W-P clinches playoff berth
WHITTEMORE-PRESCOTT — Whittemore-Prescott didn't want to take any chances on having to win at Tawas Area next week just to make the state playoffs.
So the Cardinals took care of business at home against Montrose on Friday, Oct. 17, pulling away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 27-13 victory that earned them their sixth win of the season.
"Our boys played with a lot of enthusiasm tonight," said W-P coach Kevin Frederick. "Our offense started slow, but after a few adjustments we started getting our running game going."
Austin Swanson's 25-yard run just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter and Ackerman's 10-yard run with 2:05 left wrapped it up for the Cards.
"Our defense did some really good things tonight," Frederick said. "We had pressure on their quarterback and forced them into some bad situations."
Montrose scored first, but W-P tied it up on a 4-yard pass from Swanson to Tristan Kohlhoff in the second period.
Ackerman led the Cards with 72 yards rushing on 16 carries, with Swanson completing 5-of-15 passes for 37 yards.
W-P (6-2) ended Montrose's (3-5) string of 21 straight winning seasons with the win. It was also the first rematch of the two schools since the 1998 Class CC state championship game that Montrose won 21-14.
The Cards face a big test at Tawas Area (5-3) on Friday. Tawas needs a win to earn themselves a playoff spot after surviving their contest at Alcona 20-18.