Friday’s roundup: Eisenhower wraps up MAC Red title
Utica — Utica Eisenhower unleashed a powerful offense to defeat visiting Warren Mott, 38-6, Friday night to lock up its first Macomb Area Conference Red Division title since 2001.
A win for Mott would have caused a two-way tie for first place.
“It’s your first goal, your No. 1 goal to win a MAC Red championship” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said. “Everybody put a lot of hard work into it, including the coaches and the players. I’m just happy for all those guys.”
Eisenhower (8-0, 4-0) came out strong, scoring two long rushing touchdowns in the first half. Jack Provencher scored on a 41-yard scamper on the first drive and Jacob Albrecht had a 55-yard touchdown run to put Eisenhower up 14-0 early in the second quarter.
It wasn’t just the ground game that caused trouble for Mott’s defense. Albrecht took a reverse at the 4-yard line and tossed it to Jack Morris, who was standing wide open in the end zone, giving Eisenhower a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. It went into halftime ahead 24-0.
Mott was struggling to get anything churning offensively, recording just 48 total yards and two first downs in the first half. It cranked up the aggressiveness in the second half, scoring a third-quarter touchdown on a 1-yard run, but Eisenhower kept piling on.
“Our kids always battle,” Mott coach Tom Milanov said. “They’ll bounce back next week. We made some plays, but we hurt ourselves too much. (Eisenhower) is a really good team.”
Albrecht did a little of everything for Eisenhower, throwing a touchdown pass, adding a 67-yard reception and rushing for 97 yards with another score.
Junior quarterback Max Wittwer also had a solid performance for Eisenhower, finishing with 135 passing yards and 89 rushing yards. Provencher added 152 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
“Everybody’s executing their assignments,” Provencher said. “It was championship week. They were going to come out hard, we were going to come out even harder and put a stomp on (Mott).”
Nearly 500 yards of offense didn’t surprise Smith, though.
“Our offensive line is always the key,” he said. “Our running backs are all good and our quarterback has been doing a great job. A lot of the credit goes to the game planning by our coaches.”
Joseph Millhouse finished with 94 passing yards for Mott (6-2, 3-2). Andre Chandler added 85 receiving yards on six catches.
Eisenhower will close out the season with a non-divisional homecoming game against Utica Ford, and Mott will play at MAC White foe Grosse Pointe South.
“It’s been like this all year for us,” Smith said of his team’s 32-point win. “The hard work and preparation lead to these things.”
Allen Park 50, Lincoln Park 8: Antonio Mangiapane was 13-of-19 for 129 yards and a touchdown for Allen Park (8-0, 8-0 Downriver). He also had five carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Fish had eight carries for 85 yards and three touchdowns and a 3-yard touchdown catch.
Auburn Hills Avondale 40, Madison Heights Lamphere 6: Derrick Henton had 60-yard and 52-yard touchdown runs, and Zeke Ringstaff had a 67-yard run for Avondale (3-5, 3-3 OAA Blue). Lamphere is 0-8.
Birmingham Brother Rice 20, Traverse City Central 17 (3OT): Quinton Kulak kicked the winning 20-yard field goal for Brother Rice (5-3), which got touchdown runs from Jack Moran (10 yards) and Matt Bielkie (3). Central is 7-1.
Birmingham Groves 46, Farmington 0: Nate Higley had two catches for 35 yards and a touchdown, to go with a 66-yard punt return for touchdown for Groves (8-0, 7-0 OAA White). Damonte McCurdy had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Chaise Ford had a tackle for loss, a sack and a 67-yard touchdown run. Farmington is 2-6, 1-5.
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 48, Sterling Heights Stevenson 35: Tommy Schuster was 11-of-18 passing for 150 yards and three touchdowns, also ran for a score for Chippewa Valley (5-3, 2-3 MAC Red). Steven Charles had 16 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown, and Jacob Rybicki (37) and Maurice McBride (46, 8) had touchdown catches for Chippewa Valley. Stevenson is 1-7, 0-5.
Detroit Mumford 26, Detroit Western 6: Omar Pagan was 8-of-12 for 162 yards and a touchdown and ran 17 yards for a score for Mumford (7-1, 7-0 PSL). Adam Harris had 16 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown. Western is 4-4, 3-4.
Detroit University Prep 54, Romulus Summit Academy 6: DeMarco Henry ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns for University Prep (2-5). Corey Greenwood ran for two touchdowns and returned a kick 80 yards for a score. Summit Academy is 0-7.
Grosse Pointe North 42, Roseville 14: Jared Jordan rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns, and Pete Ciaravino had five receptions for 114 yards and a score and two interceptions, including one he took back for a 40-yard touchdown for North (6-2, 4-1 MAC Blue). Dhamon Riley passed and ran for touchdowns for Roseville (2-6, 1-4).
Grosse Pointe South 21, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 0: Jhordan Rush had 21 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown, to go with a 27-yard touchdown catch for South (6-2, 5-0 MAC White). Jack Doerer and Patrick Nauert each had nine tackles (eight solo). Nauert also had two sacks. North is 6-2, 4-1.
Livonia Stevenson 40, South Lyon East 28: Chris Tanderys was 10-of-14 for 244 yards and three touchdowns for Stevenson (4-4, 2-3 KLAA Central). Kevin Dunn had four catches for 143 yards and a touchdown, to go with six carries for 30 yards. Ian Knoph had three catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns. East is 0-8, 0-5.
Macomb Dakota 45, Romeo 7: Kaiser Carleton had 20 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns for Dakota (5-3, 2-3 MAC Red). He also threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Ronye Walker. Jaylen Hall had six catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Romeo is 5-3, 3-2.
Macomb Lutheran North 47, Allen Park Cabrini 21: Daric Ceraig had 12 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns to go with a 20-yard touchdown catch for Lutheran North (4-4, 2-1 Catholic). Kyle Kessler made nine tackles and had a fumble recovery, to go with 58 rushing yards and a touchdown for Cabrini (2-6, 0-3).
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 42, Utica Ford 25: Jordan Irwin threw for a touchdown and carried the ball 26 times for 127 yards and a score, and Cole Anderson had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown for Anchor Bay (5-3, 2-3 MAC White). Ford is 3-5, 2-3.
Northville 27, Novi 19: Jack Burke had 19 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns for Northville (7-1, 5-0 KLAA Central). Jake Moody was 2-for-2 (33, 23) in field goals and 3-for-3 in extra points. Aahmaud Jenkins had 13 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown for Novi (4-4, 3-2).
Redford Union 35, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 14: Thorton Caine had 11 carries for 154 yards and three touchdowns for Union (6-2). Isaac Grant had 16 carries for 144 yards and returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown. Emanuel Ferguson returned a fumble 98 yards for a touchdown for Annapolis (1-7).
Rochester Adams 24, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 6: Chase Kareta had seven carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, Mark Patritto caught two passes for 49 yards and a touchdown and Kyle Wood rushed 20 times for 84 yards and a touchdown for Adams (6-2). Jon Kmiec had a 37-yard field goal. Frank Potenza threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Nate Davis, for the only touchdown for Stoney Creek (1-7).
Walled Lake Western 21, White Lake Lakeland 14: John Tracy was 10-of-20 for 151 yards, three touchdowns and an interception; Justin Thomas had five catches for 51 and two touchdowns; Cam Ford had three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown; and Cody White had four catches for 44 yards and two interceptions for Western (7-1, 5-0 KLAA North). Lakeland is 4-4, 1-4.
Warren Cousino 40, Port Huron 37: Ben Malestyk went 19-for-26 for 356 yards and three touchdowns, Kerry DeBose ran for 209 yards and two scores, and Dan Carnaghi had nine receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown for Cousino (7-1, 5-0 MAC Blue). Port Huron is 4-4, 3-2.
Warren Michigan Collegiate 34, Harper Woods Chandler Park 22: Traecy Hubbard had 25 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns, Shawn Jackson had 11 carries for 130 yards and a score, and Javenote Brown had seven carries for 50 yards and a touchdown for Collegiate (7-1, 5-0 Charter). Emari O’Brien had two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, for Chandler Park (5-3, 4-1).
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer; News staff contributed