By John Johnson
MHSAA Director of Broadcast Properties
FOX Sports Detroit on Friday will air a series of “Classic” games from the MHSAA Football Finals, including the longest game in Finals history.
Here’s the complete schedule:
Noon - 1998 Class AA Final: Detroit Catholic Central vs. Rockford – Catholic Central repeats in Class AA with a 27-23 victory. Rockford took a 23-14 lead into the fourth quarter before the Shamrocks got a nine-yard touchdown run from Casey Rogowski on the first play of the segment. With 5:04 to play, a 70-yard pass play from Dave Lusky to Derek Anderson scored the winning points.
2:30 p.m. - 2000 Division 1 Final: Grand Ledge vs. Utica Eisenhower – One of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the Finals, as Grand Ledge scores twice in the final minute to capture the Division 1 title, 19-14. The Comets drove 80 yards in eight plays, capped by a five-yard scoring run by quarterback Matt Bohnet with 53 seconds to go, but failed on the two-point conversion which would have given them the lead. Grand Ledge recovered the ensuing onside kick, and two plays later, Bohnet hit Tim George with a 45-yard touchdown pass with 22 ticks left on the clock for the game winner.
4:30 p.m. - 2006 Division 2 Final: Muskegon vs. Warren De La Salle Collegiate – These two teams went back and forth, with the fourth lead change going Muskegon’s way en route to a 32-30 win for the Big Reds. Ronald Johnson opened the scoring for Muskegon by returning a De La Salle fumble 36 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and then delivered the winning blow on the first play of the fourth quarter, catching a Chris Crawford pass for a 47-yard scoring play. Crawford rushed for 228 yards and passed for 137.
7 p.m. - 2007 Division 3 Final: East Grand Rapids vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s – After ending regulation tied at 14-14, these two teams went for five overtimes before East emerged as a 46-39 winner. During regulation, Joe Glendening scored twice on runs of 68 and eight yards; and in overtime, he scored in the fourth and fifth extra periods.
Some portions of the games may be edited out due to time constraints.