Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
Bryce Fraser 6-0 180 Sr RB Forest Hills Northern: He ran 14 times for 183 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner, a 64-yarder in the fourth-quarter. Fraser then made an interception on previously unbeaten Forest Hills Eastern’s ensuing possession as Northern won 24-22.
Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week
Chase Tarwacki 6-0 170 Jr DB Edwardsburg: The Eddies’ offense was a juggernaut during their 9-0 regular season. They’ll have to do it on both sides in the post-season, and players like Tarwacki look up to the task. He led with 10 tackles a defense that made two fourth-down holds in a 52-20 win over Sturgis.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Brady Luttrull 5-10 155 Jr QB Muskegon Oakridge: Oakridge comes into the playoffs having last beat Orchard View 41-13 as Luttrull completed 16-of-28 passes for 311 yards including five TD throws of 26, 25, 18, 17 and 14 yards.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week
Mitch Hoffman Sr QB/K Harbor Springs: Hoffman kicked a 24-yard field goal with three seconds to play as Harbor Springs held on to beat Charlevoix 22-20. The win guaranteed the Rams their first playoff appearance since 2000..
Lake Area Coach of the Week
Ryan Oshnock, Forest Hills Northern: The Huskies looked impotent in week 6 when they lost All-Lake QB Jason Martin to a broken foot on the first play of the game against Cedar Springs. While that ended Northern’s chances at an undefeated season, they eventually regrouped under Oshnock and in the final game of the regular season put an end to Forest Hills Eastern’s bid for a perfect regular season of its own, winning 26-24. FHN has now qualified for the playoffs in each of Oshnock’s two seasons.