State title implications for Trojans, Wykons this week at Superior Dome

Forest Park and West Iron County are off to the Superior Dome in Marquette.

The Trojans are seeking their fourth state football championship and the first in eight-player Division 2. The Wykons, who trimmed Frankfort 35-20 in a Divison 8 semifinal Saturday, will be gunning for their first trip to the state finals since 1977.

Forest Park (9-2) and Portland St. Patrick (11-1) will collide at 2 p.m. EST Saturday in the eight-player Division 2 state championship.

In the semifinals, Forest Park edged Pickford 36-34 and Portland St Patrick topped Kinde-North Huron 33-14. The Smith brothers, Ned and Isaiah, scored four touchdowns to send Portland St. Patrick to a state title game for a third time and the first in eight-player.

Forest Park’s rich football history shows Class D state titles in 1975 and 1976, and a Division 8 state title in 2007.

The eight-player Division 1 final features Central Lake (12-0) and Deckerville (11-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Superior Dome. Central Lake downed Stephenson 54-20 in the semifinals.

The Wykons (11-1) and unbeaten Saginaw Nouvel (12-0) will clash at 7 p.m. Friday at the Superior Dome in a Division 8 state semifinal.

Tate Hausbeck, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior quarterback, threw for three scores in Nouvel’s 54-34 semifinal win over Alcona. Running back Joshua Kuligowski added 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

The winner will face Ottawa Lake Whiteford (12-0) or Mendon (12-0) for the state crown.

Escanaba (10-2) will be out of the UP for a Division 4 state semifinal, facing defending state champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central (12-0) at Traverse City’s Thirlby Field on Saturday.

The other Division 4 semifinal pits River Rouge (10-2) and Edwardsburg (11-1) on Saturday.

Escanaba defeated Williamston 39-21 for its first regional title since 1981. The Eskymos rushed for 349 yards, with Logan Carroll rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns and Scout Wunder adding 122 yards and two scores.

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