Elite Eight - The Top Eight Performances from the MHSAA Football FinalsFootball  |
1. Rodney Hall – Detroit Cass Tech
After missing last year’s State Championship game, Hall had a performance to remember on Saturday afternoon. The senior quarterback completed 10-of-18 passes for 220 yards and tied a state finals record with five touchdown passes, while also rushing for 66 yards to lead the Technicians to their first title since 2012.
2. Gaetano Vallone – Grand Rapids West Catholic
The Falcons won a fourth consecutive Division 5 state championship on Saturday and their junior quarterback was a big reason why. Vallone threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns on 13-of-20 passing and also rushed for nearly 100 yards and another score to lead West Catholic past Menominee.
3. Bo Bell – Jackson Lumen Christi
Bell has been a workhorse for the Titans all year long and that didn’t change on Friday in the Division 6 state championship game. Bell carried the ball 40 times for 246 yards and a touchdown to help lead Lumen Christi to its first title since 2009. Bell also tallied a 35-yard catch and threw a 32-yard pass in the win.
4 (tie). Sam Neville – Grand Rapids West Catholic
Neville was a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball on Saturday afternoon, recording six catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns on offense, while also tallying two interceptions on defense to help lead the Falcons to a fourth straight state championship.
4 (tie). Donovan Peoples-Jones – Detroit Cass Tech
Peoples-Jones finished Saturday’s Division 1 state championship game with six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the second half as the Technicians widened their lead over Catholic Central.
5. Caden Prieskorn – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
It’s not often that a St. Mary’s quarterback throws for 200 yards, but in Saturday night’s Division 3 State Championship Game, Prieskorn did just that and more. Prieskorn completed 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 200 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winning touchdown pass with just four seconds left to give the Eaglets their fourth straight title.
6. Jesse Scarber – Detroit King
Scarber, playing just his second year of organized football, was one of the key members of a Detroit King defense that pitched a shutout on Friday afternoon. Scarber, a point guard on the basketball team, recorded two interceptions, one that was returned inside the Walled Lake Western 10-yard line and another that he returned for a touchdown to give King a 12-0 lead as the Crusaders went on to win their second straight D-2 title.
7. Derek Saukas – Grand Rapids Catholic Central
In a defensive battle in Friday’s Division 4 Final, Saukas was one of the many defensive standouts from the Catholic Central win. Saukas finished with 13 tackles and two sacks to help pace a Catholic Central defense that didn’t allow a single point in its win over Detroit Country Day.
8. Logan Hengesbach – Pewamo-Westphalia
Hengesbach only caught two passes for 51 yards in the Division 7 final, but both went for touchdowns, including a 37-yard touchdown catch taking the ball away from a defender to help lead the Pirates to a 28-14 win over Detroit Loyola. Hengesbach also recorded a leaping interception down near the P-W goal line to end a potential scoring drive for Loyola.