2017-10-11 / Sports

Lapeer playoff berth in the balance

BY KYLEE RICHARDSON
810-452-2632 • krichardson@mihomepaper.com


Lapeer’s Jalen Kirkland tucks and prepares to fend off Davison defenders at Davison Friday. 
Photos by Joe Oster Lapeer’s Jalen Kirkland tucks and prepares to fend off Davison defenders at Davison Friday. Photos by Joe Oster MIDLAND — A fourth consecutive Lapeer varsity football playoff berth is still hanging in the balance after Friday's clumsy 35-17 loss to Davison. Lapeer hadn’t lost since Week One against Clarkston. The Lightning will travel to a 6-1 Midland on Friday, which remains the only undefeated team in Saginaw Valley League- Red play. Midland also handed Davison’s its only loss of the season on Sept. 29.

Lapeer continued to make numerous mistakes against Davison Friday and its inexperience showed greatly against the Cardinals. Those missteps were a huge contributing factor to the loss. Multiple drives continued to be killed by penalties and bad snaps that caused quarterback Brady Apple to lose the ball and yardage on the recovery.

Apple put up only 133 yards on 11 completed passes Friday. Lapeer’s ground game also suffered this week, as the Lightning racked up only 145 yards rushing, which is significantly less than past weeks. Jalen Kirkland once again accounted for the majority of those and put up Lapeer’s only two touchdowns, both rushing scores.


Lapeer’s Brady Apple calls his own number against Davison Friday, looking to gain valuable yardage. Lapeer’s Brady Apple calls his own number against Davison Friday, looking to gain valuable yardage. Defeating Midland could be a tough feat for the Lightning, but Lapeer could easily give Midland a run for its money if they turn things around and are on top of their game. Lapeer will have to be at its best as the final two weeks of the season will be no easy task with Carman-Ainsworth, 5-2, in Week Nine as Lapeer continues to seek its elusive sixth win in hopes of making it to the playoffs.

Lapeer and Midland go head-to-head at Midland at 7 p.m. Friday.

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