2013-09-05 / Sports

Season starts on low note for Bobcats, Martians

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


Grand Blanc’s Trevon Avery (7) looks for running room. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Grand Blanc’s Trevon Avery (7) looks for running room. Photo by Brandon Pope GRAND BLANC — Since 2010, the Bobcats have been opening the varsity football season by taking on Saginaw Valley League member and former Big Nine rival Carman-Ainsworth. This year, Grand Blanc came in looking to avenge a 27-12 road loss from a year ago, but instead found itself on the wrong end of a hard-fought, 13-0, decision to the Cavaliers.

After a scoreless first half, Carman- Ainsworth’s Javonte Alexander finally put some points on the board by returning an interception for a touchdown at 10:44 of the third quarter. The Cavaliers then held on to that 6-0 lead until 7:31 of the fourth quarter when quarterback Connor Storms scampered into the endzone from five yards out. His team connected on the extra point.

Despite the defensively-oriented contest, Grand Blanc quarterback Tre’von Avery still managed to complete 11-of- 26 pass attempts for 105 yards in addition to 65 rushing yards on 19 carries. Brandon Scott also came through for the Bobcats to the tune of five receptions for 52 yards and Dante McGee ran the ball six times for 19 yards, completed a four-yard pass to Avery. He also had three catches for 36 yards.

Defensively, Grand Blanc was much more dominant and was led by Justin Short’s team-high 10 tackles, Alex Brackett made seven defensive stops and posting six tackles apiece were Thomas Tucker, Kalen Wiggins Basten and Brandon Carr.

Carman-Ainsworth quarterback Connor Storms was 4-for-11 for 39 yards with 17 rushes for 26 yards and Malik Seales ran the ball three times for five yards.

Grand Blanc, 0-1 overall, 0-0 Kensington Lakes Activities Association, hosts Livonia Chirchill Friday.

GOODRICH

Defense proved to be the theme of the night last Thursday, as Saginaw Arthur Hill jumped out to leads of 6-0 and 12-0 in the first and second quarters before holding on to take home the 24-14 season-opening victory over the Martians.

It was at 4:16 of the initial quarter that Arthur Hill first reached the endzone on an eight-yard run, which it then followed at 7:05 of the second with a four-yard touchdown jaunt to grab a dozen-point lead.

Goodrich was finally able to counter at 5:59 of the second when Jake Gleason hit Jay Valle with a 64-yard scoring strike that Mason Newcombe followed with a succesful extra-point attempt to make it a five-point game at 12-7. The rest of the opening session turned out to be all Arthur Hill, though, starting at 3:22 of the second on a 28-yard touchdown pass and finishing with just 23 seconds left in the half on a 25-yard sprint.

Down 24-7, but not out, the Martians attempted to launch a comeback after the break and even reached the Promised Land with less than a minute left in the third on a five-yard touchdown blast by Michael Marston that Newcombe followed by once again connecting on the extra point. That’s as close as they’d get because the rest of the game was scoreless.

The difference in the contest was Arthur Hill out-rushing Goodrich, 217-115, and recovering both of the fumbles it created. The Martians did get more first downs, 17-11, and outpassed Arthur Hill, 140-131, but even the 15 penalties for 90 yards the home team drew weren’t enough to allow Goodrich to claw its was back into this game.

Leading the offense for Goodrich was Vallie with four catches for 76 yards and a score, Gleason completed 11-of- 24 pass attempts with one touchdown and one interception and running the ball five times for 27 yards was Andrew Sweet.

The Martians, 0-1 overall, 0-0 Genesee Area Conference-Red, opens league play at Perry on Friday.

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