Lake Area Honors: Week 11


Frankfort junior Griffin Kelly is the most talented running back in Northern Michigan regardless of school size.

Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week

Nate Stephens  Sr  RB  Lowell: The future Harvard baseball player carried the ball 20 times for 145 yards and three TDs. Lowell beat Traverse City Central for a D2 district crown.

Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week

Connor Fischer  Sr  LB  Grandville: OK, technically it was a special teams play that earned the nod for Fischer. The Bulldogs trailed until the second half when he blocked a Rockford punt recovered by teammate Isaak Opatik for their first score. Grandville won the D1 district final 20-9.

Lake Area Small School Player of the Week

Cameron Martinez  Fr  QB  Muskegon Catholic Central: The freshman played with the efficiency of an upperclassman in MCC’s shutout win over Beal City in a D8 district final. Martinez was 6-of-7 passing for 130 yards and two TDs while running nine times for 63 yards and three TDs.

Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week

Griffin Kelly  Jr  RB  Frankfort: He had the game-winning score, a 38-yard TD reception, with 13 seconds left to give the Panthers a 38-24 defeat of Lincoln Alcona in a D8 district final. Kelly also ran for 121 yards and a pair of TDs.

Lake Area Coach of the Year

Joseph Hyland, Grand Rapids West Catholic: He stepped into both a dream position, but one with great expectations replacing one of the Lake Area’s very best, Dan Rohn, under whom anything less than a state title was a disappointment. So far so good for Hyland, after West Catholic got its second playoff road win, 10-7 at Portland, in defense of their D5 state crown.


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