Whiteford to take on D1 team from Kalamazoo Friday in the woods

By DOUG DONNELLY

The Whiteford Bobcats will host the biggest school to ever play a high school football game at Whiteford stadium Friday when the Kalamazoo Loy Norrix Knights visits Ottawa Lake.

The 5-1, No. 3 ranked Bobcats play the 0-6 Knights. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

“We will have to match their physicality,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said. “They have some really fast skill guys and will be a tough matchup. I’m interested to see how we compete with how physical they are.”

One thing the Whiteford coaching staff knows about Loy Norrix is the Knights like to pass. So far this season, Loy Norrix has completed 86 of 174 passes for 1,097 yards and 10 touchdowns. In last week’s loss to Benton Harbor, Knight senior quarterback Tyler Roberts completed 20 of 32 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

The Knights are coached by Lorenzo Robertson, a City of Detroit firefighter and football coach since the early 1990s.

The Bobcats are coming off its first shutout since 2018 when they beat Pittsford 54-0 in Week 6. Whiteford is currently ranked No. 5 among all Division 8 schools in playoff points and has all but clinched a playoff berth. A win over the Division 1 Knights would more than cement that playoff berth.

Whiteford is getting production from several players heading into Friday’s game. Cole Giesige leads the charge with 599 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, which is tops in the Monroe County Region. Shea Ruddy will be making his 27th career start at quarterback and has 689 yards and nine touchdowns through the air.

Seven different Bobcat receivers have caught passes this season from Ruddy, and five different players have caught at least one touchdown pass.

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