Scott's 4 touchdowns lead Muskegon CC to second consecutive Division 8 state championship


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DETROIT — Tommy Scott's four touchdowns Friday at Ford Field in Detroit led Muskegon Catholic Central to a 31-6 win over Munising and the school's second consecutive Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 8 state championship.

The Crusaders (14-0) ran their winning streak to 26 games, while taking the 10th state title in school history.

Scott had 191 all-purpose yards, including 92 yards rushing on 21 carries. Three of the senior's touchdowns came on second-half runs, while the fourth was a MHSAA championship game record 99-yard kickoff return.

Scott accounted for all of his team's touchdowns, despite feeling a bit stuffed from Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner. He vomited on the sidelines during the first half Friday and felt better.

"I wasn't going to let that stop me in the state championship game," Scott said.

His score on the kickoff return came after Muskegon Catholic Central trailed for the first time this season.

Munising (12-2) got a 74-yard touchdown pass from Austin Kelto to Andy Cooper on the game's third play from scrimmage. The extra point was blocked.

"We didn't give up a point in the first quarter this year and we give up a touchdown on the third play," Muskegon CC coach Steve Czerwon said.

Scott's ensuing touchdown and the extra point made the score 7-6 and limited the amount of time the Crusaders have trailed this season to 13 seconds.

"It was huge to get the momentum back after they took it," Scott said.

Muskegon Catholic Central gradually wore down Munising after that.

"Heckuva game the first two-and-a-half quarters. We did a great job of containing them," Mustangs coach Jeff Seaberg said. "We got tired in the second half. Not enough subs to bring in. They ground us down and imposed their will on us."

Griffin Seymour kicked a 25-yard field goal with 2:37 left in the first half to stretch the Crusaders lead to 10-6.

Scott then took over on the ground by running for touchdowns of 1 and 30 yards in the third quarter, and 9 yards in the fourth.

"To do this with this set of guys feels great," Scott said. "Just great to come out with the win."

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