THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT December 1, 2017 Vol. 15 No. 48 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Congratulations SHS On A Great Season! SHS Football Team 2017 State Runner-Up Detroit Free Press Staff Report Saugatuck High School’s gridiron greats enjoyed a great season, but came up short in the state cham-pionship game last Saturday against reining champs Pewamo-Westphalia. The defending Division 7 state champ Pewamo-Westphalia made its third consecutive trip to Ford Field and came away with its second state title in a convincing win over Saugatuck, 21-0. But the Saugatuck Indians left it all on the field as they battled both offensively and defensively throughout the game. The Pirates finished the sea-son 13-1 after running up a season-long point differential of 532-87 over its opponents. How it happened: Pewamo-Westphalia scored all three touch-downs by halftime and maintained control in the second half by running a ball-control offense. The Pirates had 336 offensive yards gained for the game, despite losing the time of pos-session battle, while the Indians only gained 147 yards -most of those com-ing on their last drive of the game. P-W’s defense was out-standing all day, dominating the field and bending only on the last drive late in the game. Yet even that opportunity for Saugatuck was thwarted, when the Pirates’ defense stopped the Indians on four plays inside the 4-yard line, culminating with a QB sack by Noah Spitzley back at the 20. Star power: P-W quarterback Jimmy Lehman led the way with 91 yards rushing, 58 pass-ing and a touchdown on a 12-yard run in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead. P-W running back Bryce Thelen added 92 yards rushing on 17 carries for an average of 6.6 yards. Defining play: While dominating the game on the ground all morning, P-W went to the air for a 40-yard com-pletion from quarterback Jimmy Lehman to Brayden Platte to the Saugatuck 11-yard line late in the sec-ond quarter. It set up the Pirates third touchdown, a pass to Peyton Heckman for 12 yards and a 21-0 lead with 31 seconds remaining in the half. Considering Saugatuck had only gained 29 total yards on offense to that point, it seemed unlikely the Indians could come back. Stat stuffers: In the first half, P-W’s offense out-gained Saugatuck, 203-29, and moved the chains with 12 first downs compared to the Indians’ three. P-W also earned four sacks on quarterback Jackson Shriver. P-W finished with 18 first downs to Saugatuck’s 11, and com-mitted no turnovers while the P-W defense grabbed an interception by Jacob Pung and a fumble recovery by Damon Schneider. Saugatuck got hot at the right point in the season, making the playoffs with the minimum six wins before running off four consecutive victories to reach Ford Field. The Indians were state runner up in Div. 8 in 2010 as well. Saugatuck Coach Bill Dunn praised his team and the effort they put out this season, especially in rolling up the impressive playoff vic-tories that took them to Ford Field. Fans traveled both to Detroit and also showed up at local restaurant Spectators to watch the game. “We are not a large commu-nity,” says Spectators co-owner Pat Paquette. “There are not a lot of year-round residents. But the ones that live here year round fully support the ath-letic program at Saugatuck High School.