Bobcats vs. Bearcats: How they Match up

Whiteford (13-0) vs. Ubly (13-0)

Game: Division 8 state finals

When: 10 a.m. Friday at Ford Field in Detroit

Whiteford playoff history: The Bobcats are 30-21 all-time in the postseason with all but five of those wins coming in the last 10 years. This will be the Bobcats’ third state championship game. The others include a loss to Muskegon Catholic Central in 2016 and a 42-21 win over Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central in 2017.

Ubly playoff history: Ubly reached the playoffs every year from 2001 to 2012, missed in 2013-14 and have been in every year since. Ubly has reached the state championship game twice – both losses – in 2008 and 2020.

Ubly statistical leaders: Mark Heilig 120 rushes for 1,254 yards and 29 touchdowns, 77 tackles and three interceptions on defense; Evan Peruski 69 rushes for 1,165 yards and 20 touchdowns, 15 of 21 passing for 312 yards and six touchdowns, 3 interceptions on defense, one punt return touchdown; Aiden Mackowiak 89 rushes for 943 yards and 13 touchdowns, 121 tackles on defense; Seth Maurer 70 rushes for 714 yards and 12 touchdowns; Luke Volmering 9 catches for 170 yards and four touchdowns; Brett Mueller 84 of 87 extra points, one field goal; Canden Peruski 121 tackles on defense.

Whiteford statistical leaders: Jake Iott 137 rushes for 1,121 yards and 21 touchdowns and 36 two-point conversions; 189 tackles on defense, including 14 tackles for loss; Hunter DeBarr 133 rushes for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns, 16 receptions for 361 yards and seven touchdowns; Shea Ruddy 58-for-97 passing for 1,129 yards and 19 touchdowns, 81 rushes for 725 yards and 17 touchdowns, one kickoff return touchdown, 64 tackles and 18 passes broken-up on defense; Ryin Ruddy 15 receptions for 279 yards and eight touchdowns, 113 tackles with four pass interceptions on defense; Kolby Masserant 18 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns, 4 interceptions on defense; Seamus Waterford 9 quarterback sacks.

Ubly Head Coach Eric Sweeney, third year, 35-4: “We’ve had a real good year. We haven’t had many close games and neither has Whiteford. I feel like the two best teams are here.”

Whiteford Head Coach Todd Thieken, first year, 13-0: “On film they show up as a very physical team. I think in a lot of ways both teams are similar. While our schemes are a bit different, our philosophy and personnel are in many ways carbon copies of each other.  We are excited to be back and Ford Field, and we will prepare hard for this tremendous challenge in front of us.”

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