What a great match-up we were treated to this week. Two undefeated teams, but more importantly, two very tough and well coached teams. It looked bad for Zeeland West early, as they went down 14-0 at halftime. It was 22-8 late in the 3rd quarter when the Dux stormed back to cut it to 22-16. Muskegon then took charge behind 158 yards rushing by FB Ashton Leggett, 140 rushing yards by QB Chris Crawford, and 83 yards receiving by Ronald Johnson. A Johnson fumble recovery and interception would seal the 35-23 victory.
Zeeland West turned the ball over twice in the red zone and was stopped on 4th down on two other red zone trips. Had they capitalized, the game may have turned out differently.
RoJo was obviously the focus again though. Scouts from several schools were on hand, including USC's Brendan Carroll (Pete's son). Ronald did not disappoint. He had three receptions for 83 yards including one deep ball. He also made a big time play on a two point conversion where he ran a fade and out-jumped the DB for the ball. He also had 10 tackles, a pass breakup, the INT, and the fumble recovery on defense.
Johnson's brother Corey played safety right next to him for the first time. Though he had little defensive experience, the younger Johnson played very well. He showed great instincts and tackling ability. He was given credit for five tackles on the evening and had great coverage on a couple other plays.
As we've mentioned before, the Johnson brothers are not Muskegon's only prospects. Juniors Carlin Landingham (OT), Rickie Crosby (DE) and Bobby Miller (CB) all had solid performances yet again. Earlier in the summer, we mentioned quarterback as a possible problem area for the Big Reds, but Crawford is coming into his own. Though only a junior, he is a fine athlete with good speed and a solid arm. However, he must improve his accuracy and command of the offense to escape being moved to WR or DB as a recruit.
On the Zeeland West side of things, watch out for FB Andy Plaska. Plaska only had 14 carries but rambled for 130 yards against the strong Big Red defense. He has excellent speed and is a solid cornerback on defense as well. He is a sleeper to keep an eye on.
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