Mohawks have plenty to play for

MORLEY — Don’t tell Morley Stanwood football coach Clark Huntey his team doesn’t have something to play for.

The Mohawks enter the final week of the regular season with a 7-1 record, ensured of making the postseason and want to head into the playoffs with a victory. But for Huntey, there is another reason why tonight’s game with Central Montcalm is important.

BIG GAME: Tyler Hanks (left) and the Morley Stanwood football team face Central Montcalm tonight. (Pioneer file photo)

“We want home field, I think that will be a huge advantage,” Huntey said.

A victory could give the Mohawks a chance to host at least one postseason contest. A loss would more than likely put Morley Stanwood on the road for the first couple of weeks.

“If we win I think that guarantees us a first-round game (at home) and possibly a second round,” Huntey said.

However, Huntey would not talk in absolutes because he is not sure where his team will land for the playoffs. Though Morley Stanwood has competed in Division 5 the past two years, the Mohawks could slip down to Division 6.

Morley Stanwood was the smallest school in Division 5 a year ago.

The other reason Huntey isn’t looking too far ahead is Central Montcalm.

The Hornets will enter Friday’s contest at Morley Stanwood High School with a 5-3 record and needing a victory over the Mohawks to make the postseason.

“They have a lot to play for,” Huntey said.

Central Montcalm’s offense also will have the entire defenses attention. Running the veer offense, the Hornets have enjoyed various levels of success this season.

Morley Stanwood has had trouble stopping part of the offense, according to Huntey. In each of the past two years, the Hornets quarterback has gained more than 100 yards.

“We have to play responsibility football,” Huntey said. “We know what we have to do and we are working hard to prepare this week.”

The Mohawks have been clicking along offensively the past two weeks, rolling to a 48-27 victory over Lakeview and a 48-14 win over Hesperia.

Huntey sees a unit beginning to hit its stride because of the dual threat of running and passing the ball. Tyler Hanks went for more than 100 yards against the Wildcats, but with the Panthers gearing up to stop the senior, that left Adam Wheeler a chance to go for 250 yards on just nine carries.

Throw in quarterback Travis Zajkowski and the Mohawks present challenges for most defenses.

“This is an offense that has to be able to attack left, right and up the middle and to do that you need three solid running backs to keep defenses honest,” Huntey said. “Travis is a great quarterback and that gives us another weapon.”

 

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