By Greg Gielczyk
HOUGHTON LAKE – Senior tailback Gavin Masse rushed for 268 yards on 21 carries and scored six touchdowns in the Houghton Lake football team’ 54-12 blowout victory over the Sanford-Meridian Mustangs in a Jack Pine Conference game in Houghton Lake on Friday, Sept. 16.
Junior quarterback Jackson Blanchard also threw for one touchdown, a 50-yard strike to junior Seth Brandel, and was 8-of-11 passing for 105 yards overall and gained 89 yards on the ground on eight carries as the Bobcats posted their third straight win, improving their record to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Jack Pine.
Leading the defense were seniors Mitchell Carroll, Alex Stahle and Charles Stockdale each who each had eight tackles. Junior Grant Lubaski contributed seven tackles and junior Austin Walker and Brandle each had five stops.
‘Our defense continues to step up every week,’ Houghton Lake coach Joe Holloway said. ‘Gavin had an incredible game, but he’d be the first to tell you that it was the work done by the linemen up front that opened the holes for him. He’ hard to stop when he gets into the secondary.’
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The Bobcats defeated Beaverton, 22-8 in their Jack Pine Conference debut on Friday, Sept. 9 for their third straight win. Quarterback Jackson Blanchard was 6-of-10 passing for 67 yards and no interceptions and Gavin Masse was 1-of-1 for 28 yards and no picks. Combined the pair was 7-of-11 for 95 yards.
Seth Brandel was the Bobcats’ leading receiver with two catches for 38 yards. Robert Press had 25 yards on two catches, John Steckler had two receptions for 21 yards and Cameron Sidelko hauled in one ball for 11 yards.
Masse continued his torrid pace this season, rushing for 160 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns. Blanchard picked up another 26 on six totes and Robert Press ran the ball four times and gained 22 yards. Mitchell Carroll had nine yards rushing on two touches and Cameron Sidelko had seven yards on two attempts. Houghton Lake had 224 yards rushing overall.
Charles Stockdale and Grant Lubaski led the defense with nine tackles apiece, Shawn Mckinley had eight, Jackson Blanchard and Austin Walker each had five, Mitchell Carroll, Camron Fulco and Alex Stahle four each, Seth Brandel, Austin Land and Gavin Masse three apiece.