HOLT – Ba Blamo could be one of the leading rushers in the Lansing area if he were playing elsewhere.
The same could be said for Caden Evert.
But the senior running backs are part of a system that is working with plenty of success for Division 1 No. 7-ranked Grand Ledge, which completed a perfect regular season with a dominating road victory over rival Holt on Friday.
“Me and Caden started this last year, but now we’ve got to teach our little dude Antonio (Rush) to get ready,” Blamo said. “We just feed off each other, we teach each other and we help each other out.”
Blamo and Evert each surpassed 100 yards on the ground Friday, combining for 247 yards and five scores on just 21 touches in the Comets’ 42-0 win. Blamo had TD runs of 55, 40 and 1 yard, while Evert had rushing scores of 27 and 2 yards to help Grand Ledge cap its regular season on an impressive note.
“Ba and Caden – those are two kids that would get 20 to 30 carries if they were by themselves,” Grand Ledge coach Matt Bird said. “Those two are – I know I keep saying it, but it’s a brotherhood. They believe in each other. We let them sub themselves when they are feeling it on certain plays. That was great for them to have their final game with Holt like that. It was special.”
Blamo and Evert aren’t the only options and Rush was the leading rusher for Grand Ledge and scored the go-ahead TD in the late stages of a Week 8 win over East Lansing. And having the depth in the backfield provides the Comets with a luxury as they enter the postseason.
“It’s the depth, but it’s how they handle the depth,” Bird said. “They really don’t care who gets the ball and who does what. They are so happy for each other and having each other get the success that they have. That’s why I say it’s incredibly unique to be a part of a group like this.”
THEY ARE IN: Alma, Carson City-Crystal, Haslett, Laingsburg and Olivet secured spots in the state playoffs with victories Friday. That brings the total of mid-Michigan teams automatically in the postseason to 21. The playoff pairings will be announced a 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports Detroit.
RECORD SET: Mason Gee-Montgomery became the state’s all-time leader for touchdown passes in a season Friday by throwing for five scores in a 54-50 win over Parchment. He has 49 passing TDs this season and eclipsed the previous record of 48 set by current Central Michigan QB and former Lansing Catholic star Cooper Rush in 2011. Gee-Montgomery has at least one more guaranteed game to add to his state record total.
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