November 1, 2009
2011 prospect Ethan Wirth shines in playoffs
In an unseasonably warm but rainy Division 4 playoff opener, the Williamston Hornets earned their first ever playoff victory defeating Battle Creek Pennfield 42-6. Led by CMU target and 2011 OL prospect Ethan Wirth, the Hornets racked up 339 yards rushing and 5 rushing touchdowns. Running back and Grand Valley State target Reggie Duncan led all rushers with 143 yards and 2 touchdowns while also catching a 48 yard touchdown pass. Quarterback Dylan Shultz did a great job of running the offense and ball security in what was a wet and slippery field. With the win, Williamston will travel to Marshall next week who defeated Lansing Catholic Central.
Williamston head coach Steve Kersten was very happy with the victory but realizes there is still work to do and they must be ready for a very good Marshall team next week.
"It's nice to get this win but we can celebrate later, we are right where we want to be and its time to start preparing for next week. We can't get to preoccupied with this win and were going to need the same intensity for the next game" said Kersten.
The Hornets came out and gave one of their more impressive rushing performances of the year against a team only allowing 11 points a game.
"We got to give a lot of credit to Ethan Wirth and the offensive line; they were opening holes all night long for Reggie Duncan and Dylan Shultz. I can't say enough about how we prepared and the kids came out ready" said Kersten.
CMU prospect Ethan Wirth played effectively on both sides of the ball and chipped in with a fumble recovery on defense. The 6-foot-6 and 245 pound Wirth has great size and a terrific work ethic, a combination that will make him one of the top offensive linemen in the state next season.
"I am excited to get this win for coach Kersten, but we're not satisfied yet. We have realized that anything is possible and we need to keep working hard like we have all season. The scout team this week did a great job in preparing us and I know we'll be ready for the next game" Said Wirth.
Right now Wirth is hearing from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Michigan State and has attended a couple CMU games already this season.
"I like CMU a lot and they are definitely high on my list, I like the coaching staff, facilities and CMU is a place I'm going to be looking more into" said Wirth.
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