By DOUG DONNELLY
OTTAWA LAKE – Logan Murphy ran for 212 yards on just 7 carries and scored three touchdowns as Whiteford built a 42-6 halftime lead and went on to beat Summerfield, 54-6.
Zach Bertz also scored three times, Bradyn Clark-Gilmore rushed for 101 yards and Thomas Eitniear threw two touchdown passes to Hunter Lake.
Murphy scored on a 73-yard rushing play on Whiteford’s first play from scrimmage. He scored twice in the final three minutes of the first half on runs of 50 and 66 yards. The 66-yard run came on the final play of the first half after the Bobcats forced the Bulldogs to punt. That score led to a running clock the entire second half.
“Logan has the ability to turn on the jets and separate himself from the defense,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said. “It was really a great start for us. He has great speed and when you have great speed, you have the ability to turn a good play into a great play.”
Murphy also caught a pass for 13 yards on what looked like a much longer gain, but he stepped out of bounds. The Whiteford junior didn’t touch the ball in the second half.
The Bobcats had 542 yards of total offense, including 460 on the ground.
“It was a hard fought football game,” Mensing said. “That first half we got a little bit of momentum and things started falling in our favor.”
Murphy was running behind a senior offensive-line that includes All-State tackle Lucas Tesznar, Jarret Atherton, Jordan Book, Alex Kohler and Jacob Lewis. Clark-Gilmore recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game.
Eitniear, Whiteford’s third-year starting quarterback completed five of six passes for 82 yards. He now has 26 career touchdown passes, two off the school record.
Abba Risley had 10 tackles to lead the Bobcat defense while Clark-Gilmore recovered a fumble.
“It’s an 11-man game and all 11 are doing a great job,” Mensing said.
The Bobcats are 3-0 and 1-0 in the Tri-County Conference. They will travel to Whitmore Lake (1-2, 0-1) Friday.
Summerfield had only 50 yards rushing but junior quarterback Brenden Zeipekis completed seven passes for 156 yards and a touchdown to Noah Cunningham. Cunningham caught five passes for 135 yards. He also led the Bulldogs with 26 rushing yards on one carry.
The Bulldogs are 2-1 (0-1 in TCC).
- The win was No. 50 for Whiteford caoch Jason Mensing at Whiteford (50-13).
- Eitniear has 26 career touchdown passes. The career record at Whiteford is 28 by Gabe LaRoy.
- In addition to his 50+ yard touchdown runs Friday against Summerfield, Murphy also had a 90-yard run against Blissfield, giving him four rushes of more than 50 yards this season.
WHITEFORD 54, SUMMERFIELD 6
W – Logan Murphy 73 run (Zach Bertz run)
W – Hunter Lake 26 pass from Thomas Eitniear (run failed)
S – Noah Cunningham 8 pass from Brenden Zeipekis (pass failed)
W – Lake 17 pass from Eitniear (run failed)
W – Bradyn Clark-Gilmore 52 run (pass failed)
W – Murphy 50 run (Matthew Taylor pass from Eitniear)
W – Murphy 66 run (Murphy run)
W – Bertz 3 run (kick failed)
W – Bertz 20 run (kick failed)