2012-10-04 / Sports

Goodrich pitch-forked by Blue Devils

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


Goodrich quarterback Mitch Rubio (#9) goes to hand off the ball during a recent league contest. 
Photo by Michael Selecky Goodrich quarterback Mitch Rubio (#9) goes to hand off the ball during a recent league contest. Photo by Michael Selecky LAKE FENTON — The Goodrich varsity football team has experienced both good times and bad in Genesee Area Conference-Red competition this year. While the highlights would certainly include beating Beecher in week three, 26-0, for the first time since it joined the league, as well as the Martians 44-6 victory over Durand in week five, last Friday was another story altogether. That’s because Goodrich fell behind Lake Fenton, 12-0, and, 20-7, at the end of the first and second quarters and couldn’t make the neccesary halftime adjustments to keep from getting beat, 34-7.

Neil Allor got the first score of the game for the Blue Devils on a 29-yard run at 11:44 of the opening quarter and just over 10 minutes later, Nic VanDuser ran the ball 91-yards for the second. Allor then made a five-yard touchdown catch for Lake Fenton at 3:40 of the second that JR Dwaley was able to counter for Goodrich just 14 seconds later with a 90-yard kickoff return for the score. After the break, VanDuser hit paydirt once again on a 10-yard run at 8:46 of the third to put the the Blue Devils up, 28-7, before Zac Zelinski rounded out the scoring at 6:06 of the fourth with a 10-yard run of his own.


Trevon Avery turns on the jets for the Grand Blanc varsity football team. 
Photo by Michael Selecky Trevon Avery turns on the jets for the Grand Blanc varsity football team. Photo by Michael Selecky The stat chart tells quite a similar tale, as Goodrich was outgained in total offense 158-413 and ran 20 fewer plays than Lake Fenton, 41-61. The Martians also lost the first-down war 8-16 and were held to just 27 rushing yards while allowing 408. While it didn’t come easy, Dawley was still able to help the Martians put their best foot forward with seven catches for 99 yards, Sam Bolongaita had a 19-yard reception, ran the ball eight times for 10 yards and managed 74 passing yards and Sawyer Lester had three carries for nine yards. Dawley also stood out on special teams with four kickoff returns for 148 yards, Gage Baker punted the ball four times for 153 yards Cody Krause had a sevenyard punt return.

Goodrich, 4-2 overall, 3-2 GAC-Red, hosts Mt. Morris on Friday.

GRAND BLANC

After starting the season by getting outscored, 71-28, and losing its first two games, the Bobcats have been on a four-game winning streak that most recently saw Kensington Lakes Activities Association rival Pinckney getting wrecked last Friday, 48-27.

Bart Williams started this avalanche of offense for Grand Blanc at 9:52 of the first quarter with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Malik Fisher. Pinckney then made the mistake of thinking it still had a chance and scored on a 15-yard pass at the 4:35 mark, only to see Williams find TJ Nichols in the endzone at 3:13 on a 34-yard strike to set up 14- and 26-yard scoring tosses to Brandon Scott at 8:41 and 6:45 of the second that gave the Bobcats a 27-7 advantage.

Williams continued to press the issue for Grand Blanc with just 18 seconds left in the first half by connecting with Matt Mastromatteo on a six-yard touchdown pass that made it a 34-7 game prior to hitting Dante Mcgee for the touchdown from three yards out at 5:06 of the third. Now down, 41-7, Pinckney decided to make its final stand and was even successful to the tune of three-straight trips to the endzone on a one-yard run by Bobby Thompson in the third and 18- and 41-yard passes by Buck West in the fourth to pull within two touchdowns at 41-27. That’s when Grand Blanc finally put Pinckney to bed for the night with 7:41 left in regulation on a 14-yard pass from Williams to Scott.

Serving as the Marshall of this fireworks display for the Bobcats was Williams at 23-for-30 for 379 yards and seven touchdowns, Nichols had six catches for 138 yards and a score and making six receptions for 115 yards and three touchdowns was Scott. Grand Blanc also got 35 yards rushing each from McGee and Isiah Collins, Mastromatteo had 87 receiving yards on six grabs and Fisher had two catches for 23 yards and a score.

The defense was just as explosive for the Bobcats and was directed by players such as Alex Brackett and Reiley McFadden with nine tackles a piece, Kaylin Veal made six defensive stops and coming through to the tune of five tackles each were Daniel Davis, Justin Shirt and Jaylin Blake. Grand Blanc didn’t forget about keeping its special teams sharp, either, as Jake Young made al six PATs and kicked off eight times for 236 yards, Quinnare Humphrey and McFadden had kick returns of seven and eight yards and Trenton Avery and Nichols had punt returns of four and eight yards, respectively.

The Bobcats, 4-2 overall, 4-0 KLAAWest, are at Hartland tomorrow.

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