November 30, 2008
Max Bullough helps TCSF to title
In a game that showcased just how good a player the Michigan State Spartans have coming, Max Bullough did a little bit of everything to help Traverse City Saint Francis High School reclaim the Division 7 State Title. The 6-foot3, 225-pound Bullough made plays on offense, defense and special teams as the Gladiators defeated Ubly High School 41-13.Spartan class of 2009 WR commitment Bennie Fowler had an outstanding game against Holland Christian High School, but it was not enough in a 35-20 loss. Fowler accounted for 160 all-purpose yards in the loss. Fowler carried the ball 11 times for 76 yards on the ground and caught 5 passes for 84-yards. Country Day finished the season 11-3, while Holland Christian remained unbeaten at 14-0
On defense Bullough excelled form his linebacker spot by racking up a game high 15 tackles against potent Ubly attack. On offense Bullough caught a pass for a two point conversion and on special team he was perfect on PAT, going 3 for 3.
Ubly's offensive formation is designed to make it difficult for the middle linebacker to make plays. Ubly used a double tight end T formation which essentially allows for another blocker in the run game. The Nebraska Cornhuskers used a similar formation effective during the Tommie Frazier era. However, Ubly had not faced a front as effective as Saint Francis' or a linebacker with as much speed and scraping ability as Bullough.
The championship was Saint Francis's 3rd in the last 6 years in Division.
In other games:
Fellow Spartan recruits ATH Cameron Gordon and QB Devin Gardner lost to East Grand Rapids by a score of 43-24. Both Gordon (2009) and Gardner (2010) have Michigan State scholarship offers. EGR features 2010 TE prospect Colin Voss.
2010 RB/S recruit Chris Robinson of Ovid Elsie High School saw his team fall to Muskegon Oakridge 26-14. Robinson suffered a sprained ankle in the contest and was limited to 117-yards on 14 carries. Robinson fined his junior year with 2,844 rushing yards, third best in Michigan history.
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