Michigan Commits Shine in Playoffs

Bad weather kept GoBlueWolverine off the video trail last week. We'll hit the road again this weekend to catch more Michigan recruits in action. In the meantime, here are a few of the more notable performances by a few Wolverine commits last week.

Whitehall was away this past weekend facing Muskegon Orchard View, the team that had previously handed the Vikings their only loss of the season. Whitehall avenged that defeat winning this contest 13-12. That victory was due in no small part to Michigan commit, Ryan Van Bergen. With his team trailing 12-6 and Orchard View threatening to put the game out of reach in the 4th Quarter, Van Bergen intercepted a potential TD pass in the endzone. Whitehall then mounted a 91-yard drive and tied the game at 12. Van Bergen then chipped in the game winning extra point.

“We were down 12-6 at half,” VanBergen recalled.  "Our defense told the offense that we were going to shut them out in the 2nd half.  All they had to do was put points up on the board.”

In addition to his big INT, Van Bergen also contributed 10 tackles to Whitehall's strong defensive effort. On offense he had two receptions for 60 yards and one carry for three yards. The Vikings are home this week against Coopersville. Go Blue Wolverine will have full coverage of that game and Van Bergen.

Van Bergen wasn't the only Michigan commitment that had a strong week.  Here are some notables:

The best performance might have been turned in by QB Ryan MallettThe Texas gunslinger went 16/20 for a career high 442 yards (367 in the first half) and five touchdowns in a 62-14 rout of Lindale.

It was a tough match-up for Ann Arbor Saline in Round One of the state playoffs,  as they took on Battle Creek Central. But Michigan bound FB Vince Helmuth, led the charge Hornets, rumbling for 158 yards and four TDs to lead his squad to the 48-29 victory. BCC was without star sophomore RB Larry Caper,  who was still out with a shoulder injury.

Conway, SC went to 9-1 after beating a tough Sumter (7-3) team 33-14. Junior Hemingway contributed to the win with a 28 yard TD reception. On the season, Hemingway has 53 grabs for 572 yards and eight touchdowns.

Playing at about 70% on an injured ankle, RB Avery Horn returned to the field and rushed for 185 yards on 12 carries including a 95 yard TD.

TE Commit Steve Watson turned in two TD receptions as Denver Mullen beat Overland 49-14. Be sure to check out a great article on Watson and his dad here.

Though he will be a safety at Michigan, Artis Chambers made his mark at Quarterback for Fort Wayne Snider this past weekend. Chambers ran for a TD and threw for two more as Snider beat Marion 60-0. A situation to watch…Snider and Chambers are on a collision course with Warren Central and Jerimy Finch should both teams continue their winning ways.

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