Lake Fenton — From the opening play the Blue Devils dominated Goodrich in the two teams’ GAC Red battle Friday night.
And by the end of the second play of the game, the Blue Devils had a lead they never lost, eventually earning a dominating 34-7 victory against the Martians.
Lake Fenton’s defense forced five turnovers and held Goodrich to just 45 yards rushing, resulting in the win. On the opening kickoff, Lake Fenton’s Zac Zielinski recovered a fumble at Goodrich’s 30. A play later, Neil Allor ran around the left side for a 30-yard TD. Lake Fenton (4-0, 5-1) led 6-0 just 15 seconds into the game. As far as Goodrich’s offense was concerned it could’ve been 60-0. The Martians’ offense got beyond midfield only three times, and turned it over two of those times. The other possession ended on downs. The first turnover came on a fumble recovery by Tim Symons late in the first quarter. The second one came late in the third quarter, on Chase Hull’s pick. Lance Hasenfratz, Matt Hommner and Hull had interceptions for Lake Fenton, while Symons and Zielinski recovered fumbles.
“We definitely came out and played angry,” Hasenfratz said. “We wanted this game and we came to play. We knew this was such a big game, we had to come out and play our best or else it was going to be a close game.”
“We played like crazy out there,” said Symons, who also had six tackles. “We were concerned with their run game primarily and we just came to play and stopped them.”
“We played well tonight, we played hard,” Lake Fenton coach Eric Doyle said. “I’m proud of our kids, but I expected this. I really did. I think we are a pretty well kept secret. I don’t think people know about us yet and this was a major statement tonight.”
The Blue Devils took just one play to score on their third possession of the night as well. Nick VanDuser, who finished with 217 rushing yards, ran between the tackles and then worked his way to the outside en route to a 91-yard TD run. A Zielinski block near midfield allowed him to finish the run.
The Blue Devils made it 20-0 with 3:40 left in the first half on a Gage Smith five-yard TD pass to Allor. Allor completed the two-yard two-point conversion pass to Austin Frank. However, Goodrich’s J.R. Dawley responded with a 92-yard kickoff return for a TD of his own on the next play. Lake Fenton led 20-7 at the half.
However, VanDuser scored on a 10-yard run on Lake Fenton’s first possession of the second half raising the lead to 28-7, effectively ending Goodrich’s hopes of a comeback.
Later, Zielinski had a nine-yard TD run with 6:06 left in the contest.
Anyone wondering if the Blue Devils are for real, got their answer on Friday night. Not only did the defense stifle the Martians all night long, but the offense also racked up 414 rushing yards. Along with VanDuser’s big game, Allor finished with 109 ground yards and the only completed pass, the five-yard score.
“(Our key is) how close we are and just how bad we want it,” Hasenfratz said. “We just want it so bad. We want that league championship. The seniors want to go out good and the juniors are helping us.”