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Marcellus High School Soccer News
Marcellus 5 - Bangor 2

September 1, 2011
Stats Provided by: Donna Brown
Photos Provided by: Halee Surach Photography
On Wednesday August 31 Marcellus played host to Bangor in an aggressive game with a final score of 5-2.  The Marcellus Wildcats ran away with a victory!

Shots on goal: Todd Shelly and Howie Holston 5: Dalton Brown 4; Dustin Nielson and Allen Butchbaker 3 each; Connor Makowski, T.J. Hartzell and Joshiah Wildes 1 each.

Marcellus goals: Dalton Brown 2, Neal Primm, Dustin Nielson and Howie Holston 1 each.

Assists: T.J. Hartzell-1  Bangor goals: Mario Diaz and Hugo Alcaraz-1 each.

Bangor goals:Mario Diaz and Hugo Alcaraz-1 each.
The Marcellus Wildcats opened the 2011 season with a 0-6 loss at the hands of the Centreville Bulldogs at home on Friday night.  Even with the Bluegill Frolic rolling nicely on Main Street a very impressive crowd turned out to see the Wildcats come up a bit shy of a victory.

The game opened with a three and out from each team.  After holding Centreville down on its second possession, the Wildcats received the ball back and after another quick three and out a blocked Pompey punt helped set up the Bulldogs with tremendous position on the Wildcat 8 yard line with 1:34 remaining in the first quarter.  The first quarter ended with a score of 0-0.  The Bulldogs went to work quickly in the second quarter and with 11:34 on the clock, scored the first and only touchdown of the game.

The game did provide moments of excitement.  On the ensuing kick-off Jared Jones picked up the ball on the Cats 21 yard line, got on his horse, jigged and jagged 60+ yards deep into Centreville territory.  This electrified the crowd and his teammates.  Unfortunately the play was called back with offsetting penalties.  The two teams battled to a 0-6 score at the end of the first half.

The second half proved to be a defensive battle, with each team’s defense allowing for nothing significant by way of long drives or scoring opportunities.  The Cat’s did move the ball at times throughout the second half but fell short on a couple of promising drives in both the third and fourth quarters.  The game ended with the Bulldogs on top 0-6, handing the Marcellus Wildcats their first loss of the 2011 season.  Coach Todd Rice commented following the game Friday night “it was a hard hitting, physical game from both sides.  It was a clean game, both sides playing with class.  They should be commended for their sportsmanship.”

The unofficial stats are as follows:
Mike Ellis led a solid Marcellus defense with 10 tackles, 1 of which was a sack and added a fumble recovery as well.  Dylan Swartz added 6 tackles, 1 of which was a sack.  Marcus Pompey ended up with 5 tackles and a fumble recovery.  Mason New had 5 tackles.  Jake High contributed 2 sacks for a total loss of 14 yards.  Wildcats defensive unit had 4 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.  Offensively, Marcus Pompey led the way with 109 all-purpose yards.  Jared Jones had 13 rushing attempts for 52 yards.  Mason New had 7 rushes for 23 yards.

The Wildcats will hit the field again on Thursday, September 1 due to the Labor Day holiday.  They will face the Eau Claire Beavers at 7:00 on our home field.  The Wildcats could use another great showing of fans!  Come support our boys!
Defense Shines but Wildcats Fall Short
August 29, 2011
By Jeffrey Surach
Photos by Halee Surach Photography
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Picks For Football Players Of The Week

August 31, 2011
Submitted by:
Jeffrey Surach
Photos Provided By: Halee Surach Photography
Offensive Player of the Week:
Defensive Player of the Week:
#45 Mike Ellis
In the linebacker position, Mike made 11 tackles, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery.  Way to go Mike!
#42 Marcus Pompey
With 109 all-purpose yards, Marcus played a solid game against a stingy Bulldog defense.  Awesome job Marcus!
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Following the Marcellus Wildcats  disappointing loss to the Centreville Bulldogs last week  and  with the extreme heat  hanging over Marcellus, the Wildcats put it together and handed Eau Claire a loss on Thursday evening, by the final score of 20-14.

The Wildcats began the night by booting the ball deep into Eau Claire territory pinning the Beavers at their own 10 yard line.  Two plays later, Marcus Pompey pounced on a bungled Beaver hand-off giving the Wildcats tremendous field position at the 8 yard line of Eau Claire.  Two plays later Mason New  rumbled up the middle for a Marcellus TD! The extra point attempt by Connor Makowski failed and with 10:21 left in the first quarter, Marcellus held a 6-0 edge.

Five plays into the next Beaver drive, with Eau Claire moving the ball down the field, Mason New jumped in front of Carston Harner s pass and came up with a huge interception to stall the drive.  Nothing  came of the ensuing Wildcat drive.

Eau Claire began its next drive at its own 42 yard line and engineered a 13 play-58 yard drive, aided largely by a couple of costly penalties, ending with a Sergio Delgado touchdown.  Jenkins added the two point conversion, giving the Beavers an 8-6 advantage to end the first quarter.

The  Wildcat s offense managed to get things rocking at the start of the second quarter.  A set of huge runs by Mason New (30 yards), Jared Jones (13 yards) and Marcus Pompey (19 yards) helped set up a 33 yard field goal  attempt by Connor Makowski that unfortunately sailed just to the left.  The next 6:32 of the second quarter seemed to take its toll on the Wildcats. With Eau Claire marching down the field Jared  Jones delivered a monstrous hit near midfield  and it proved costly as Jones exited the game shortly thereafter. A Pompey fumble stalled the next Marcellus drive handing  Eau Claire yet another opportunity.

The Beavers put together a quick 2:06 drive capped off with a second Delgado touchdown. The two point conversion was thwarted when Mike Ellis deflected the pass attempt into the hands of Mason New. The lead and the momentum followed Eau Claire into the half, 14-6.

The second half started out a little slow, but proved to be a real humdinger for the hungry Wildcats. Both teams traded a three and out series to begin the second half.  It was the Wildcats who owned the second half.  With 7:24 left in the 3rd quarter Marcus Pompey and the offensive line went to work with Pompey rushing for a total of 44 yards.  Following a Marcellus timeout Remi Goodrich dropped back from the 16 yard line to complete a perfectly executed screen pass to Pompey, who proceeded to weave his way through a series of blocks into the end zone for a Wildcat touchdown!  Pompey then finished it off with the 2 point conversion, tying the game at 14-14 at the 4:38 mark of the 3rd quarter. 

Immediately following the touchdown, Connor Makowski blasted the kickoff all the way down to the Eau Claire 5 yard line.  With the Wildcats closing in -  Jenkins had trouble handling the kickoff and  a cluster of Cats put a crushing hit on him and knocking the ball loose.  Justin Scoggin came up with a fumble recovery in the end zone, resulting in a Wildcat touchdown.  The extra point attempt by Makowski came up shy and the Wildcats were now on top 20-14 with 4:22 to play in the 3rd quarter.  That touchdown proved to be the momentum changer for the remainder of the quarter. 

The 4th quarter was a seesaw battle between the two teams.  Pompey booted a couple of nice punts to help with field position and  Remi Goodrich came up with a beautiful fumble recovery after Anthony Meninga punched the ball loose at the 3:10 mark of the quarter that seemingly looked to put the game in control for the Cats.

A three and out and a mishandled snap on the punt gave Eau Claire one last gasp of breath. Seth Robinson, Mason New and Justin Scoggin, along with the rest of the Marcellus defense, would have no part of it, putting the clamps down on any comeback effort.

Commenting after the game, Coach Rice said, "Once we settled down in the second half we began to play pretty good football.  When this team can put together four full quarters of football our team has the potential to be pretty dangerous."

Unofficial Stats:

DEFENSE:

Mike Ellis, 8 tackles; Marcus Pompey, 6 tackles and 1 fumble recovery; Jake High, 6 tackles; Mason New, 5 tackles and 2 interceptions; Anthony Meninga, 5 tackles and a strip of the football; Justin Scoggin, 5 ˝ tackles and 2 ˝ sacks; Eric Reed, 5 tackles; Seth Robinson, 4 tackles, 1 sack and Garrett Collins, 4 tackles.

OFFENSE:

Marcus Pompey, 12 carries for 75 yards, 2 receptions totaling 23 yards and a touchdown; Mason New, 10 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown and Remi Goodrich completed 2 of 6 passes for 23 yards and a touchdown

With over 200 yards the offense gave the fans a taste of how effective the Wildcats can be.

The Wildcats take to the road next week when the travel to Martin on Friday, September 9 to take on the Clippers.  Let s go in full force to cheer on our Marcellus Wildcats!
Wildcat fans celebrating
Thursday night's victory over the Eau Claire Beavers 20-14.
Marcellus Wildcats
Heat Up With Big Plays & Drop Beavers 20-14!

September 1, 2011
Article by: Jeffrey Surach
Photos Submitted by:
Halee Surach Photography
Exclusive: Marcellus Michigan.Org's Picks
For Football Players of the Week

September 6, 2011
Submitted by:
Jeffrey Surach
Photos Provided By:
Halee Surach Photography
Defensive Player of the Week
Co-Offensive Players Of The Week
Marcus Pompey #42
Marcus had 12 carries for 75 yards and 2 receptions
totaling 23 yards and a touchdown.

Mason New #2
Mason had 10 carries for 73 yards and 1 touchdown!

Keep up the great work guys!
Justin Scoggin #25
Justin made 5.5 tackles and
2.5 of which were sacks.
He also had 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown!

The touchdown proved to be the game winner!

Awesome game Justin!
The Marcellus Wildcat's Soccer Team traveled to Hartford on Wednesday, September 7 and put on their best performance of the 2011 season despite their 0-1 loss to the Indians.  Hartford was 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference and Marcellus was 4-0 overall and 1-0 in conference.

Hartford has defeated Niles Brandywine, Howardsville Christian and Cassopolis in 8-0 shutouts.  Watervliet and Gobles both lost to Hartford in a 7-0 shutout. The only team to have scored on the Indians was St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic, but Hartford still came away with a 6-1 win.

Even though the Wildcats didn't bring home a win Wednesday evening, they did out-shoot Hartford 12-9 and equally impressive was the Wildcats dominate defensive performance.

Shots on goal: Makowski-4, Hartzell-3, Nielson, Shelly, Wildes- Johnson, Garcia and Holston 1 each.  Marcellus outshot Hartford 13-9.

Marcellus overall record was 6-0. Conference 1-0, tied with Hartford.
Marcellus High School Soccer News
Marcellus 0 - Hartford 1

September 8, 2011
by: Donna Brown
Photo Provided by: Halee Surach Photography
Marcellus traveled to Lawton on Sept 7 to play against Lawton, Fennville and Saugatuck.

If you are interested in taking stats or writing articles for Freshman or JV Volleyball please contact Marcellus Michigan.org at:
marcellusmichigan. org@gmail.com.

We would love community involvement!  This could be an adult looking to volunteer, a parent or a high school student.

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Lawton Hosts Volleyball Quad for Freshman and JV Teams
September 8, 2011
Marcellus MIchigan.Org Exclusive
by: Halee Surach
Marcellus Ladycats played awesome against Fennville, Saugatuck and Lawton on Thursday night.  If you are interested in keeping stats or writing articles for Varsity Volleyball please contact Marcellus Michigan.org.  We will gladly welcome a volunteer or two to contribute!  We can be reached at marcellusmichigan.org@gmail.com.  Way to go Ladycats! (Pictorial)
Marcellus Ladycat Varsity Volleyball
September 9, 2011
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Submitted by:
Halee Surach Photography
September 11, 2011
Marcellus Michigan.Org Exclusive
by Jeffrey Surach
Photos by:
Halee Surach Photography
The Marcellus Wildcats opened their third game of the season looking to build on the momentum of last week's win over Eau Claire.  The Wildcats came out on the positive end with a 46-24 victory over the Martin Clippers on Friday evening.

Marcellus won the toss and deferred, which gave Martin the ball to start the game.  Two plays in; Garett Collins stripped Martin's running back Ryan Hunt of the ball and Marcus Pompey came up with the recovery helping Marcellus set up a quick scoring drive.  Mason New finished the drive with the first Marcellus touchdown of the night.  The extra point attempt by Makowski was no good.  At the 10:00 mark of the first quarter Marcellus led 6-0.

On the very next drive the Clippers went to work.  With two long passes, Martin found themselves knocking on the Wildcats door.  On a 4th and goal play Ryan Hunt found the end zone for Martin's first TD and the two point conversion was good for an 8-6 advantage over the Wildcats.

Following the Martin touchdown, Marcus Pompey gathered the ball, shifted into high gear and raced 70 yards for a quick Wildcat answer.  Pompey also got the two point conversion putting Marcellus in the lead 14-6.

With the ball back in the hands of the Clippers the Marcellus defense was on a mission.  "Big" Seth Robinson showed how aggressive he could be bursting through the middle of the Clipper line, laying a crushing hit on Martin RB Hunt, for one of his 6 first half tackles.  The next play included a false start penalty and a 2nd and long pass attempt.  Pompey came off the corner and popped the Clipper QB Richie Hildebrand, which set the scene for the next play.  A 3rd and long pass was picked off by Mike Ellis who rumbled 65 yards down the field for the third Marcellus TD of the first quarter.  Pompey capped off the score with a two point conversion, for a score of 22-8.

The Clippers would fight back on the next drive and give the hometown faithful a little bit to cheer about.  Aided by a couple of penalties, Martin s Ryan Hunt got his 2nd TD of the half and the two point conversion was good.  This left the score 22-16.  The ensuing Marcellus drive proved to set the tone for the remainder of the game.  Mason New sprinted 20 yards to begin the drive.  A couple of negative plays put the offense in a hole, but on 3rd and 12 Jared Jones bobbed, weaved and broke 3 tackles, picking up the first down.  Jones also picked up another 9 yards on the next play.  The opportunistic Marcellus offense struck again with Marcus Pompey breaking off the left tackle for a 24 yard scamper into the end zone with 6:48 remaining in the second quarter!  The 2 point conversion was made by Pompey, giving the Wildcats a 30-16 lead.  The Clippers would push the ball down the field on the next drive but it was riddled with penalties.  A block in the back penalty and an unsportsman like penalty on the same play would stall the Clippers drive.  Jared Jones intercepted a pass at the 2:16 mark and the Wildcats finish the first half strong with a 30-16 lead.

The Clippers opened the 2nd half with an onside kick, but the Marcellus kick return team was not fooled.  Justin Scoggin recovered the ball giving the Marcellus offense a chance to pick up where they left off.  Pompey ran the first 3 plays totaling 14 yards, Mason New added 14 yards and Tony Reed sealed the Wildcat drive with a 19 yard TD jaunt.  The two point conversion was originally waved off as a failed attempt due to the chicanery of the Marcellus offense and was reversed after the officials determined Pompey was in fact the one "with the ball" laying in the end zone!   Marcellus increased the lead by 8 for a new score of 38-16.  The Clippers tried to put something together on their first possession of the 2nd half.  On a 4th and 6 play Mike Ellis stepped in front of a Hildebrand pass for his 2nd interception of the game. 

The Marcellus run game proved to be a challenge for Martin all night, and the next drive was no exception.  Mason New broke off two runs that totaled 51 yards and John Bailey finished off the drive with his first varsity touchdown!  Joe Shelton ran the 2 point conversion in with 4:55 left in the 3rd quarter.  Marcellus drove the lead to 46-16. 

The Wildcat defense continued to be stingy in the 2nd half.  The "wrath of Eric Reed" came down upon the Clipper offense when Ryan Hunt tried to run up the middle and Reed laid a thunderous hit on him, jarring the ball loose.  Eric Reed also recovered the football for the sixth Marcellus takeaway of the game.  Marcellus only punted once in the contest and it came with 6:32 left in the 4th quarter.  Martin would get a late score when Logan Curry ran in from a yard out and Ryan Hunt scored the 2 point conversion.  The final scoreboard read Marcellus 46, Martin 24!

Commenting after the game Coach Rice stated, "We are playing some physical football.  We came out in the third quarter and really stoned them defensively.  We won the game in all three facets; offense, defense and special teams."

Unofficial Stats:
Submitted by:
Darcie Walden

Offensively:

The Wildcats racked up 325 net rushing yards.   Mason New ran for 129 yards on 7 carries and 1 touchdown.  Marcus Pompey had 9 carries for 67 yards, and a touchdown.  Marcus also had a 70 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  He had 157 all-purpose yards.  Jared Jones had 4 carries for 59 yards.  Tony Reed had 1 carry for 19 yards and a touchdown.  John Bailey and Joe Shelton added 23 and 19 yards respectively. 

Defensively:

Seth Robinson finished with 8 tackles and 3 assists.  Garett Collins had 8 tackles and a forced fumble.  Seth Vantilburg put up 7 tackles, a big 4th and 6 stuff and 1 assist.  Marcus Pompey had 7 tackles and a fumble recovery.  Eric Reed had 5 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  Mike Ellis had an assisted tackle and a big interception return for a touchdown.  Remi Goodrich had an assisted tackle and a fumble recovery.  The Wildcats forced 6 turnovers in all! 

A tough Saugatuck team will be here in Marcellus on Friday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. to take on the Wildcats!  Come out and cheer them on to a victory!

Good luck Wildcats!
Photo Gallery (Martin)
Photo Gallery (Martin)
Photo Gallery (Martin)
Marcellus traveled to Paw Paw on Saturday, September 10  and came home with a 1-1 tie.  A well placed goal by Dustin Nielson gave the Wildcats the lead in the first half.

The Redskins put their stamp on the game in the second half with a goal from Sam DeVal.

Marcellus nearly took the lead in the final seconds of the game with a shot on goal by Dalton Brown unfortunately the shot went wide at the sound of the buzzer.

Wildcat shots on goal:
Dalton Brown and Dustin Nielson 4 each, T.J. Hartzell, 3; Todd Shelly, Josiah Wildes, Tyler Johnson and Allen Butchbaker, 1 each.

Paw Paw had 15 shots on goal.

Marcellus will next face Fennville on Wednesday, September 14 at 6:45 p.m. at home.
Marcellus High School Soccer News
Marcellus 1 - Paw Paw 1

September 12, 2011
Submitted by:
Donna Brown

Garett Collins, had 8 tackles and 1 forced fumble; Seth Vantilburg, had 7 tackles along with "Big" 4th and 6 stuff and 1 assist and Seth Robinson, had 8 tackles and 3 assists.
Defensive Players of the Week
Garett Collins #66
Seth Vantilburg #40
Seth Robinson #62
Marcus had 9 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 70 yard kickoff return for touch down and 157 all purpose yards.

Mason ran for 129 yards on 7 carries and 1 touchdown. He also averaged 18.4 yards per carry
Co-Offensive Players Of The Week
Marcus Pompey #42
Mason New #2
Defensive Players of the Week
Co-Offensive Players Of The Week
Marcus had 9 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 70 yard kickoff return for touch down and 157 all purpose yards.

Mason ran for 129 yards on 7 carries and 1 touchdown. He also averaged 18.4 yards per carry
Exclusive: Marcellus Michigan.Org's Picks
For Football Players of the Week

September 13, 2011
Submitted by:
Jeffrey Surach
Photos Provided By:
Halee Surach Photography
Marcus Pompey #42
Mason New #2
Garett Collins #66
Seth Vantilburg #40
Seth Robinson #62

Garett Collins, had 8 tackles and 1 forced fumble; Seth Vantilburg, had 7 tackles along with "Big" 4th and 6 stuff and 1 assist and Seth Robinson, had 8 tackles and 3 assists.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rick Thompson, of Marcellus submitted this photo of a Walleye he caught while fishing on an area lake Sunday, September 11.  This "behemoth"  was 27 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

When Rick was questioned as to where he caught the fish all he said was, "It made a great meal..."

...We're sure it did Rick...Thanks for sharing your story and photo with Marcellus Michigan.Org!
What's His Secret?
September 14, 2011
Marcellus Michigan.Org Exclusive
Defense Key to Middle School Football Victory
September 14, 2011
by Jeff Surach
Photos by:
Halee Surach Photography
 
The Middle School Football Team opened its 2011 season at home on Wednesday, September 14 with an 8-0 victory over Bangor.

The Wildcats scored with 7:54 left in the 2nd quarter on a 6 yard Austin Sonnevil touchdown.  The 2 point conversion was made by Adam Reed. That was all the Wildcat defense would need, as they held Bangor down for most of the contest.

Bangor did threaten late in the 2nd quarter but Tyson New stripped the ball during a long Bangor run.  Andrew Romig came up with the fumble recovery to end the Vikings drive.

The Cats controlled most of the second half with strong defense keeping the Vikings scoreless.  The Wildcats will be in Watervliet next Wednesday September 21 at 5:00.



Unofficial Stats:

Offense:

Tyson New, 11 carries for 72 yards; Adam Reed, 8 carries for 51 yards and 2 point conversion and Austin Sonnevil, 5 carries for 21 yards and a touchdown!

Defense:

Grant McNally, 6 solo tackles; Brian Lewis, 4 tackles, 1 was a sack; Bailey Young, 3 tackles, 1 was a sack; Skyler Hawkins, 2 tackles; Tyson New, 2 tackles and a forced fumble and Andrew Romig, 1 fumble recovery
 
Wildcat Varsity Soccer Squad
Chalk Up Another Win

September 15, 2011

by Donna Brown
Photos by:
Halee Surach Photography


Conner Sonnevil posted his third shut-out of the season on Wednesday, September 14th on the Wildcat's homefield against the visiting Fennville Blackhawks (3-0 overall). Sonnevil also made 19 saves to lead the Wildcats into a 3-0 conference game win.

Marcellus built on 2-0 lead in the first half with goals by Dalton Brown and Howie Holston. Allen Butchbaker provided the second half goal for the Wildcats. 

Assists:

Tyler Johnson, Connor Makowski, Howie Holston and T.J. Hartzell, 1 each.

The Blackhawks finished with a 22-16 shot advantaged.

Wildcats shots on goal:

Dalton Brown, 4; Howie Holston, 3; Dustin Nielson, T.J. Hartzell, and Todd Shelly, 2 each; Tyler Johnson, Allen Butchbaker and Mitch Kealy 1 each.

Marcellus overall standing 7-1-1. Conference 2-1.

The Wildcats visit Bridgman on Thursday September 22nd.
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Additional Photos of Friday Night s Game (2)
Additional Photos of Friday Night's Game (1)
In a rare opportunity the Wildcats hosted the state-ranked Saugatuck Indians and fell by the score of 7-56 here on Friday night.  The Wildcats had their hands full right from the get go with Saugatuck taking the opening kick 77 yards for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead.  Saugatuck built a 21-0 lead by the 6:46 mark in the 1st quarter.  In a game that would have sent most teams running for the hills the Wildcats next drive proved different.  The ball was on their own 17 yard line when the Cats showed a flash of what they are capable of.  They put together a 19 play drive spanning 58 yards, featuring a heavy dose of Wildcat running.  The drive was stalled when Remi Goodrich’s pass went just off the fingertips of Mike Ellis.  The Indians found the end zone one more time in the 2nd quarter to run the score up to 28-0 at halftime.

The second half continued to go in the favor of Saugatuck.  The Indians got a quick stop followed by a five play, 49 yard drive making the score 35-0.  With the score sitting at 42-0 the Wildcat’s Jared Jones took a Saugatuck kickoff and blasted up the field, spinning and juking for a hard 50 yard run, to show the Wildcat faithful the true attitude and heart of this Marcellus team.  A couple of drives later on a 4th and three, from their own 23 yard line, Marcus Pompey capped off a 77 yard drive when he broke outside and rumbled down the Saugatuck sideline, diving the last five yards for a touchdown!!

In a game that really showcased a solid Saugatuck team, who last season was the Class D runner up in the State Championship game and is also ranked this year, the Wildcats never showed quit.  They truly gave it all they had.  Coach Rice commented “We saw a very good football team Friday night.  A team like Saugatuck is what we aspire to become.  We are still trying to be more consistent, and I think we’ll get there.”

Unofficial Stats:
Contributed by Darcie Walden

Offensively, it was Marcus Pompey leading with 23 attempts for 142 yards and a touchdown.  Mason New added 13 carries for 24 yards.  Jared Jones had 6 returns and 134 yards.  Defensively Marcus Pompey had 7 tackles.  Mike Ellis had 4 tackles and Seth Robinson and Justin Scoggin added 2 tackles a piece.

The Wildcats will be playing at home this Friday, September 23  at 7:00 p.m. in a game against the Watervliet Panthers.  Come out and support your team!  It’s also parent’s night.  Let’s go Wildcats!

Wildcats Fall To
State Ranked Saugatuck 7-56

September 16, 2011
Marcellus Michigan.Org Exclusive
by: Jeffrey Surach

Photo by:
Halee Surach

 
2011 Hall Of Fame Inductees
Carroll Jones, Mike Evans, Dane Terrill & Jim Mason
September 19, 2011
Photos by:
Halee Surach Photography

Left to right: Dan Jones, representing the late Carroll Jones; Mike Evans and Dane Terrill. Not Pictured: Jim Mason
Back Row: Left to right:  Coach Randy Small, Walt Bonarski Jr., Chris McKenzie, Jake Ward, Bob Garvelink and Justin Gailhouse. Front Row: Left to right:  Ryan Turtle, Adam Sziede, and Chad Green. Not Pictured: Chris High, Gary Sharp, Michael Mumford and Nicholas Townsend
2011 Hall Of Fame Inductees:
Baskeball Team Of 1997
September 19, 2011
Submitted by:
Justin Gailhouse

 
On offense Marcus led the pack with 23 attempts for 142 yards and a touchdown.

On defense Marcus had 7 tackles.  Keep up the great work Marcus!
Offense and Defensive Player Of The Week
Marcus Pompey #42
Exclusive: Marcellus Michigan.Org's Pick
For Football Player of the Week

September 21, 2011
Submitted by:
Jeffrey Surach
Photos Provided By:
Halee Surach Photography
 
Additional Photos Of The Marcellus vs. Watervliet Game


WATERVLIET, MICHIGAN (MARCELLUS MICHIGAN.ORG)   The Marcellus Wildcats 7th and 8th Grade Football Team traveled to Watervliet and lost Wednesday evening by a final score of 6-34.  The Panthers scored a pair of touchdowns toward the end of the second quarter and led 0-14 at the half.

The Cats did get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when Tyson New broke loose and romped 65 yards for the lone Marcellus touchdown, to make the score 6-28.  The Panthers would collect one more late touchdown as well.  The Cats gave their best Forrest Gump impression and tried to wreck the Panther party.  In the end Watervliet was the better team this day.

Unofficial Stats:

Offensively it was Tyson New with 5 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown.  Austin Sonnevil had 11 carries for 51 yards. 

Defensively, Tyson New led the Cats with 6 tackles.  Grant McNally added 3  tackles.  Taylor Sonnevil had 3 tackles.  Nate Porter had 1 tackle and an interception.

The Wildcats will be home to take on their SWAC rival, Lawton next Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00.  Come out and support your hometown Wildcats!
Middle School Wildcats Bow to Watervliet
September 21, 2011

by Jeff Surach
Photos by:
Halee Surach Photography
 
The Marcellus Varsity Soccer Team recorded their fourth shut-out of the season when they traveled to Saugatuck on Tuesday, September 20th and brought home a 2-0 win.

The first half remained scoreless.  Howie Holston and Dustin Nielson scored for the Wildcats in the second half.

Assists:

T.J. Hartzell-2, Mason Morales and Dalton Brown-1 each.  

Shots on goal:

Dalton Brown and T.J. Hartzell-5 each, Dustin Nielson, Todd Shelly and Howie Holston-3 each, Matt Garcia-2, Tyler Johnson, Mitch Kealy and Mason Morales-1 each.

\The Wildcats will travel to Bridgman on Thursday Sept. 22nd for a 5:00 pm match. And travel to Watervliet Grace Christian on Friday Sept. 23rd.
Varsity Soccer Puts Up Fourth Shut-Out
September 22, 2011

Submitted by Donna Brown

 
Varsity Soccer News
Wildcats Split Two Games Last Week

September 26, 2011

Submitted by:
Donna Brown
 
Marcellus vs. Bridgman
Marcellus vs. Watervliet
Varsity Soccer News
Wildcats Split Two Games Last Week

September 26, 2011

Submitted by:
Donna Brown
 
Marcellus vs. Bridgman
Marcellus vs. Watervliet
Varsity Soccer News
Wildcats Split Two Games Last Week

September 26, 2011

Submitted by:
Donna Brown
 
Marcellus vs. Bridgman
Marcellus vs. Watervliet
Marcellus traveled to Bridgman on Thursday, September 22 and came  home a 0-2 loss. The loss was the first in five games for the Wildcats. Marcellus and Bridgman generated equal amount of scoring oppurtunities 16-16.

Shots on goal:

Dalton Brown 5, Todd Shelly and Howie Holston 4 each, Dustin Nielson, T.J. Hartzell and Mason Morales 1 each.

Scoring for Bridgman: Kyle Rotondo 2.



The Wildcats returned to action on Friday, September 23 on the road against Watervliet Grace Christian and brought home a 5-0 win. 

The win pushed Marcellus into a 3-1 standing in the conference and 9-2-1 overall.

Since returning from knee surgery and entering into his second game of the season,  Mason Morales scored his first hat-trick of the season. 

Shots on goal:

Dalton Brown and T.J. Hartzell 7 each, Todd Shelly, Howie Holston and Mason Morales 5 each, Tyler Johnson, Dustin Nielson and Allen Butchnbaker 3 each, Melissa Smith and Mitch Kealy 1 each.

Goals:

Mason Morales 3, T.J Hartzell and Josiah Wildes 1 each.  Assists: Howie Holston 4, Dalton Brown 2, Allen Butchbaker and T.J. Hartzell 1 each.
Varsity Soccer News
Wildcats Split Two Games Last Week

September 26, 2011

Submitted by:
Donna Brown
 
Marcellus vs. Bridgman
Marcellus vs. Watervliet
Wildcats Stymied
Lose To Panthers 7-48

September 23, 2011
Marcellus Michigan.Org Exclusive
by: Jeffrey Surach
Photo by:
Halee Surach Photography
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MARCELLUS  (Marcellus MIchigan.Org) The Marcellus Wildcats looked to bounce back into the win column on Friday against the Watervliet Panthers, but found themselves on the short end of a 7-48 loss on their home field.

The Wildcats came into the first quarter with a spark.  After a 3 and out on their first possession the Wildcats gave up one quick first down, but collected themselves and forced the Panthers to punt shortly thereafter.

The home team began their second drive on their own 14 yard line.  Remi Goodrich ran for 2 yards to open and Marcus Pompey followed with a 7 yard run.  Goodrich then popped off a nice 8 yard run a couple of plays later.  With a big personal foul penalty on the Panthers, Mason New found a nice gap and gobbled up 18 yards to the Watervliet 33 yard line.  Pompey then ran the next 3 straight runs, but the Panther defense would not bend.

Following a Wildcat holding penalty Remi Goodrich dropped back and connected with Mike Ellis for a beautiful 44 yard touchdown pass.  The extra point kick by Connor Makowski was good!  The Wildcats led 7-0 with 3:53 left in the first quarter.  Watervliet bounced back quickly with their next possession.  They managed to score in 5 plays and with 2:54 remaining in the first quarter it was tied up at 7-7. Marcellus had a few more possessions in the second quarter but could not seem to crack the Panther defense. Watervliet scored twice in the second quarter, leaving the field with a half-time score of 21-7.

The Wildcats kicked off to begin the second half and came up with a couple of nice plays.  Garett Collins deflected a Panther pass and on the ensuing play, Seth Robinson came up with a fumble recovery on the Watervliet 37 yard line.

Jared Jones had a nice 8 yard gain to start and Mason New and Remi Goodrich followed it up with enough to gain a first down inside the Panther 30 yard line.  A couple of plays later Mason New busted off a nice 14 yard gain with some good blocking from the guys in the trenches.  The Wildcats were now sitting at the Panthers 10 yard line.  Marcus Pompey and Jared Jones ended up with 4 positive plays inside the 10 yard line.  Goodrich threw a short pass to Jared Jones who broke outside and was shoved out of bounds at the Watervliet 1 yard line, stalling the drive.

Three plays later the Panthers connected for a 97 yard pass play resulting in a touchdown.  The extra point was no good.  The Panthers were on top 27-7.  The Marcellus offense had trouble breaking the Watervliet defense for the remainder of the game and  the Panthers offense came up with a handful of big plays to put the game away.

Official Game Stats:
Contributed by Darcie Walden

Offense:

Remi Goodrich had 6 rushing attempts for 27 yards.  He also had his best throwing night, completing 7 of 11 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Mike Ellis had 2 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.

Marcus Pompey added 16 carries for 34 yards and had 97 all-purpose yards.

Mason New had 10 carries for 36 yards and Jared Jones had 8 carries for 23 yards.

Defense:

Marcus Pompey, had 5 tackles;  Jared Jones and Mason New had 3 tackles a piece;  Seth Vantilburg, Tony Reed, Jake High, Eric Reed and Justin Scoggin each added 2 tackles.

Seth Robinson had 1 tackle and a fumble recovery.  Garett Collins had 1 tackle and a pass deflection.  Mike Ellis, Joe Shelton, Remi Goodrich, Jake Reuter and John Bailey each added a tackle.

The Wildcats will be in Lawton next Friday at 7:00 p.m..  Come on out and cheer on your Wildcats!
Remi Goodrich #4
Offensive Player Of The Week

Remi had 6 rushing attempts for 27 yards and he also completd 7 of 11 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Watervliet Game Last Week
Marcus Pompey #42
Defensive Player Of The Week

Marcus had 5 solo tackles in the Watervliet Game Last Week
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September 28, 2011
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Marcellus Soccer Team
Shuts Out Rival Lawton 3 To 0

September 26, 2011

Submitted by Donna Brown
First half goals by Todd Shelly and T.J. Hartzell and a follow up second half goal by Hartzell, with 2 assists from Dalton Brown,  was all that was needed as the Marcellus Varsity Soccer Team downed the visiting Lawton Blue Devils 3-0 in the conference match.

The Wildcats outshot the Blue Devils 31-18.
Shots on goal:

Dalton Brown 10, T.J. Hartzell 7, Mason Morales 4, Connor Makowski and Dustin Nielson 3 each, Howie Holston and Todd Shelly 2 each.

The Wildcats will shift their focus to the September 28th conference match against hosting Gobles Tigers.

The Marcellus vs. Lawton result keeps Marcellus (4-1) tied for conference first place with Hartford (4-1) and Bangor (4-1). With a three way tie, the SAC league winner will be determined by the difference of "goals for" and "goals against."

Hartford will be taking on Lawton September 28th and Bangor will be battling it out with a make-up raindate match against Saugatuck. 
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Big Plays Power 7th & 8th Grade to Victory!
September 29, 2011

By Jeff Surach
Photos by:
Halee Surach Photography
MARCELLUS- (MARCELLUS MICHIGAN.ORG EXCLUSIVE) If ESPN had been covering the Marcellus vs Lawton matchup here on Wednesday evening they may have had their Top 10 Play Segment filled with Marcellus plays.

On the opening play from the line of scrimmage the Wildcats Tyson New picked off a Lawton pass.  After a big 28 yard run down to the Lawton 1 yard line New punched it in from 1 yard out for the game’s first score.  New also converted the two point conversion for an 8-0 Wildcat lead.  Lawton put together their own scoring drive and tied the score up at 8-8.  The Cats would get another big play; Keshawn Buck busted through the middle of the Lawton punt formation and blocked the punt, setting up the Wildcats well inside Lawton territory.  The Cats did not convert on this drive and  at the half it was tied up at 8-8.

The Wildcats came out of the intermission with some serious attitude and determination.  Adam Reed hit Tyson New on an 84 yard pass play to open the third quarter, making the score 16-8 with a good two point conversion.  Shortly thereafter the Wildcats Bailey Young popped Jared Wymes of Lawton jarring the ball loose and Taylor Sonnevil came up with the ball.   A few plays later on a half back pass Tyson New hit Taylor Sonnevil who out jumped the Lawton defender in the end zone.  The score was 22-8.  A couple of drives later, with Lawton punting the ball, the snap sailed over the punters head.  The Cats ganged up and brought the punter down.  Andrew Romig capped off the second half for the Cats with a 24 yard jaunt.  Andrew also handled the two point conversion to complete the second half explosion.

Offensively for the Wildcats, Tyson New had 9 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown.  He had 1 reception for 84 yards and a touchdown.  Tyson also completed 1 pass for 18 yards and a touchdown.  Taylor Sonnevil had 2 receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown.  Andrew Romig had 3 rushing attempts for 27 yards and a touchdown.  Nate Porter had 5 rushing attempts for 11 yards.  Adam Reed had 4 rushing attempts for 11 yards and he was 3 of 5 passing for 94 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Defensively for the Wildcats, Esden Stafne had 5 tackles, 4 of which totaled 19 yards in lost yardage.  Bailey Young had 5 tackles, 2 of which totaled 27 yards in lost yardage and a forced fumble.  Taylor Sonnevil had 2 tackles, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery.  Andrew Romig had 2 tackles, 1 being a sack.  Grant McNally and Michael Hiscock each had 2 tackles as well.  Austin Sonnevil had a fumble recovery.  Tyson New had 1 tackle, a pass deflection and an interception.  Keshawn Buck had a blocked punt and a recovery.

Next Wednesday, October 5 the Middle School Wildcats take on Hartford in a 5:00 away game.  Come cheer them on to another victory!
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Pompey & Jones Rush For Nearly 300 Yards
Defense Short Circuits In 41-12 Loss To Lawton

September 30, 2011
Marcellus Michigan.Org Exclusive
by: Jeffrey Surach
Photos by:
Halee Surach Photography
Lawton- The Marcellus Wildcats took to the road Friday night looking for win number three on the season.  What they walked away with was a 41-12 loss at the hands of the Lawton Bluedevils.  Marcellus received the ball to start the game.  Under a massive, bright rainbow over the packed field the Cats looked to find that pot of gold, known as a touchdown.

The Wildcats began their first drive at their own 31 yard line and methodically moved down the field behind Marcus Pompey’s 43 yards.  The Cats managed to gobble up 8:42 off the clock but would come up empty on a fourth and three at the Lawton 9 yard line.  A Goodrich pass went just off the fingertips of Mike Ellis.

The two teams exchanged one drive a piece before Lawton found the end zone behind Chris Withrow running for a 44 yard touchdown at the 7:04 mark of the second quarter.   This made the score 7-0, with Lawton in the lead.  Following the extra point the Wildcats had two more opportunities in the first half but came up short.  The score at the half remained 7-0.

Following the intermission the Bluedevils wasted no time in getting going.  Brandon St. Clair took the Wildcat kickoff back for a touchdown.  The extra point attempt was no good and  Lawton led 13-0.

Marcellus began the next drive from their own 16 yard line.  Mason New got the running game started with a 4 yard gain.  Marcus Pompey followed with a 5 yards more, Jared Jones for 4 yards, New again for 2 yards and Pompey ripped off a 69 yard touchdown jaunt.  The extra point attempt was no good and the score was 13-6, Lawton was up at the 8:59 mark of the third quarter.  On the ensuing kickoff the Wildcats jarred the ball loose and Conner Makowski came up with the football.  The Cats were sitting nicely at mid-field.  After a short run by Jones, Pompey reeled off another large gain of 22 yards, down to the Lawton 25 yard line.  The drive was stalled.  On Lawton’s next possession the Bluedevils marched right down the field and the drive was capped off with a 32 yard Chris Withrow run.  The extra point attempt was no good.  The score at the 2:11 mark in the third quarter was 19-6.

The Cats would bounce back, beginning on their own 30 yard line Mason New ran for 5 yards to start.  Jared Jones then scrambled down the Wildcat sideline for 50 of his 83 yards for the night, helping to set up Remi Goodrich for a quarterback sneak, and a Wildcat touchdown!  At the 11:24 mark in the fourth quarter the score was 19-12.  Marcellus kicked the ball off and two plays later the Bluedevils Brandon St. Clair ran 50 yards for a touchdown and the two point conversion was good.  With 10:35 remaining in the game Lawton held the lead at 27-12.  On the next drive Marcellus set up their Wildcat formation with Jones at quarterback.  Jones ran for 5 yards and Marcus Pompey busted off 17 of his 215 total yards on the game.  Mason New tacked on 5 more yards and the Cats seemed to be on the move again until a Jones fumble stalled the Cats effort.  Lawton would get two more touchdowns in the final minutes of the game.

Official Stats:
Contributed by Darcie Walden

Offensively:

Marcus Pompey, had an impressive 215 yards on 32 carries, and a touchdown; Jared Jones, 83 yards on 14 carries; Mason New, 29 yards on 8 carries and Remi Goodrich, 12 yards on 6 carries and a touchdown

The guys in the trenches should also get credit.  It’s no accident when the guys in the back-field run for over 300 yards collectively; the one’s up front are doing something right!

Defensively:

Seth Robinson, 5 tackles and a fumble recovery; Brandon Pierce, 5 tackles; Jared Jones and Jake Reuter, 4 tackles a piece; Justin Scoggin, Tony Reed, Mason New, Mike Ellis and Garett Collins added 3 tackles a piece; Dylan Swartz and Cody Mahorter, 2 tackles a piece and Marcus Pompey and Eric Reed, 1 tackle a piece

It’s Homecoming Week for the Wildcats this Friday!  They will play host to Hartford at 7:00.  Come and enjoy the festivities and cheer our Wildcats on to victory!
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