2011-09-01 / Sports

Grand Blanc edges out former Big Nine rival

LISA PAINE 810-452-2626  lpaine@mihomepaper.com
BRANDON POPE 810-452-2651  bpope@mihomepaper.com

Grand Blanc’s Lestor Liston (25) ran the football for Grand Blanc with protection from Justin Woodruff (32). 
Photo by Brandon Pope Grand Blanc’s Lestor Liston (25) ran the football for Grand Blanc with protection from Justin Woodruff (32). Photo by Brandon Pope FLINT — Steady offense and timely broken up plays lifted Grand Blanc past Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 21-14, last Friday at Carman-Ainsworth Junior High.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth effort from both sides with Grand Blanc lighting the scoreboard at 11:16 in the first on a Terrance Dye eight-yard pass from Bart Willams. Philip Klick split the uprights for the point-after. The Cavaliers then got their equalizer at 2:46 on a Brandon Lenoir 44- yard spiral from Shane Barron. Connor Storms’ PAT was good to even the slate at 7- all .

The Bobcats would go on to score at 11:52 in the second when Lestor Liston Jr. ran in a five-yard score, with Klick toeing in the PAT to increase the lead to 14-7. The Cavaliers were unable to reach the paint on their next possessions and Grand Blanc’s defense kept the Cavs at bay. The third quarter would prove big for Grand Blanc as it added another score while keeping Carman-Ainsworth frustrated. Jalen Cureton scored for the Bobcats at 5:52 on a 12-yard pass from Williams and Klick was again perfect with the point-after to put Grand Blanc up, 21-7. Grand Blanc kept up the pressure until well into the fourth, but Carman-Ainsworth finally got its second score of the night with just 1:13 left in the game when Barron found Lenoir for another short spiral, this time a seven-yarder. Storms’ kick also was good, ending the scoring as time expired during Grand Blanc’s next possession.

Grand Blanc had 13 first downs to Carman’s 10. Liston made nine carries for 47 yards and one touchdown and Kaleb McElwee made nine carries for 31 yards. Williams had three carries for 96 yards and was 19-of-28 for 221 yards and two scores. Leading in catches was Jalen Cureton with five for 55 yards, Jordan Fields made four for 61, Dye had four for 32 and Anthony Nichols made three for 50 yards. Erik Horn made four punts for 144 yards, his longest 36 yards. Fields made a big play of the night when he intercepted a pass for the touchback.

Grand Blanc plays its first home game against Canton today at 7 p.m. GOODRICH

The Martians kicked off the 2011 football season in dominant fashion with a 54-26 win over Warren Lincoln at Warren last Thursday.

Goodrich opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when Sam Bologaita scored on a 15-yard run, followed by a failed point-after attempt. Less than two minutes later, Bologaita was at it again when he ripped off a 75-yard scamper into the end zone, as the conversion put Goodrich up, 13- 0. The Martians would close out the opening frame with yet another score, as Mark Hildebrand hauled in a 38-yard bomb, with the conversion extending the Goodrich lead to 20.

The onslaught continued into the second quarter with J.R. Dawley’s 3-yard touchdown reception increasing the lead, 27-0. With less than two minutes remaining in the half, Cody Krause snagged an 11-yard touchdown catch for a 34-0 lead. Warren Lincoln would finally end the shutout before halftime, when Lairren Johnson scored on the final play of the half, making the score 34-6 going into the break.

The second half was still quite young when Goodrich struck again. Conner Wood punched it in from a yard out, and the missed extra point left the score at 40-6. Warren Lincoln’s Johnson would respond again, this time in the form of an 80-yard sprint to the goal line. As the final seconds of the third began to dwindle away, Bolognaita scored his third touchdown of the game on a 77-yard punt return. Johnson would try to carry Lincoln yet again, as he took the ensuing kickoff 86-yards to pay dirt. Darrius Toddy would go 73-yards for Lincoln, cutting the lead to 47-26. Krause’s 4-yard score toward the end of the game would be the final nail in the coffin, sealing the opening week win for the Martians.

The Martians will face their first real test of the season on Thursday when they travel to Russ Reynolds Field to take on their GACRed division rivals, the Flint Beecher Buccaneers. The two teams have battled the past couple of years for the division title, and likely will again this season.

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