2012-08-30 / Sports

Bobcats football shocked in opener

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


Grand Blanc’s Isaiah Collins on his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last Friday. 
Photo by Dan Nilsen Grand Blanc’s Isaiah Collins on his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last Friday. Photo by Dan Nilsen GRAND BLANC — After a 2011 playoff run that didn’t stop until they ran into perenial Div. 1 powerhouse Rockford, the Grand Blanc varsity football team had high hopes coming into last Friday’s 2012 season opener against cross-county rival Carman-Ainsworth.

The Cavs, who went 5-4 overall last year and lost star player Shane Barron to graduation, had other plans, though, all of which culminated in the Bobcats finding themselves on the wrong side of a 27-12 decision.

It wasn’t until there was just under three minutes left in the first quarter that Carman-Ainsworth was able to turn a fourth-and-11 opportunity into a 7-0 lead, which then became a 13-0 advantage for the Cavs with just 61 seconds left in the session. Grand Blanc didn’t waste any time mounting its comeback, though, as Isaiah Collins returned the ensuing kickoff all the way back for a touchdown to pull his team within a score at 13-6. That was as close as Grand Blanc would get, because Carman-Ainsworth made it a 20-6 game at 3:03 of the second on a seven-yard run before scoring once more at 5:05 of the third on a 19-yard sprint.

Down, but not out, the Bobcats did manage to get on the board with 3:09 left in the fourth on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Bart Williams to TJ Nichols, but once both the point-after and onside-kick attempts failed, the Cavs simply ran the ball until time expired.

Even though things didn’t quite go Grand Blanc’s way in this one, the squad still had several standout performances that included Williams completing 22- of-49 pass attempts for 293 yards and a score, Brandon Scott made eight catches for 77 yards, and posting two receptions for 67 yards was Brandon Carr. As for the defense, with 15 different players making tackles for the Bobcats, Luke Maclean was at the forefront of it all with five tackles and an assist, Justin Short, Alex Brackett and Drey Taylor made four defensive stops each and knocking down three tackles with an assist was Carr.

For Carman-Ainsworth, its keys to victory included racking up 406 total yards despite completing just 7-of-14 pass attempts for 87 yards.

Grand Blanc, 0-1 overall, 0-0 Kensington Lakes Activities Association, is at Livonia Churchill today.

GOODRICH

The Martians opened their new stadium last Thursday with a rousing 41-6 defeat of Saginaw Arthur Hill that JR Dawley helped get going in the right direction with a 62-yard touchdown catch with just 2:32 left in the first quarter. What came next for the Martians was a 46-yard scoring grab in the second quarter for Dawley that Kody Krause followed with a six-yard touchdown run to put the home team up, 20-0, just before Arthur Hill’s Sylvetser Lawson ran back a kickoff 76-yards with 1:14 to go before half time to make it a twotouchdown game at 20-6.

After the break, Goodrich continued its dominance, as Dawley scored the only touchdown of the third quarter on a 69- yard reception. Krause then made it a 34-6 game with a 13-yard scoring run in the fourth before ending the game with an amazing 81-yard touchdown scamper.

Overall, the Martians’ attack was fairly well balanced with 218 passing yards and 210 more on the ground, which amounted to 428 total yards on 51 plays. Goodrich’s special teams play was also solid considering it was the first week of the season, punting the ball twice for 70 yards, returning two punts for a 32-yard average and bringing back a pair of kickoffs for 55 yards total. As for the defense, it held Arthur Hill to 131 total yards on 41 plays, 112 of which came by way of the run game. The Martians also recovered four of six Saginaw fumbles and held the squad to just seven first downs.

Goodrich, 1-0 overall, 0-0 Genesee Area Conference-Red, starts league play at home against Perry today.

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