Plymouth — After being knocked out of the playoffs by rival Livonia Churchill last year, the Plymouth football team was ready for revenge — and they earned it.
Led by seniors Cameron Stella and Chris Walls, Plymouth defeated Churchill 24-16 to stay perfect in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association South Division Friday night.
"It's always hard to play when you know the other team is well-coached and you're nervous going into the game," Plymouth coach Mike Sawchuk said. "I'm super proud of our kids and our coaches."
Churchill got on the board first after Evan Cummins connected with Matt Pachota for a 28-yard touchdown with 7:47 to play in the first quarter.
Churchill would recover a Plymouth fumble on the next drive, but Plymouth's Brendan Malone recovered a Churchill fumble just 16 seconds later, setting up Plymouth's first score — a 30-yard touchdown pass from Walls to Issac Emminger.
With 1:04 left in the first quarter, Mike Hill connected with Antonio Alexander for a 56-yard touchdown to give Churchill a 14-7 lead.
"We self-inflicted in the first half — turning the ball over, running in the end zone, kids being kids," Sawchuk said.
There were a combined six turnovers in the game with four in the first half alone.
After making some halftime adjustments, Plymouth's offense came alive in the second half.
With 7:26 left in the third, Walls ran for a 36-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 and Plymouth took control from there, never trailing again.
Walls finished 4-of-9 for 94 yards and a touchdown, and had 19 carries for 80 yards and another score for Plymouth (3-1, 2-0).
In his first game back this season after suffering a separated joint in his shoulder, Stella added 26 carries for 191 yards.
"Our linemen did exactly what they were supposed to do," Stella said. "I couldn't ask for anything else. We have a young team this year and this game was personal to us."
Cummins finished 5-of-15 for 48 yards and a touchdown, and had six carries for 48 yards for Churchill (2-2, 1-1).
"We hit a couple plays that we had in our game plan, but we just had way too many self-inflicted wounds tonight," Churchill coach Bill DeFillippo said.
"We struggled to contain their quarterback. There were two good football teams playing, but we made more mistakes than they did tonight."
Allen Park 42, Southgate Anderson 14: J.R. Whiteford had three catches for 83 yards and one touchdown, Nate Derrelez had 12 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown, and Bruce Wilkie was 8-for-12 for 159 yards and three touchdowns for Allen Park (3-1).
Birmingham Groves 49, Pontiac 0: Collin Heard had 102 rushing yards and one touchdown, Nick Moore had a 40-yard touchdown and a 69-yard touchdown run and Earnest Allen had two rushing touchdowns for Groves (4-0, 3-0 OAA Blue). Pontiac is 0-4, 0-3.
Bloomfield Hills Crankbrook-Kingswood 49, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 20: Tyler Santangelo went 14-for-19 for 233 yards and six touchdowns, Aaron Wiggins had three touchdown receptions, Tristan Knoer had a 28-yard rushing score and an interception, and Shannon Junior recorded two sacks and added a receiving touchdown for Cranbrook (4-0, 3-0 Catholic Intersectional). Bishop Foley is 1-3, 0-3.
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 49, Warren Cousino 27: Patrick Briningstool had four touchdown passes and Karim Thomas and Stefan Claiborne each an interception for Chippewa Valley (3-1). Cousino is 3-1.
Dearborn 24, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 3: Michael Phillips was 8-of-14 for 110 yards and a touchdown for Dearborn (2-2, 2-0 WWAC Red). Ali Berry had 100 all-purpose yards and Hussien Hannawi rushed for a touchdown. Crestwood is 1-3, 0-2.
Dearborn Edsel Ford 36, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 0: Will Marano had seven carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns, Michael Bates scored on a 36-yard interception return, Grant Rathwell had a 12-yard rushing touchdown and Prince Ayoola had a 5-yard rushing touchdown for Edsel Ford (1-3). Annapolis is 0-4.
Dearborn Fordson 58, Garden City 0: Hamze Elzayaa had 97 passing yards and three touchdowns, Jacquez Johnson had 83 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, and Hassam Hachem had 75 receiving yards and two touchdowns for Fordson. Garden City is 1-3.
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 49, Redford Thurston 21: Jairus Grissom was 14-for-34 for 373 yards and four touchdowns, Traivon Clayton had seven catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns and Michael Carter had 17 carries for 182 yards and one touchdown for Robichaud (4-0). Thurston is 2-2.
Detroit Catholic Central 58, Detroit Delta Prep 8: Nicholas Capatina had 51 rushing yards and a rush touchdown, Victor Darita had a 30-yard receiving touchdown from Austin Brown and Khyle Johnson had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown for Catholic Central (3-1). Delta Prep is 1-2.
Detroit Country Day 38, Detroit Consortium 0: Jeremiah Tyler had seven tackles, two sacks and had 54 rushing yards, Steve Mann had two passing touchdowns and Chris Bergin had a receiving and punt return touchdown for Country Day (3-1).
Detroit East English Village 46, Detroit Western 6: Nate Boleware rushed 10 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns for East English (3-1). Andrew Demoss added 150 rushing yards and a touchdown, and James Ceasar had a receiving touchdown and returned an interception for a score. Western is 1-3.
Detroit Henry Ford 34, Detroit Pershing 22: Dujuan Feals had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown for Pershing (2-2, 1-2 PSL). Henry Ford is 3-1, 2-1.
Detroit King 41, Detroit Denby 0: Martel Pettaway rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns, Armani Posey went 6-for-9 for 176 yards and two scores, and Donnie Corley had an interception return for a touchdown for King (4-0, 2-0). Denby is 2-2, 0-1.
Detroit Mumford 3, Detroit Cody 0 (OT): Omar Pagan kicked the winning 36-yard field goal for Mumford (2-2, 1-0 PSL). Cody is 1-3, 1-1.
Detroit Northwestern 42, Detroit CMA 0: Danny Whitt was 17-of-23 for 205 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Dennis had 15 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns for Northwestern (4-0, 3-0 PSL). Jaquez Williams and Rayshaun Lipscomb each had 10 tackles to lead the defense. CMA is 0-4, 0-3.
Detroit Osborn 12, Detroit Southeastern 8: Mandel Berryman was 12-of-20 for 200 yards and had a rushing touchdown, Ramon Gates caught six passes for 100 yards and Daveon Robertson had six catches for 80 yards for Osborn (2-2). Southeastern is 0-4.
Farmington 19, Rochester Adams 15: Josh Turner scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 5-yard run with 22 seconds remaining, and Andre Sarfoh had a 57-yard touchdown run for Farmington (3-1, 2-1 OAA White). Kyle Wood had a rushing touchdown for Adams (2-2, 1-2).
Farmington Hills Harrison 40, Birmingham Seaholm 13: Garrett Char had 12 carries for 59 yards and six touchdowns for Harrison (3-1, 3-0 OAA White). Seaholm is 1-3, 0-3.
Grosse Pointe South 32, Port Huron 21: Logan Michael was 8-for-13 for 154 yards and two touchdowns and David Burnett had three catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns for South (2-2). Port Huron is 1-3.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 56, Southfield Christian 26: Connor McCarron threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns and Charles Caine had 211 yards rushing, 146 yards receiving and four total touchdowns for Liggett (3-1, 2-0 MIAC). Southfield Christian is 1-3.
Harper Woods Chandler Park 44, Southfield Bradford 8: Jaylen Martin had five receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown, and scored on a 75-yard kick return for Chandler Park (2-2, 2-0 Charter). Davion Williams added three receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Bradford is 3-1, 0-1.
Livonia Stevenson 45, South Lyon East 0: Chris Tanderys was 5-for-9 for 104 yards and two touchdowns, Josh Page had three solo tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble, and Tyler Hudson had one fumble recovery for Stevenson (4-0, 2-0 KLAA Central). East is 0-4, 0-2.
Macomb Lutheran North 21, Royal Oak Shrine 14: Daric Craig rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown, had 59 yards receiving, and recorded seven tackles, while Charles Kruse went 8-for-16 for 162 yards and a score for North (2-2, 1-2 Catholic Intersectional). Jaymes Jackson had 15 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown for Shrine (2-2, 1-2).
Orchard Lake St. Mary's 49, U-D Jesuit 14: Justin Myrick had 15 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns, and Brendan Tabone went 11-for-17 for 190 yards for St. Mary's (4-0, 1-0 Catholic Central). Jesuit is 3-1, 0-1.
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 35, Dearborn Divine Child 25: Luke Adams had 15 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown, and Pat Anger had nine carries for 106 yards and a score for Notre Dame Prep (4-0, 1-0 Catholic League AA). Divine Child is 2-2, 0-1.
River Rouge 64, Hamtramck 0: Antoine Burgess ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and threw for 100 yards and a score, while Ralph Gaston recovered a fumble and ran it back 60 yards to the house for River Rouge (4-0, 2-0 Michigan Metro). Hamtramck is 2-2, 0-1.
Riverview 41, Carleton Airport 19: Eric Gant had 20 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Riverview (2-2, 1-2 Huron). Tyler Chase rushed 12 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Meiring had 15 carries for 182 yards and two touchdowns for Airport (1-3, 1-2).
Utica 28, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 27: Patrick O'Connor had three passing touchdowns to R.J. Pinto, Jason Grohman and Andy Pugh and Jacob Dickenson had a fumble return for a touchdown for Utica (2-2).
Utica Eisenhower 17, Grosse Pointe North 6: Joe Mets rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown, Paul Kessler had a 42-yard punt return for a score, and Austin Mitchell hit a 32-yard field goal for Eisenhower (3-1). Jared Jordan had a 1-yard touchdown for North (2-2).
Walled Lake Western 41, White Lake Lakeland 14: Kyle Thomas passed for 248 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns for Western (4-0, 2-0 KLAA North). Cody White led Western with 166 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Lakeland is 1-3, 0-2.
Warren Fitzgerald 55, East Detroit 0: Najon Moore had eight carries for 138 yards and four touchdowns, and Martez Nelson had 13 carries for 91 yards and two scores for Fitzgerald (2-2, 1-2 MAC Silver).
Warren Michigan Collegiate 34, Detroit University Prep 32: Javeonte Brown scored on a 3-yard run with 1:27 left to lift Michigan Collegiate (2-2, 2-0 Charter), which erased a 26-12 halftime deficit. Shawn Jackson had 18 carries for 121 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Jordan Marks rushed 15 times for 71 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan Collegiate. University Prep is 2-2, 2-1.
Warren Mott 35, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 0: Jason Lilaj threw touchdown passes of 58 and 37 yards to Maurice Allen and Tylen Redding and also scored on a 2-yard run for Mott (4-0). Javon Wilson added a 27-yard rushing touchdown, Decari Walden scored on a 1-yard run, Redding had a 74-yard interception return and Dajon Riggins had 12 tackles. Lakeview is 0-4.
Marissa McNees is a freelance writer.