2011-09-08 / Sports

Goodrich unable to get past Beecher

BY MICHAEL SELECKY 810-452-2632  mselecky@mihomepaper.com

Goodrich junior defensive back JR Dawley made a play for the ball. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Goodrich junior defensive back JR Dawley made a play for the ball. Photo by Brandon Pope FLINT — After losing, 12-7, last year in Beecher’s Genesee Area Conference-Red debut, the Martians’ varsity football team came into the 2011 season looking for a weektwo win in the rematch. Unfortunately, Flint was able to jump out to leads of 6-0 and 14-10 at the end of the first and second quarters on its way to a 28-19 victory.

The story for Goodrich in this one was defense, an effort that was headed up by sophomore linebacker Zach Heddy with 20 tackles, including three for a loss. Junior linebacker Kyler Klimeck wasn’t far behind for the Martians with 14 defensive stops on the night. Making 13 tackles, including two for a loss was senior linebacker Zack Sweet and making 11 and 10 total tackles for the game were senior defensive tackle Connor Wood and senior free safety Mark Hilldebrand, respectively. Senior defensive back Matt Glowacki and senior defensive tackle Zach Halamka were also in the defensive mix for Goodrich with six tackles each, making five stops each for the Martians were junior linebacker Cody Krause and junior linebacker Sam Bolongaita and junior defensive back JR Dawley chipped in with a four tackle performance.

Grand Blanc’s Jordan Fields looked to pull this pass in against Canton last Friday night. 
Photo by Andy Novajovsky Grand Blanc’s Jordan Fields looked to pull this pass in against Canton last Friday night. Photo by Andy Novajovsky On the other side of the ball Goodrich got 77 rushing yards on 17 carries from Bolongaita, Wood ran the ball four times for 20 yards and gaining 11 yards on three rushes was Sam Rubio.

Goodrich, 1-1 overall, 0-1 GAC-Red, hosts league rival Montrose tomorrow. GRAND BLANC

The Bobcats played a close one last Thursday at home against Kensington Lakes Activities Association crossover rival, Canton, taking a 31-28 lead with under four minutes to play only to see the Chiefs reach the endzone just over three minutes later to down Grand Blanc, 35-31.

In a contest that saw the Bobcats go up, 24- 21 at halftime, only to end up down, 24-28, going into the third, it was Kevin Buford that opened the scoring for Canton, hitting paydirt on a 66-yard run and an 89-yard punt return to give the Chiefs a 14-0 advantage. That’s when Grand Blanc’s Jordan Fields pulled in a 62-yard touchdown pass from Bart Williams, which he then followed with a 15- yard scoring strike to Terrance Dye that locked the score at 14-14.

In the second, Malcolm Hollingsworth did give Canton a 21-14 lead on a 19-yard run for glory, but the Bobcats were able to answer back just 59 seconds later with a 62-yard pass to Lester Liston Jr. from Williams that knotted things up once again at 21-21. Philip Klick then connected on a 27-yard field goal just 71 seconds before haltime to put Grand Blanc up, 24-21.

The only scoring of the third quarter came when Canton’s Kevin Buford reached the endzone on a 22-yard interception return, putting the Chiefs ahead, 24-28. While Kaleb McElwee did score once more for the Bobcats with 3:59 left in the fourth to make it a 31-28 game, that lead would be short-lived because with just 41 seconds to play, Canton’s Ryan Jones reached the Promised Land from five yards out to lock down the win for the visitors. Leading the offense for Grand Blanc was Williams at 20-for-40 for 343 yards, three touchdowns and one pick, Fields made seven grabs for 130 yards and a score, and running the ball seven times for 40 yards was Liston.

Now two games into the 2011 season, heading up the Bobcats’ defensive efforts so far has been Eric Nielsen with 23 total tackles, McElwee isn’t far behind with 22, and making 20 and 15 defensive stops so far this year, respectively, are Liston and Luke MaClean.

Grand Blanc, 1-1 overall, 0-0 conference, begins KLAA-West competition tomorrow against Milford.

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