Entries for '#MHSAAMoments'
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Over the course of nearly 34 years on this job, you often get asked what single championship game you would rank at the top of your list.
You could ask that question to 100 people and get 100 answers – and guess what? They’d all be right. ...Continue Reading
Friday, December 11, 2020
It’s been 45 years since the first MHSAA Football Playoffs took place, a two-week, 16-team tournament with the top teams of each of four regions in all four classes finally settling gridiron championships on the playing field.
In that first year, cries of &ldqu...Continue Reading
Friday, December 4, 2020
Menominee’s march from the southern tip of the Upper Peninsula to Ford Field had some storybook feel about it – a team which overcame injuries – and mixed in a grinder of a Semifinal victory to bring the chants of “U.P. Power” to the ...Continue Reading
Thursday, November 26, 2020
A few weeks back, we highlighted one of two of the “longest play” records in the MHSAA Football Finals where there’s a tie for the top spot – longest rushing play.
Today, we feature the longest kickoff returns in the history of the games.Continue Reading
Thursday, November 19, 2020
The 1996 MHSAA Class C Football Final at the Pontiac Silverdome produced a special teams gem – the longest blocked punt return in the history of the event.
Morenci came to the game owning a piece of football history in Michigan, and found the record book again.Continue Reading
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Lake Linden-Hubbell took advantage of a Mendon miscue in the 1991 MHSAA Class DD Football Final to prevent a potential score and extend its lead at the time with one the longest defensive scoring plays in a championship game.
Lake Linden linebacker Rick Marcotte ran 79...Continue Reading
Thursday, November 5, 2020
In keeping with the theme of 50-yard field goals written in this space earlier this week by MHSAA historian Ron Pesch, let’s take this week’s "Moment" to remember the longest field goal ever in an MHSAA Playoff Championship.
No one has ever gone over 50 yar...Continue Reading
Friday, October 30, 2020
The longest rushing play in the MHSAA Football Finals is one of two marks that has two players tied for the top spot.
Nick Williams of Farmington Hills Harrison originally set the standard in 1994. It took 27 years for the equalizer, when Edwardsburg’s Nick Bradl...Continue Reading
Thursday, October 22, 2020
In every playbook there’s a gadget, a trick play that’s only meant to be used to save the day, to be used at the perfect moment. When they work the way they’re drawn up.
But in this case, it didn’t work the way it was drawn up, and it still...Continue Reading
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Brad Johnson saw the wall and was off to the races.
The star do-everything player for Schoolcraft had already scored one touchdown on the day in the 1988 Class D Football Final against Frankfort at the Pontiac Silverdome, and back in a punt return mode in the second qu...Continue Reading
Thursday, October 8, 2020
A hop and a wave.
That’s what it took for Grand Ledge to pull off the most unlikely of comebacks in the 2000 Division 1 MHSAA Football title game at the Pontiac Silverdome, doing what no team has ever done – scoring two touchdowns during the final minute to...Continue Reading
Thursday, October 1, 2020
A lot of people say in any sport that there’s a play, or a sequence of plays, that swings a game – that locks down the outcome.
You might be able to define “swing” with a defensive red zone stop and the longest pass play in MHSAA Football Finals...Continue Reading
Thursday, September 24, 2020
More than three months had passed since the last time Ky’ren Cunningham had lined up as a receiver for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
But with one last desperate chance to win the Division 3 championship on the line during the 2016 Final, the Eaglets&rsqu...Continue Reading
Thursday, September 17, 2020
In high school football, there are only two plays where you can score a 100-yard touchdown – both by the defense bringing the ball out of the end zone on a turnover.
For Battle Creek Pennfield in the 1991 Class CC Football Playoff Final at the Pontiac Silverdome,...Continue Reading
Friday, May 29, 2020
Justin Glod’s first goal during last season’s Division 1 Final didn’t come until the first few minutes of the second half.
But his second and third goals that afternoon have joined the most memorable in a long line of historic scores for the Bloomfiel...Continue Reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Eric Solberg tied the MHSAA Final record with six goals to set up East Grand Rapids to repeat as Division 2 champion in 2018.
And Chris Owens’ bouncer into the net with 2:04 left in second overtime finished the perhaps unexpected 11-10 Pioneers’ win over Gr...Continue Reading
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
East Grand Rapids had won five straight Division 2 girls lacrosse championships when it met Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood in the Final for the third-straight season June 10, 2017.
The victory wasn’t exactly “sudden” as the Cranes needed nearly ...Continue Reading
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Vander Molen sisters have been constants over Rockford’s record string of seven consecutive Division 1 girls lacrosse championships.
The 2016 Final was the last high school game for oldest sister Alexandra. And middle sister Mekenzie made sure her mento...Continue Reading
Monday, May 25, 2020
Alex Nordstrom had quite a hockey season during the winter of 2015-16, and put a giant exclamation point on the end with his performance during Finals weekend at USA Hockey Arena.
He’d finish his freshman campaign with 33 goals and 26 assists, including a pair of...Continue Reading
Friday, May 22, 2020
The final half-minute of the 2015 Division 2 boys lacrosse championship game played out in an unbelievably similar fashion to the concluding 30 seconds just two seasons before for Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood.
Once again, the Cranes faced a 9-9 tie as they gath...Continue Reading