H.S. FOOTBALL: Portage 35, Homer-Center 19
PORTAGE — Homer-Center lost out on the top seed in the District 6 Class A playoffs and an undefeated regular season with a loss to Portage in a non-conference game Friday night at Portage Area Stadium.
The Wildcats (9-1) might have also lost one of their top running backs, Mike Newhouse, who left the game after the first series with an apparent left knee injury.
Portage quarterback Michael Bryja completed his first nine passes and finished 11 of 13 for 100 yards and a touchdown. The Mustangs’ air attack loosened the stout Homer-Center defense, and Portage (8-1) ran for 259 yards.
Homer-Center appeared to have taken an early lead on an Ean Lee 16-yard touchdown run, but the play was called back by a holding penalty. Quarterback Aaron Berezansky was intercepted on the next play, and Portage went on to score. The Mustangs held the lead the rest of the way.
Lee led the Wildcats with 75 yards on 15 carries, passing the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Entering the game, Newhouse needed just 68 yards to reach 1,000; now it’s unclear if he’ll reach it even in the playoffs. Homer-Center had no update on the senior running back’s injury as of Friday night.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 3 in the district entering the game, took over the top seed. Homer-Center fell to No. 2 the seed.
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