Jets set new 8-man record

LAKE LINDEN — The seemingly unstoppable North Central Jets show no signs of slowing down.

The Jets, who are defending back-to-back 8-player state titles, stretched their record for consecutive wins to 28 with a 50-0 shutout of Great Lakes Eight Conference-West rival Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes on Saturday.

The conference victory breaks the previous record of 27 consecutive wins in 8-player football also held by North Central during a streak from 2015-17, according to records posted by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

And, Saturday’s game wasn’t even as close as the score might indicate, with North Central racking up 395 yards in total offense, compared to just 75 for the host Lakes (3-2).

The visiting Jets (5-0) rocketed off to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and built a 33-0 advantage by halftime, with North Central quarterback Luke Gorzinski (8-11, 120 yards, 4 TDs) connecting on touchdown throws of 27, 10, 19 and 20 yards.

That included a pair of scoring strikes to both Dillon Raab (3 catches, 66 yards, 2 TDs), who also rushed for a touchdown before intermission, and Lane Gorzinski (3 catches, 50 yards, 2 TDs).

Again, that was before the intermission.

After the break, Luke Gorzinski caught a 38-yard touchdown from Drew Allgeyer in the third quarter.

The Jets completed their scoring binge with a 28-yard rushing touchdown by Jacob Gorzinski (2 carries, 33 yards, 1 TD) and 31-yard field goal by Adrian Mercier. Mercier was 5 of 7 on PATs on the night, with one being blocked.

Lane Gorzinski helped pace the Jets’ rushing attack with 91 yards on five carries, with Luke Gorzinski adding 64 yards on six attempts.

On the defensive side of the ball, Raab tallied a team-high nine tackles. Other Jet defenders chipping in on the win included Luke Gorzinski (7.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL), Jordan Messenger (4.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL), Andrew Webber (4 tackles, team-high 2 TFL), and both Dylan Plunger (0.5 TFL) and Allgeyer (1 TFL) with 3.5 tackles.

North Central could continue to add to its consecutive win mark when it travels to take on Stephenson (3-2) this coming Friday at 6 p.m. and then North Dickinson (0-5) on Oct. 7. Victories in both games could set up a clash of undefeated squads when the Jets host Norway (5-0) on Oct. 14.


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