clinton has won 21 straight TCC games, the second longest streak in league history (Record: Sand Creek won 23 games twice, once from 1991-1994 and once from 2004-2007).

POINTS SCORED BY TEAM, GAME: Clinton’s 77 points in the season finale against Britton-Deerfield set the single game league mark, as did Clinton scoring 63 points in the first half. (Old record: BD, 67 points.)

POINTS SCORED BY TEAM, SEASON: Remarkably, Clinton and Morenci each scored 365 in league games, for an average of 52.1 points a game, both league records. (Old record: Clinton scored 353 points (50.4 ppg) in 2013).

LONGEST RUSHING TOUCHDOWN: Mathew Sexton, Clinton, had a 96-yard run for a TD against Whitmore Lake, tying the league record. (Old record: Brandon Medlen, Summerfield, 2005 vs. Whitmore Lake).

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER POINTS SCORED SEASON: Mathew Sexton scored 110 points during the seven TCC games and Morenci’s Austin Sandusky scored 108. These are good for the eighth- and ninth-best single season scoring marks in league history (Record: Phil McCaskey scored 148 points for Morenci in 1983.)

INDIVIDUAL TOUCHDOWNS SEASON: Austin Sandusky’s 18 TDs in TCC play is tied for fifth all-time. (Record: 21 by Phil McCaskey, Morenci, 1983).

EXTRA POINTS GAME: Clinton’s Erik Brouse kicked 11 extra points in Clinton’s 77-6 win over BD, breaking the league single game record. (Old record: 9 by Jason Sterling, Morenci, 1996; 9 by Bobby Black, Morenci, in Week 5 this season.

KICKING POINTS GAME: By kicking 11 extra points in Week 9, Clinton’s Erik Brouse set the single game TCC record for most kicking points in a league game. (Old record: Matt VanBrandt, Whiteford, 10 points – 7 extra points and 1 field goal, 9-28-90.

ONE-POINT CONVERSIONS, SEASON: Morenci’s Bobby Black was good on 45 extra point attempts this season, a new league record. (Old record: 33 by Black in 2013).

KICKING POINTS, SEASON: Black’s 45 points breaks the league record for kicking points in a season. (Old record: Won Kun Park, Whitmore Lake, 2008, scored 39 kicking points.

CAREER KICKING POINTS: Bobby Black finished his league career with 90 kicking points on 78 extra points and 4 field goals. (Old record: 76 by Fred Kutzke of Whiteford.)

CAREER EXTRA POINTS: Black’s 78 extra points are a career record. (Old record: Jason Sterling, Morenci, had 62 all-time conversions.

FIELD GOALS: Black’s 4 field goals in 2013 tied him for sixth all-time on the list of TCC field goals. (Record: Fred Kutzke of Whiteford and Scott VanDelvde of Sand Creek each kicked 7 career field goals.)

CAREER POINTS: Austin Sandusky shattered this league mark – and two Clinton players surpassed the old record as well. Sandusky finished his career with 258 career points in TCC games. Collin Poore of Clinton scored 238 career points and Mathew Sexton of Clinton has 218 through his junior season. (Old record: 206 by Brandon Medlen, Summerfield).

CAREER TOUCHDOWNS: Sandusky’s 43 career TDs in TCC games is now the league career standard. Poore has 38 and Sexton 36. (Old record: 33 by Mike Relyea, Morenci)

POINTS SCORED GAME: Whiteford’s Jesse Kiefer scored 38 points in Week 8 vs. Madison, second-highest single game total in TCC history. Kiefer scored six touchdowns and had one 2-point conversion. (Record: 42 points (7 TDs) by Nick Wohlfarth of Whiteford.)

Benge to return to Aggie sidelines

Matt Benge – who coached the Aggies into Class C state girls basketball semifinals in 2011 – will return to the sidelines this winter, as he has been named head coach again of the Aggies.

“I felt like I wanted the challenge again,” Benge said. “It’s been a couple of years and when Catherine (Herriman) decided she was not going to do it, I put my name in the hat. I’ve got some girls that I’ve worked with when they were younger, including my daughter, and it was time to come back.”

In his four previous seasons coaching the Aggies, Benge went 73-19, winning Tri-County Conference titles in 2009 and 2011. That 2011 squad won a school-record 24 games, marching all the way into the Class C semifinals.

Herriman has coached the Aggies the last two seasons, going 20-20, overall. She is also the varsity softball coach.

The first official girls basketball practice is Nov. 10.

Clinton, Morenci set TCC scoring mark

Clinton piled up 77 points Friday to set a single game TCC scoring record.

Morenci scored 62 points to finish with 365 points in the 7 TCC games. Clinton also finishes with 365 points in seven league games.

The 365 points are the most by a TCC team in a single season, topping Clinton’s 353 points it scored last season.

Final TCC scores:

Britton-Deerfield BD OPP
Aug. 28 Lenawee Christian 50 21
Sept. 5 Dundee 36 20
Sept. 12 Whit. Lake 0 14
Sept. 19 Whiteford 12 44
Sept. 26 Madison 0 41
Oct. 3 Summerfield 21 42
Oct. 10 Sand Creek 34 41
Oct. 17 Morenci 8 61
Oct. 24 Clinton 6 77
Clinton CLN OPP
Aug. 28 at Manchester 41 19
Sept. 5 Blissfield 0 0
Sept. 12 Whiteford 54 30
Sept. 19 at Madison 64 6
Sept. 26 Whit. Lake 41 0
Oct. 3 Morenci 28 26
Oct. 10 at Summerfield 47 14
Oct. 17 at Sand Creek 54 0
Oct. 24 BD 77 6
Madison MAD OPP
Aug. 28 Southfield Christian 42 0
Sept. 5 Onsted 13 38
Sept. 12 at Morenci 0 48
Sept. 19 Clinton 6 64
Sept. 26 at BD 41 0
Oct. 3 Sand Creek 13 27
Oct. 10 at Whit. Lake 24 28
Oct. 17 at Whiteford 7 56
Oct. 24 Summerfield 20 42
Morenci MOR OPP
Aug. 28 Genessee 56 0
Sept. 5 Hudson 21 16
Sept. 12 Madison 48 0
Sept. 19 at Summerfield 56 0
Sept. 26 at Sand Creek 63 0
Oct. 3 Clinton 26 28
Oct. 10 Whiteford 49 0
Oct. 17 BD 61 8
Oct. 24 at Whit. Lake 62 6
Sand Creek SC OPP
Aug. 28 Reading 7 8
Sept. 5 Stockbridge 20 42
Sept. 12 Summerfield 8 12
Sept. 19 at Whit. Lake 33 19
Sept. 26 Morenci 0 63
Oct. 3 Madison 27 13
Oct. 10 at BD 41 34
Oct. 17 Clinton 0 54
Oct. 24 at Whiteford 14 22
Summerfield SUM OPP
Aug. 28 at Erie Mason 26 19
Sept. 5 Ida 20 41
Sept. 12 at Sand Creek 12 8
Sept. 19 Morenci 0 56
Sept. 26 at Whiteford 18 8
Oct. 3 BD 42 21
Oct. 10 Clinton 14 47
Oct. 17 Whit. Lake 6 13
Oct. 24 at Madison 42 20
Whiteford WHS OPP
Aug. 28 Blissfield 40 12
Sept. 5 at Erie Mason 34 0
Sept. 12 Clinton 30 54
Sept. 19 at Britton-Deerfield 44 12
Sept. 26 at Summerfield 8 18
Oct. 3 Whitmore Lake 38 6
Oct. 10 at Morenci 0 49
Oct. 17 Madison 56 7
Oct. 24 at Sand Creek 22 14
Whitmore Lake WL OPP
Aug. 28 Colon 14 7
Sept. 5 Perry 12 14
Sept. 12 at BD 14 0
Sept. 19 Sand Creek 19 33
Sept. 26 at Clinton 0 41
Oct. 3 Whiteford 6 38
Oct. 10 Madison 28 24
Oct. 17 at Summerfield 13 6
Oct. 24 Morenci 6 62

Final TCC standings

ALL GAMES W L PF PF AVG PA PA AVG
Clinton 9 0 406 58.0 101 14.4
Morenci 8 1 442 49.1 58 6.4
Whiteford 6 3 272 30.2 172 19.1
Summerfield 5 4 180 20.0 233 25.9
Whitmore Lake 4 5 112 12.4 225 25.0
Sand Creek 3 6 150 16.7 267 29.7
Britton-Deerfield 2 7 167 18.6 361 40.1
Madison 2 7 166 18.4 303 33.7
TCC GAMES W L PF PF AVG PA PA AVG
Clinton 7 0 365 52.1 82 11.7
Morenci 6 1 365 52.1 42 6.0
Summerfield 4 3 134 19.1 173 24.7
Whiteford 4 3 198 28.3 160 22.9
Sand Creek 3 4 123 17.6 217 31.0
Whitmore Lake 3 4 86 12.3 204 29.1
Madison 1 6 111 15.9 265 37.9
Britton-Deerfield 0 7 81 11.6 320 45.7