2016-09-08 / Sports

Grand Blanc outguns Novi for second straight win

By Rod Studaker
Contributing Writer


Grand Blanc’s Kevin Coriasso unleashes on a pass in Week One’s home opener against Carman-Ainsworth. 
Photo by Rob Picken Grand Blanc’s Kevin Coriasso unleashes on a pass in Week One’s home opener against Carman-Ainsworth. Photo by Rob Picken NOVI — Kevin Coriasso passed for 232 yards and four touchdowns last Thursday to help Grand Blanc to an impressive 34-29 non-league win over host Novi.

Coriasso completed 22-of-32 passes to spark a Bobcats attack that amassed 399 yards of total offense.

Coriasso’s arm helped Grand Blanc jump out to a 14-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter as he connected on a pair of TD tosses. The first was to Blake Bogan, covering 26 yards and the second went to Dennis Smith, good for 23 yards. Tim Hayden kicked both PAT’s.

Novi responded early in the second stanza with a 53-yard pass and a two-point conversion to pull within 14-8, but Coriasso hooked up with Alex Zaliagiris for a 27-yard scoring aerial to gain the momentum back for the visitors. Hayden booted the extra point and the Bobcats were up, 21-8, with 8:23 remaining in the first half.

Novi retaliated immediately, however, returning the ensuing kick-off all the way back to pull within 21-15. Novi then took an interception all the way home to take its first, and only, lead of the night at 22-21.

Coriasso went back to work and, with 2:25 left before intermission, he found Smith for their second score of the contest. Hayden’s PAT sent the Bobcats into the locker room with a 28-22 edge.

Andre’ Mason streaked in from 20 yards out at 9:30 of the third quarter to inflate the cushion to 34-22. The two-point conversion failed.

Novi found the end zone one last time later in the third, but neither team could score in the fourth as the Bobcats’ defense preserved the victory.

Mason finished the night with 120 yards on 25 carries. Grand Blanc held a 399-311 edge on offense. The Bobcats’ defense was anchored by Matt Stork, who recorded seven solo tackles.

Grand Blanc improved to 2-0 on the young season while Novi dropped to 1-1. The Bobcats will host Plymouth Canton Friday in another non-league tilt.

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