Michigan High School Football 2021: Week 5 Scoreboard

The last week of the regular season is here, which means MLive will soon announce its top 10 nominees for Michigan High School Football Player of the Year. Many players have put together incredible resumes this season, making even a top 10 list a very difficult process.

No matter who is selected, it has been great to see so many players perform well following one of the most difficult seasons ever to navigate. With one more game left in the regular season, you can bet there will be many great performances on Friday night as the playoffs await.

Here is a look into how our Michigan High School Football Player of the Year watch list players did in Week 8 and what awaits them in Week 9 action.

Are we missing someone? Let us know by emailing [email protected] with a player’s name and stats. Follow MLive for weekly Wednesday updates on how watch list players performed after each game.

Josh Burnham, LB/QB, Traverse City Central

6-4, 215

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: High

The Notre Dame commit continued his stellar season against Brother Rice last week by rushing for 211 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries as Central trounced the Warriors, 56-13. He also had a 19-yard receiving touchdown. Central makes a long trip down to face North Farmington to wrap up the season.

CJ Carr, QB, Saline

6-1, 180

2024

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Saline pulled off a rather dramatic 42-40 win over Dexter last week and Carr played his part by finishing 20-for-30 passing for 99 yards and three touchdowns. Up next is a home matchup against Lake Orion.

Ethan Clark, RB, Clarkston

6-1, 195

2023

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Although Clark did hound the end zone as usual in a 33-8 win over Birmingham Groves, he managed to take part in some trickery with a 22-yard touchdown pass. He also added a two-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion.

Antonio Gates Jr., WR, Dearborn Fordson

6-3, 185

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Dearborn shocked everyone by not only beating Fordson, but holding the Tractors to just 10 points in the loss. Gates was swarmed and held out of the end zone with just five receiving yards. Fordson will hope to rebound in a home game against Howell in a KLAA crossover this week.

Cephus Harris, RB, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley

5-9, 197

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Very High

He continues to fill the stat sheet on a weekly basis and is easily one of the hardest players to stop in the state. In a 49-21 win over Utica, Harris rushed for four touchdowns and caught. His longest touchdown run was from 68 yards out while his receiving touchdown was good for 51 yards. He’s scored 12 touchdowns in two games. He will look to end his regular season with his hot streak intact against Oxford on Friday.

Tyrell Henry, WR, Roseville, 2022

6-1, 170

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Henry has been showing flashes of his versatility all season, and he continued to do that in a 27-15 win over Port Huron last week when he tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass. Roseville faces its toughest opponent of the season this week when it hosts Macomb Dakota.

Tyler Holtz, QB, DeWitt

5-11, 190

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

DeWitt was able to quickly pull away from Lansing Waverly in a 50-0 victory. Still, Tyler Holtz managed to throw for 123 yards and four touchdowns before he was no longer needed. Up next is a trip to Stevensville Lakeshore.

Elijah Jackson-Anderson, ATH, Grand Blanc

5-11, 191

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Grand Blanc got a big 30-6 win over Lapeer last week and Jackson-Anderson had a big night to go with it. He finished with a season-high 217 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Grand Blanc can ease into the playoffs with winless Saginaw Arthur Hill up next.

Will Johnson, WR/DB, Grosse Pointe South

6-2, 190

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

With the playoffs right around the corner, Will Johnson was hardly used in South’s 42-0 blowout win over Warren Mott last week, registering a catch for 25 yards and 1.5 tackles, assisting on a tackle for a loss. He will end the regular season against rival Grosse Pointe North this week.

Tim Kloska, RB, Grand Rapids West Catholic

6-0, 205

2023

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Despite being sidelined for the first half against Spring Lake last week because of nursing a high ankle sprain, he returned to the field in the second half and had a special night. In one half of action, Kloska carried for 208 yards (9.5 per carry) and three touchdowns on 22 carries as West Catholic got the comeback win. A trip to Holland Christian wraps the regular season.

Robert Knapik, RB, Hemlock

5-9, 175

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Moderate

In an easy 30-0 win over Saginaw Nouvel, Knapik ran for three touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions. Up next is Saginaw Swan Valley.

Jordan Kwiatkowski, RB/LB, Sterling Heights Stevenson

6-1, 210

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Kwiatkowski was not needed much in a 42-7 win over Utica Ford as he had just five carries for 36 yards. Still, he did score a rushing touchdown and added four tackles on defense. Up next is a trip to Birmingham Groves.

Tommy McIntosh, WR, DeWitt

6-5, 195

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

DeWitt was in cruise control in a 49-21 win over Lansing Everett as McIntosh had no issue catching five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. DeWitt welcomes in Lansing Waverly this week.

Brayden McKenna, RB, Lapeer

5-11, 189

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: High

Despite Lapeer having its worst outing on offense all season in a 30-0 loss to Grand Blanc, McKenna still put up respectable numbers. McKenna finished with 210 total yards, rushing for 175 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes for 35 yards. Up next is a trip to Davison.

Dante Moore, QB, Detroit Martin Luther King

6-2, 180

2023

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Moore helped spur a second-half comeback in the PSL championship game as he passed for two of the three touchdowns King had after halftime, including a 73-yard strike to Chansey Willis Jr. in the fourth quarter. He finished 15-for-24 passing for 238 yards and two touchdowns as King won, 21-15. He has passed for seven total touchdowns in the two wins over Cass Tech this season. Up next is a nice home test against Cincinnati Moeller on Friday.

Jordan Ramsey, RB, Sterling Heights Stevenson

5-9, 185

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Ramsey rushed for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just four carries in the Titans’ blowout win over Utica Ford. Up next is a trip to Birmingham Groves.

Christion Stokes, RB, Harper Woods

6-0, 180

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Moderate

In a 47-26 loss to Warren De La Salle, Stokes started off strong with touchdown runs of 29 yards and 75 yards in the first quarter alone. Yet, he was held out of the end zone the rest of the way as De La Salle slowly took over.

Jake Rueff, RB, Lawton

5-11, 180

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

In a 52-0 blowout of Schoolcraft last week, Rueff had a massive night with 303 yards and six touchdowns on 16 carries, averaging 18.9 yards per carry. Lawton will get one last warmup for the Division 7 playoffs when it faces Saugatuck this week.

Dillon Tatum, RB/DB, West Bloomfield

5-11, 190

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

In a 30-16 win over North Farmington last Friday, Tatum was strong once again with 19 carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 45 yards. West Bloomfield travels to Utica Eisenhower next for the 7-1 Lakers.

Alex VanSumeren, DL/HB, Essexville Garber

6-3, 300

2022

Trending: Down

Top 10 potential: Low

It was a tough week for the Michigan State University commit. His team fell to No. 2-ranked Frankenmuth 40-6 and the big fella exited in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. He registered two tackles in his limited duty. His status is questionable for Garber’s regular season finale against Croswell-Lexington.

DJ Voltz, QB, Carrollton

6-2, 160

2022

Trending: Down

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Voltz did not play in Carrollton’s 28-20 comeback win over Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary. Hopefully he will return in the home finale against Chesaning.

Myles Walton, ATH, Muskegon

5-11, 185

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Moderate

In a 47-21 win over Reeths-Puffer, Walton threw for 127 yards with two touchdown passes. Walton and the Big Reds will look to wrap up sole possession of first place in the OK Green when it hosts Zeeland East this week.

Alex Watters, WR/RB, Lansing Catholic

6-0, 185

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Watters did not play last week because its opponent, Fowlerville forfeited. The regular season finale will be a battle of undefeated teams as Lansing Catholic travels to face Division 7 power Pewamo-Westphalia.

Nolan Ziegler, WR/S,LB, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

6-4, 206

2022

Trending: Stabel

Top 10 potential: High

Ziegler seems to find the end zone every game these days and it was no different in a thrilling 41-40 win over Cedar Springs. In the win, Ziegler had three receptions for 43 yards and a score. On defense, he really stepped up with 11 tackles. The Cougars wrap up the regular season at home against Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills.

ON THE BUBBLE

Zak Ahern, QB, Rockford, 2022

Tag Bonnema, LB, Zeeland East, 2022

Cole Cabana, RB, Dexter, 2023

Jeremiah Caldwell, WR, Belleville, 2022

Cole DiPiazza, RB, Allendale, 2022

Brady Drogosh, QB, Warren De La Salle, 2023

Jameel Gardner, WR, Detroit Cass Tech, 2022

Bobby Hoth, RB, Boyne City, 2022

Mark Konecny, QB, Mona Shores, 2022

Bryce Kurncz, WR, DeWitt, 2023

Cole Lindow, RB, Frankenmuth, 2022

Jaden Mangham, WR/DB, Birmingham Groves, 2022

Micah Miller, QB, Ortonville Brandon, 2022

Cole McElvany, QB/LB, Milan, 2022

Leeshaun Mumpfield, QB, Detroit Cass Tech, 2023

Parker Picot, QB, Rochester Adams, 2023

Christian Rapley, ATH, Belleville, 2022

Myles Rowser, S, Belleville, 2022

Jacob Sanders, RB, Farmington, 2022

Caiden Sloan, RB, Macomb Dakota, 2022

Tay’shawn Trent, WR, Harper Woods, 2022

Bryce Underwood, QB, Belleville, 2025

Lynn Wyche-El, WR, Detroit Martin Luther King, 2022

Source : https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2021/10/2021-michigan-high-school-football-player-of-the-year-watch-list-heading-into-week-9.html

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2021 Michigan High School Football Player of the Year watch list heading into Week 9

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2021 Michigan High School Football Player of the Year watch list heading into Week 9

Jackson-area high school football scoreboard for Week 8

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