Two of the best 8-Man football teams in the state proved their worth in a fantastic Week 9 match-up.

The visiting St. Philip Fighting Tigers scored first and never relinquished the lead, as they held off the defending 8-Man champion Lawrence Tigers 47-44. St. Philip held a 17-point lead twice on the night, but were held scoreless in the final quarter for Lawrence to make a comeback with two scores.

Senior quarterback Brenden Gausselin threw for 242 yards on 11-of-17 passing with three touchdown tosses to lead St. Philip. He also scored twice on the ground, part of a 135-yard, 18-carry night. Senior David Downey also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score to go with a 45-yard touchdown reception and a 13-yard scoring run.

The St. Philip defense forced three turnovers, including a fumble that set up their first score of the night.

Not to be outdone, Lawrence senior quarterback Hunter Coombs threw five touchdown passes to go with two interceptions in his 32-of-51 night for 321 yards. He also ran 28 times for 189 yards and a score. Connor Walters-McDaniel caught 14 passes for 121 yards and three scores. Tanner Jackson had five receptions for 91 yards and two scores.

Here are the rest of the scores, including playoff berths for Lakeview and Olivet, and a three-way tie atop the SMAC East including Lakeview and Battle Creek Central.

Friday, October 23rd
Game of the Night
8-Man Football
St. Philip 47, Lawrence 44
St. Philip 9-0 - Lawrence 7-2

Battle Creek Central 43, Loy Norrix 14 (BC Central 4-5)
Lakeview 51, Gull Lake 6 (Lakeview 6-3, Gull Lake 2-7)
Lansing Everett 25, Harper Creek 7 (Harper Creek 3-65)
Olivet 49, Pennfield 26 (Olivet 6-3, Pennfield 3-6)

Bellevue 46, Three Oaks River Valley 0 (Bellevue 3-5)
Bronson 59, St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic 33 (Bronson 3-6)
Climax-Scotts 35, New Buffalo 0 (Climax-Scotts 9-0)
Schoolcraft 41, Delton 15 (Delton 5-4)
Galesburg-Augusta 13, Marcellus 7 (Galesburg-Augusta 3-6)
Hastings 48, Middleville-Thornapple Kellogg 12 (Hastings 4-5)
Machester 45, Homer 38 (Homer 7-2)
Dansville 40, Maple Valley 29 (Maple Valley 0-9)
Portland 25, Marshall 16 (Marshall 7-2)
Tekonsha 46, Litchfield 0 - 8-Man Football (Tekonsha 5-4)

Scores from Thursday, October 22nd
East Jackson 48, Athens 14 (Athens 0-9)
Quincy 36, Addison 30 (Quincy 4-5)
Grass Lake 19, Union City 16 (Union City 4-5)