Former TCC coach resigns at Dundee

Dundee will change coaching staffs this week when it plays its football game against Hillsdale following the resignation of head coach Matt Garno.

The Vikings went 5-4 last year, narrowly missing the playoffs, but started 0-3 this season, including a loss to TCC’s Britton-Deerfield in Week 2.

The Vikings had started the 2014 season with by losing to Grass Lake 31-12, Britton-Deerfield 36-20 and Erie Mason 20-19.

Garno is Madison graduate who coached at Whiteford in 2010 and 2011, going 9-9 in his two season coaching the Bobcats. He replaced Ed Maloney at Dundee. The Vikings had made the playoffs three consecutive years from 2010-2012 and fell just shy of qualifying last season. Garno also is a former assistant coach at Blissfield.

Madison grad wins MIAA honor

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Adrian College defensive specialist Haley Mellon its “Specialty Player of the Week” in volleyball.

Mellon, a freshman from Madison, had 101 digs in five matches for the week as Adrian went 5-0. She had 24 digs in a five-set MIAA win over Albion and added 22 digs in a sweep of Pitt-Greensburg, Pa. at the Allegheny, Pa. Gator Invitational.

Sexton & Co. lead Clinton past Whiteford

Matthew Sexton had more than 100 yards in rushing receiving Friday. - Photo by Jack Donnelly

Matthew Sexton had more than 100 yards in rushing receiving Friday.
- Photo by Jack Donnelly

By DOUG DONNELLY

OTTAWA LAKE – Matthew Sexton picked up more than 200 yards of offense and scored three touchdowns Friday as Clinton rolled to a 54-30 win over the Whiteford Bobcats.

The 3-0 Redskins have now won 15 consecutive TCC games.

“I am really impressed with our football team, to get out of there, coming off a bye week, with a win,” Clinton coach Scott McNitt said. “Whiteford is a good football team that is going to win a lot of football games this year.”

Clinton put up 29 points in the third quarter alone in a game that it actually trailed, 22-21 with 5:54 left in the third quarter.

That’s when a flurry of Redskin touchdowns broke the game open.  After a Whiteford turnover, Ryan Karapas found Jared Sackett on a 46-yard touchdown pass. Less than a minute, following another turnover, Matthew Sexton caught a 48-yard TD pass from Karapas. Then, with less than a minute left in the quarter, Collin Poore rambled 57 yards for a score.

The three scores in less than four minutes proved too much for the Bobcats, who fell for the 11th consecutive time to the Redskins, dating back to the first meeting between the two schools in 1972.

Clinton’s rushing attack totaled 334 yards on just 30 carries.

Collin Poore ran for 163 yards on 12 carries, an average of 13.6 a carry. Sexton was even better, averaging 15.5 yards with his 124 rushing stripes. Noah Poore averaged 13.5 yards a tote on his two carrries.

Sexton also went over 100 yards in receiving.

Whiteford gained 303 yards of offense in the loss and had a 100-yard rusher in Cody Kiefer. However, Clinton’s defense did have its moments – creating four Bobcat turnovers.

“We scored on our first possession to start the second half and then got a key turnover,” McNitt said. “That flipped the game to our favor. I think it took them out of their game a little bit. They couldn’t just grind and run. Our defense hung in there.”

Noah Poore had two interceptions – one off a Sackett tip – and Karapas one pick. Sexton was in on 12 tackles – including seven solo stops. David Chantelois had 12 tackles and Kenneth DeShano 10 for the Redskins. Two of DeShano’s tackles were for a loss.

Clinton will host Madison next week while Whiteford will play Britton-Deerfield.

TCC football standings – Through Week 3

ALL GAMES W L PF PF AVG PA PA AVG
Clinton 3 0 95 47.5 49 24.5
Morenci 3 0 125 41.7 16 5.3
Britton-Deerfield 2 1 86 28.7 55 18.3
Summerfield 2 1 58 19.3 68 22.7
Whiteford 2 1 104 34.7 66 22.0
Whitmore Lake 2 1 40 13.3 21 7.0
Madison 1 2 55 18.3 86 28.7
Sand Creek 0 2 35 17.5 62 31.0
TCC GAMES W L PF PF AVG PA PA AVG
Clinton 1 0 54 54.0 30 30.0
Morenci 1 0 48 48.0 0 0.0
Summerfield 1 0 12 12.0 8 8.0
Whitmore Lake 1 0 14 14.0 0 0.0
Britton-Deerfield 0 1 0 0.0 14 14.0
Madison 0 1 0 0.0 48 48.0
Sand Creek 0 0 8 8.0 12 12.0
Whiteford 0 1 30 30.0 54 54.0

Summerfield holds off Aggies, 12-8

Summerfield held off Sand Creek Friday, 12-8, halting the Aggies’ bid for its first win since the 2012 season.

Bulldog quarterback Zach Philipp gave Summerfield the lead with 3:28 left in the game, but the Aggies came back and had a chance to win the game on the last play of the game but Summerfield’s John Milkovich batted down an Aggie pass.

Summerfield is 2-1 and will host 3-0 Morenci Sept. 19.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first when Zach Philipp completed a 27 yard touchdown pass to Levi Ladd with 4:17 remaining in the second quarter. The score remained 6-0 until the 5:09 mark of the 4th quarter when Trenden Peacock got in the end zone on a 1-yard QB sneak for the Aggies. Peacock passed to Charlie Robertson for the 2-pt conversion to give the Aggies their first lead of the night, 8 – 6.

After the ensuing kickoff,   Summerfield started their next drive at their own 18-yard line with

5:05 remaining.  Two key passes – one on a fourth-and-5 – put Summerfield down to the Aggie 1-yard line, leading to Philipp’s score.

The Aggies moved the ball all the way down to the Bulldog 9-yard line with seven seconds to go, but the clock started running once the chains were moved following the first down. Sand Creek was then called for illegal procedure on the next play, which brought the ball back to the 14-yard line when the pass fell incomplete, sealing the win for Summerfield.

Clinton 54, Whiteford 30

Clinton 54 Whiteford 30

TEAM STATISTICS
C             W
First downs-Plays             16-40     22-74
Rushes-yards                     30-334   61-235
Comp-Att-Int                     7-11-0   5-13-3
Passing yards                     143         67
Fumbles-Lost                     0-0          2-1
Punts-Avg.                          1-35.0    1-28.0
Penalties-Yards                 7-75       10-65

SCORE BY QUARTERS
Clinton  7              6              29           12           —           54
Whiteford           0              16           6              8              —           30

SCORING

C – Matthew Sexton 70 run (Erik Brouse kick), 2:11, 1st

W – Josh Beck 1 run (Cody Kiefer run), 9:46, 2nd

C – Collin Poore 24 run (Kick failed), 7:26, 2nd

W – Cody Kiefer 4 run (Cody Kiefer run), 2:40, 2nd

C – Matthew Sexton 26 run (Noah Poore run), 9:47, 3rd

W – Josh Beck 1 run (run failed), 5:54, 3rd

C – Jared Sackett 46 pass from Ryan Karapas (Collin Poore run), 3:45 3rd

C – Matthew Sexton 48 pass from Ryan Karapas (Erik Bouse kick), 2:38, 3rd

C – Collin Poore 57 run (kick failed):37, 3rd

W – Jesse Kiefer 7 run (Jesse Kiefer run), 10:10, 4th

C – Collin Poore 44 run (run failed), 9:20, 4th

C – Noah Poore 23 run (kick blocked), 8:24, 4th

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING — Clinton: Collin Poore 12-163; Matthew Sexton 8-124; Noah Poore 2-27, Ethan Barret 2-18, Bradley Gilbert 3-11, Ryan Karapas 3-(minus)-9. Whiteford: Cody Kiefer 20-102, Josh Beck 16-62, Jesse Kiefer 12-58, Jake Becki 4-17, Jacob Shelton 2-8, John Reditt 4-(minus)-3, Conner Hoogendorn 1-0, Blake Wing 1-(minus)-1, Mitchell Iott 1-(minus)-8.
PASSING — Clinton: Ryan Karapas 7-11-143. Whiteford: John Reditt 5-13-77.
RECEIVING— Clinton: Matthew Sexton 5-102, Jared Sackett 1-46, Collin Poore 1-(minus)-5). Whiteford: Mitchell Iott 2-35, Hunter Nagle 1-12, Josh Beck 1-11, Jake Becki 1-9.