Fenton varsity football coach Jeff Setzke feels his team is playing its best football of the season.
It’s hard to blame him for thinking that way.
The Tigers (5-1, 6-1) defeated Kearsley 54-0 on the road, keeping them just one game out of the top spot of the Flint Metro League standings. The win also marks the sixth win, meaning the Tigers are in the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
“It’s the fifth consecutive year we’ve made the playoffs. It’s a nice streak and our kids are proud of the accomplishment,” Setzke said. “We usually play our best football at the end of the year and we are starting to again this year.”
The Tigers blew the game open against Kearsley with 34 points in the first quarter alone. Trent Grimes had TD runs of 1 and 35 yard for the first two scores, while Brennen Clarke had runs of 18 and five yards for the second two. Connor Davidson threw for the fifth on a 48-yard pass to Mitch Shegos.
Grimes added a third TD in the second quarter on a 20-yard run. After Shegos made what was his fifth extra point of the game, the Tigers led 41-0.
In the second half, James Claborn completed a 45-yard pass to Zach Kostka for a score and Garrett Mercord had a two-yard run, capping the scoring.
Davidson completed 5-of-5 passes for 140 yards and a score. Grimes ran for 105 yards and three TDs on eight carries. Clarke had 41 yards on six carries.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed just 24 yards total offense, including just 21 rushing yards on 23 carries.
“As a team we played really well and shut them down well,” Setzke said. “We were playing good tonight, real solid. We’ll find out what we are all about in the next week.”
Fenton has a home game against the Metro League leaders, Swartz Creek (6-0, 7-0). With a win the Tigers will move into a first-place tie with at least Creek, possibly Linden, with one more week remaining in the regular season. The game is Fenton’s annual Wounded Warrior contest as well. Fenton is 0-2 in Wounded Warrior games.
“We have not fared well, but hopefully that will change this year,” Setzke said. “They are focused and know what the goals are.”