ST. IGNACE-The Hillman football team fell behind early during a Division 8 predistrict game on Friday and spent the rest of the night playing catch up, losing to the Saints 60-19.
"The first quarter got away from us. We came out and shot ourselves in the foot with some early mistakes," Hillman coach Bill Koenig said. "St. Ignace showed us why their one of the top teams in the state. But the boys didn't put their heads down even when the game got out of hand and they played with a lot of heart."
Kenny Kolcan had 124 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown for the Tigers (5-5). Quarterback Ty Jones was 8-of-21 for 160 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Mason VanPamel in the second quarter.
VanPamel had 121 yards on four catches and Mike Klein scored on a 15-yard run for Hillman late in the fourth quarter. Klein led Hillman defensively with eight tackles.
Beal City 68, Mio 15
BEAL CITY-The Mio football team lost its rematch with Beal City on Friday night, dropping a Division 8 predistrict game to the Aggies 68-15.
Mio quarterback Brad Rhoads was sacked eight times by a relentless Beal City defense, which shut out the Thunderbolts (7-3) in three quarters, including 32-0 in the second half.
Mio fell behind 15-0 after one quarter and scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. After a 33-yard interception return by Chaun Obermiller, Brian Watson put Mio on the board with a 16-yard run for a score with 8:39 left in the half. The Thunderbolts converted on the two-point conversion with a pass from Seth Thomey to Colton McGregor.
Bryson Devers added a one-yard rushing touchdown for Mio with 1:06 left in the half and Rhoads kicked the PAT.
Mio trailed 36-15 at halftime and never found the endzone in the second half.
Rhoads was 8-of-21 through the air for 92 yards with three interceptions. Scott Blamer had 30 yards on five carries and Watson had 28 yards on four carries.
Jacob Lentz had two fumble recoveries for the Thunderbolts.
The loss marked the final game for seven Mio seniors who helped lead the Thunderbolts to a North Star League North Star Division title this season.
"We had an outstanding group of seniors who led throughout the season and in the offseason. They were part of so much success," Mio assistant Ryan Rondo said.
Beal City will play Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart next week after the Irish defeated Coleman 28-21.
Rapid River 60, Posen 25
RAPID RIVER-The Posen football team's season came to an end with a 60-25 loss to Rapid River in an 8-man predistrict game on Friday.
The Vikings finished the season with a 4-6 record.
Further details will be available in a future edition of The Alpena News.