Friday, October 13, 2017
Grayling High School
Benzie Central High School
The Grayling Varsity Football team won a thrilling game against Benzie Central on Friday, October 13 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Throughout the game fans would see multiple school records broken and numerous MHSAA records changed as well as a 13-12 halftime score turn into a 58-46 victory for the Vikings.
Grayling Senior Quarterback Justin Nicholas put on passing clinic that rivals any level of football. Justin threw for 623 yards in the game putting him second all-time on the MHSAA single game record and breaking the previous school record of 507 yards held by Jimmy Osga. He went 39-72 in the game which puts him tied for 3rd place all-time for completions in a game and second all time for completions in a game behind Graylingâs Jimmy Osga who went 41-74 in a game in 2008. Justin also threw for 8 touchdowns which broke the previous school record of 6 in a game and put him tied for 2nd place in MHSAA History. To go along with all the passing records it was fitting that Logan Joseph hauled in 14 receptions in the game to put him tied for 5th place all time in MHSAA History.
As previously mentioned, the score at halftime was Benzie Central 13, Grayling 12 and all signs appeared for it to be a tight defensive battle heading into the second half. Benzie Central came out of the half firing on a cylinders and took a 33-18 lead late in the third quarter before Grayling mounted their historic comeback. The final score of 58-46 ranks among some of the highest in MHSAA history
To go along with all of Justinâs stats, Logan Joseph hauled in 14 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns, Rickey Heavner had 9 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns, Ken Dutton had 4 receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns and Zack Osga had 3 receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Justin Youngblood had eight tackles, two fumble recoveries, and one sack. Tyler Withers had 11 tackles and one sack, Jaden Gauthier had nine tackles and one sack, Jacob Macfalda had seven tackles and one sack, Eli Jackson had six tackles and one sack, and Jordan Harris had six tackles and one sack.
The Varsity Football team improves to 5-3 overall and makes the upcoming Kalkaska game a win and you’re in situation as the Vikings are looking to make the playoffs for the 12th time since 2000. The game will be held on Friday, October 20 at 7:00pm in Kalkaska.