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  • James Townsend

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.


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