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The Top Eight Performances from this weekend's Football Finals
8. Casey Brinks, Zeeland West QB
While Brinks didn’t have the biggest statistical game, even for his own team, on Friday night, but Brinks did a little bit of everything for the Dux to lead his team to its second title in three years. Brinks rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown, threw for over 100 yards, completing 4-of-4 passing and also registered two interceptions and a breakup to lead Zeeland West to a convincing win over Flint Powers.
7. Walker Christoffersen, Muskegon Catholic Central RB/DB
In what was a defensive battle, Christoffersen was one of only a few players in the Division 8 championship game who found success on offense as the junior rushed for 122 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, against a high-powered Waterford Lakes team, Christoffersen registered two interceptions as a part of a defense that put together an impressive shutout performance as Muskegon CC won its third straight state title.
6. Antoine Burgess, River Rouge QB
If it wasn’t for the record breaking performance by Armani Posey on Friday, Burgess would have his name in the record book despite River Rouge’s loss to West Catholic. Burgess finished with 354 yards passing and three touchdowns and also rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
5. Ozzy Corp, Ishpeming QB
Corp helped lead Ishpeming to its third Division 7 state title in four years as the senior signal caller rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries and also threw for 77 yards on Saturday morning to lead the Hematites back from an early 16-0 deficit to Pewamo-Westphalia.
4. Jake Smith, Ithaca QB
After totaling just 67 yards of offense in the first half against Clinton, Smith came alive in the second half, finishing the game with 140 yards rushing on 25 carries and throwing for 180 yards and four total touchdowns to lead the Yellowjackets to their fifth state championship in six years.
3. Brad Tanner, Romeo WR/RB
Tanner capped off a memorable playoff run with a strong showing in the Division 1 state championship game to lead Romeo to its first title in school history. Tanner finished with 130 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but it was the timing of the touchdowns that proved to be crucial for the Bulldogs as he scored the first and last touchdowns of the game to hold off Cass Tech on Saturday.
2. Donnie Corley, Detroit King WR
Everyone who watched Friday’s Division 2 state championship game will remember Corley’s game-winning catch, which won the state title for the Crusaders with no time left on the clock. But don’t forget the second half that Corley put together to help get King into position to have a chance to win. After making just one catch for seven yards in the first half, the Hungry Howie’s Mr. Football Finalist erupted in the second half, as he finished with six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
1. Armani Posey, Detroit King QB
Armani had a performance for the ages on Friday afternoon, not only did the quarterback throw the game-winning touchdown pass to Corley, but Posey re-wrote the record books against Lowell in the Division 2 state championship game. Posey finished the game with a state record 383 yards passing and five touchdowns, completing 19-of-27 passes and also added a rushing touchdown. Oh, and Posey also collected 10 tackles on defense to help lead the Crusaders to their first title since 2007.