Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
Kalil Pimpleton 5-7 185 Jr QB Muskegon: He’s been dynamic all season for the Big Reds, with totals of 11 rushing TDs and six throwing. Pimpleton got it done both ways in Muskegon’s 47-6 O-K Black win over Zeeland East, with TD runs of 80 and 47 yards and a scoring toss to Jacorey Sullivan of 49 yards. He ran for 111 yards and completed 6-of-9 passes for 123 yards.
Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week
Dalton Agers 5-10 180 Jr LB Hudsonville: For the second season, he’s Hudsonville’s leading tackler, on a defense that shut out East Kentwood over the final three quarters in a 22-13 O-K Red win. Agers did it both ways for the Eagles, as he ran for all three of their TDs.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Austin Knapp 6-4 195 Sr TE Niles Brandywine: He had two touchdowns in Brandywine’s 42-8 defeat of New Buffalo, on a seven-yard reception and 65-yard fumble return.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week
Jacob Klinglesmith 5-11 180 Sr RB & Joe Trucco 5-9 185 Sr RB Traverse City St. Francis: St. Francis qualified for the playoffs with a 63-28 win over Grayling. Klinglesmith had 189 yards and threes TDs on 14 carries and a 41-yard TD catch while Trucco ran 15 times for 195 yards and three TDs.
Lake Area Coach of the Week
Eric Schugars, Traverse City Central: He’s been on TC Central’s staff for over a dozen years. This is Shugars’ first season as the head coach, and he has the Trojans in the playoffs at 6-0 after a 28-27 OT win at Petoskey. They came back from down 21-0 and eventually stopped Petoskey on a two-point conversion.