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Elite Eight - The Top Eight Performances from the third round of the MHSAA Football Playoffs

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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1. Donovan Johnson – Cass Tech

Johnson was the definition of unstoppable on Friday night, rushing for a whopping 285 yards on just 13 carries, while also finding the end zone four times and is the biggest reason as to why the Technicians are still alive in the MHSAA Playoffs.

2. Connor Hibbard – Saline

Hibbard was the driving force for what was very nearly the biggest upset of Round three of the playoffs, putting together an unbelievably impressive performance going up against a stout Detroit Cass Tech defense, rushing for 211 yards on 25 carries and scoring five touchdowns to pace the Hornet offense.

3. RaShawn Allen – Orchard Lake St. Mary's 

Allen was the definition of a workhorse on Friday night, carrying the ball 36 times and rushing for 186 yards to go along with three touchdowns to help lead the Eaglets to a comeback win over DeWitt to advance to the Division 3 semifinals.

4. Mason Powell – LeRoy Pine River

Powell was unstoppable on Saturday afternoon, rushing for 210 yards and three touchdown runs, including runs of 64 yards and 65 yards, on just 12 carries to pace the offensive attack for the Bucks. Powell also threw a touchdown pass as well to help lead Pine River to their first semifinal in school history.

5 (Tie). Jaeveyon Morton – Detroit King

While Ambry Thomas gets the vast majority of attention from opposing defenses, Morton has quietly had a strong season in 2016 and it continued on Saturday afternoon. Morton only tallied four catches, but finished with 148 yards receiving and two touchdowns to help lead the Crusaders advance to the Division 2 semis once again.

5 (Tie). Kevin Willis – Detroit King

Willis has been one of the most steady running backs in the entire state this season and came up with a huge performance in Saturday’s win over Bedford, rushing for 193 yards on 25 carries, leading the Crusaders to a regional title.

6. Theo Day – Divine Child

Day has established himself as not only one of the elite quarterbacks in the state, but in the entire country and Friday night was a perfect example of why. Day completed 14-of-20 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Divine Child offense and also made a clutch, game-clinching interception on defense to send the FALCONS to the semifinals.

7. Jack Provencher – Utica Eisenhower

Provencher rushed for 149 yards on 15 carries and found the end zone four times on Friday night, helping lead the Eagles to yet another blowout win on Friday night as Eisenhower advances to the Division 1 semifinals for the first time since 2011.

8. Bo Bell – Jackson Lumen Christi

Bell did it all in Saturday’s regional final win over Napoleon, rushing for 146 yards, while also tallying 84 receiving yards and four total touchdowns, all of which came in the first half as the Titans cruised their way to a Regional Final win.