Defense, Fugate fuel Catholic Central state semifinal win

Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Escanaba
Grand Rapids Catholic Central players shake hands with players from Escanaba following the Cougars' Division 4 state semifinal in Traverse City on Nov. 18, 2017.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WOOD) — Nolan Fugate scored three touchdowns and Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s defense pitched a shutout as the Cougars blanked Escanaba, 24-0 Saturday afternoon at Thirby Field in Traverse City.

The Cougars led 3-0 in the second quarter when Fugate scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 10-0.

Jaylen Mayfield recovered a fumble on the Eskymos’ ensuing drive. That set up a Fugate 1-yard touchdown run and it was 17-0 at halftime.

Catholic Central then scored its final touchdown of the game on the opening drive of the second half. Fugate scored on another one yard touchdown run to cap the scoring at 24-0.

Improving to 13-0, Catholic Central advances to play in the Division 4 state title game versus Edwardsburg.

“It’s awesome,’ Catholic Central head coach Todd Kolster said. “Look at these guys. They’ve put so much time in to it and to see them as excited as they are for this win is pretty special.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.

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