2010-10-14 / Sports

Martians take league title; make playoffs

BY MICHAEL SELECKY 810-452-2632 • MSELECKY@MIHOMEPAPER.COM

Photo by ROB PICKEN Quarterback Nick Glowacki (#17) hands off to running back Kasey Porritt earlier this season. Photo by ROB PICKEN Quarterback Nick Glowacki (#17) hands off to running back Kasey Porritt earlier this season. GOODRICH — Coming into the final week of Genesee Area Conference-Red competition last Friday, the Martians’ varsity football team was neck-andneck with two other squads in the fight for the league championship, a dream that came true when Goodrich beat Mt. Morris, 37-0, while Montrose lost to Beecher 16-13. The win also secured the Martians a spot in this year’s Michigan High School Athletic Association championships, a feat that requires six victories to guarantee.

As the offense came through to the tune of 240 rushing yards and 180 more by air for 423 total yards, it was Wade Wood, who notched the Martians’ initial trip to the endzone on a 56-yard scamper at 7:53 of the first quarter, only to see Glowacki extend the lead over Mt. Morris to 10-0 by booting a 43-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the opening stanza.

In the second, Wood reprised his role of touchdown maker at the 3:01 mark on a 26-yard sprint, and once again Goodrich was able to hit paydirt in the waning moments of a quarter when Nathan Landsgaard made a 73-yard grab with :14 seconds remaining in the stanza to make it a 24-0 game. After the break, Wood completed the hat trick for the Martians with a 39-yard scoring run at 6:14 of the third, which Glowacki put the stamp of approval on by connecting on field goal tries of 35- and 45-yards at 11:02 and 6:24 of the fourth after going 4-for-4 on point-after attempts and kicking off eight times for 314 yards.

With 207 rushing yards on 15 carries, Wood was the story for Goodrich in this one, as Sam Bolongaita could only pick up 17 yards on a half-dozen rushes and Nick Sweet took the handoff 10 times for 36 yards.

On the other side of the equation, Mt. Morris only amassed 40 passing yards and 24 more by ground for 64 total yards of offense, as Steven Gibbs had 12 rushing yards on 11 attempts and tried to pass 10 times for 27 yards. Quarterback Tyler Lafayette lost 17 yards on eight carries and attempted 12 passes for 13 yards, and gaining 19 yards on five tries was running back Dustin Eberlein.

Goodrich, 6-1 overall, 5-1 GAC-Red, hosts Frankenmuth Friday.

GRAND BLANC

In their final Kensington Lakes Activities Association-West contest of the 2010 regular season, the Bobcats journeyed over to Hartland last Friday, winning, 35-17.

With leads of 7-0 and 14-3 at the end of the first and second quarters, posting the Bobcats’ initial score on a six-yard run at 1:51 of the opening session was Kyle Artinian, an advantage Grand Blanc then doubled at 5:20 of the second on a Lester Liston Jr. one-yard blast to go up 14-0. While Hartland did split the uprights with a 20-yard field goal with less than two minutes left before halftime, Detrick Goff and Liston got Grand Blanc back on track with a one-yard touchdown burst and a 35- yard interception return at 5:34 and 4:00 of the third, respectively, which extended the margin to 28-3.

That’s when Hartland attempted to launch a comeback by hitting paydirt on a 41-yard pass at 2:12 of the third and a seven-yard run at 1:28 of the fourth, a feat the Bobcats’ Ryan Morley forced them to sandwich around a fiveyard jaunt to the promised land at 4:00 of the fourth to round out the evenings offense. Having clocked 322 total yards on 55 plays, including 18 first downs and 231 rushing yards on 39 attempts, heading the charge for the Grand Blanc offense was Goff with 149 ground yards on 24 carries with a score, Artinian ran the rock eight times for 61 yards and a touchdown, and completing 11-of-15 passes for 94 yards was Morley.

As for the defense, the Bobcats were led by Tyler Defrain with nine tackles, Luke Maclean made seven defensive stops, and adding six tackles each were Kaleb McElwee, Alex Randall and Nick Koutouzos. Traci Carson was also on point for the Grand Blanc special teams unit, going 5-for-5 on point-after attempts. The Bobcats, 4-3 overall, 3-2 KLAA-West, play White Lake Lakeland Friday in a conference crossover matchup.

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