TOUGH LOSS FOR FULTON

     The Fulton Pirates lost their division eight state championship game at Ford Field to Crystal Falls Forest Park on Friday.  Fulton never led in dropping the Pirates' first game of the season, 22-14.  Forest Park was playing in its fourth straight state final game and had lost the previous three attempts.  I thought Fulton quarterback Matt Stephens played well-- he hit seven of eight passes and had he thrown more early on, the outcome might have been different.  A Fulton fumble deep in Forest Park territory just before halftime was also vital.  Fulton trailed 6-0 at intermission.

     The MHSAA is now about to renegotiate its deal with Ford Field.  This completes a three year contract.  The MHSAA wants to tweak the arrangement.  Ford Field provides water and ice to the teams at six times the amount the MHSAA would have to pay if it was providing its own provisions.

     Jackson Lumen Christi plays the 4:30pm game Saturday in division five against another upper peninsula team, Menominee.  The UP club is 13-0 and Lumen is 12-1 so this one should be good like the Fulton game.

     Even with the college games being played this week end I still don't think Michigan State will know its bowl destination until next Sunday.  Too many scenarios to play out.  The BCS selection show must determine which Big Ten teams are and are not available.

     Central Michigan helped its bowl cause with a frantic 35-32 comeback Friday at Akron.  The win leaves the Chips at 7-5 and sends them to Ford Field for next week's MAC championship game against Miami of Ohio.  My guess is the 8-4 Bowling Green Falcons will be chosen first for the GMAC Bowl and then the Motor City Bowl will pick from between CMU and Miami.

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