Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
Drew Couturier 5-9 150 Jr WR Allendale: Allendale can get enough Couturiers. While Nate is now at Davenport, younger brother Drew is keeping up the family tradition of big-time talent in a small package. In a 42-20 win over Hamilton, he caught nine passes for 295 yards and five TDs. Couturier also returned a kickoff for a TD and made two interceptions.
Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week
Christian Boyd 6-2 270 Sr DL Mona Shores: As sexy as their offense can be, Mona Shores can get it done on the other side of the ball, as well. It starts up front with Boyd at defensive tackle, sucking in blockers and letting the Sailors’ athletes go to work behind him. Mona won at Caledonia 30-7, despite losing QB Tyler Trovinger to a shoulder injury, as they didn’t allow an offensive touchdown.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Chris Kowalski 5-11 195 Sr LB/RB Harbor Springs: Harbor Springs, now 3-1, is a ranked team this season for the first time in the LMFR’s four-year history, thanks to players like Kowalski who returned an interception for a TD in the Rams’ 38-0 win over Suttons Bay. Kowalkski is also a standout running back for Harbor.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week
Brent Murray 5-11 195 Sr RB Petoskey: We’ve been touting Murray for awhile, but he topped even our expectations in his most recent outing. In P-town’s 27-9 win over TC West, he carried the ball 28 times for a school-record 367 yards and three TDs. The previous record was 345 yards by Warren Gero against Cadillac in 2007.
Lake Area Coach of the Week
Ralph Munger, Rockford: Since coming to Rockford from Frankenmuth in 1992, Munger has established Rockford, year in and out, as the top Division 1 program in the Lake Area, the dominant program in the rugged O-K Red. The Rams’ shutout of Grandville was the 300th win of Munger’s career.