Portage Northern football closed the regular season with a 37-6 win at Kalamazoo Central on a rainy, windy, and chilly Friday evening. With the win, the Huskies are the only SMAC team to finish unbeaten over the partial league slate. Northwestern commit Anthony Tyus III had another massive game, rushing for 217 yards and scoring all five PN touchdowns.
The Maroon Giants found themselves behind 24-0 by the end of the first quarter as they had to contend with not only the stout Huskies defense, but brutal rain and wind in their face. Tyus got three TDs on the first three PN drives while the defense forced two punts and a safety. Both offenses stalled out in the second quarter, keeping the score at 24-0 into the intermission.
The first two Portage Northern drives in the third quarter also went for Tyus TD runs. KC’s lone score came in the third quarter on a 29-yard pass from Willie Ford to TJ Broomfield. Unofficially, PN held the Maroon Giant offense to only 84 total yards.
With the loss, Kalamazoo Central finishes the regular season at 2-4 with all six games against conference foes. Still, the Maroon Giants appear to be on track to finish in the top half of their eight team district, meaning a home playoff game next week.
Portage Northern moves to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the SMAC. The Huskies appear set to finish as the second seed in their district, meaning a home playoff game next week and another one guaranteed after if they win. The official brackets and pairings will be set by MHSAA on Sunday.
PN: 4 yard run Anthony Tyus III, Avery Kucharski PAT (7:10)
PN: Safety (6:04)
PN: 46 yard run Anthony Tyus III, Kucharski PAT (4:58)
PN: 31 yard run Anthony Tyus III, 2PT run Jayden Myers (1:47)
PN: 18 yard run Anthony Tyus III, PAT Blocked (6:44)
KC: 29 yard pass TJ Broomfield from Willie Ford, 2PT Fail (1:58)
PN: 49 yard run Anthony Tyus III, Kucharski PAT (0:51)
Total Yards: PN 257, KC 84
Passing: PN 16, KC 67
Rushing: PN 241. KC 17
Turnovers: PN 0, KC 1
PN Passing: TJ Coon 2-6, 16 yards
KC Passing: Willie Ford 7-18, 67 yards, 1 TD
PN Rushing: Anthony Tyus III 217, 5 TD; Xavier Thomas 25, Jayden Myers 10, TJ Coon -3, Joseph White -8
KC Rushing: Jaden Blanchard 47, Kanye Ford 10, Andre Tarver -8, Willie Ford -32
PN Receiving: Anthony Tyus 1-11, Xavier Thomas 1-5
KC Receiving: TJ Broomfield 1-29, 1 TD; Travion Farris 3-22, Jaden Blanchard 3-16
PN Defense: Arman Harris FR
KC Defense: Cincear Lewis blocked PAT
Records: PN 5-1 (5-0 SMAC), KC 2-4 (2-4 SMAC)