Portland Football tops Berrien Springs to finish regular season undefeated
On Friday night, the Portland Raider football squad hosted the Shamrocks of Berrien Springs for both teams regular season finale.
In the opening quarter, Portland senior running back Conner Thelen scored on a five-yard touchdown run. Senior kicker Aiden Pulling connected on the extra point giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Thelen would find the endzone a second time, this time on a eight yard run. Junior quarterback Dominic Novara also threw for two passing touchdowns in the second, one being a 70-yard pass to junior receiver Christopher Battley, and the other an eight-yard pass to junior running back Evan Gross. Pulling made good on all three extra point attempts in the quarter, giving Portland a 28-0 first half lead.
In the fourth quarter of the contest, the Raiders would score two more times. The first was a 29-yard pass from Novara to Battley, with Pulling connecting on the point after. The second was on a 40-yard punt return by senior Conner Kazamer, with Gross successfully completing the two-point conversion.
The Raiders would win 43-0, and finish the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record.
Portland Rushing Totals
Barrett Brennan 3 for 8
Caden Thelen 7 for 62
Connor Thelen 6 for 40, 2 TD's
Brody Moore 2 for 0
Conner Kazamer 4 for 28
Caden Lockwood 1 for 2
Mason McGregor 1 for 3
Jacob Farley 1 for 0
Keaton McGregor 1 for 7
Portland Passing Totals
Dominic Novara 8 for 8, 209 yards, 3 TD's
Portland Receiving Totals
Christopher Battley 4 for 108, 2 TD's
Conner Kazamer 1 for 31
Evan Gross 4 for 70, 1 TD
Portland Defensive Leaders
Tyler Smith 9 tackles
AJ Weber 8 tackles
Mark Meyers 8 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
The Raiders will find out who they will face in the first round of the playoffs at 6:00 PM on Sunday. They will very likely host the first-round game on Friday at 7:00 PM. After 7:00 PM on Sunday, you can find the full pairings on the MHSAA website HERE.