Wildcats shut down Mohawks

Turnovers plague Morley Stanwood in road opener

LAKEVIEW — An 80-yard touchdown run on the game’s first drive against Morley Stanwood put the Mohawks in a quick hole Thursday night.

Six lost fumbles during the game made that hole deeper to climb out of in what would be a 36-3 loss to the Lakeview Wildcats in the season opener for both Central State Activities Association football teams.

Lakeview had 362 total net yards compared to 127 for the Mohawks.

Morley Stanwood lost four of their fumbles in the first half and the Wildcats took advantage en route to a 29-3 halftime lead.

HEADING OUTSIDE: Morley Stanwood running back Andrew Hulbert (34) looks to elude the Lakeview defense during Thursday’s loss to the Wildcats (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

“That didn’t help and three (of the fumbles) were down in our own end,” Mohawk coach Clark Huntey said. “They had 20 yards to go for a touchdown. Our defense played a good game. In my book, the second half was 0-0.”

Chase Huntey had seven completions for 79 yards but the Mohawks were only able to net 48 yards on the ground, led by Andrew Hulbert with 36 yards.

Following the opening kickoff, Shurlow, on the first play, rambled 80 yards for the quick six.

“I don’t think that took the wind out of our sails,” Huntey said. “We didn’t play responsible football like we talked about. That wasn’t a game breaker. We had our chance to come back. But then we fumbled after that and fumbled after that. That’s what broke our backs.”

Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart called the run by Shurlow a “confidence booster’ for his team.

“That set the tone,” he said. “It showed how much practice has been paying off and how much doing the little things will help our football team.”

Later in the quarter, Caleb Ruvalcaba booted a 30-yard field goal and Shawn Lindsey scored from two yards out for a 16-0 lead.

Tim Cairnduff kicked a 30-yard field goal late in the first quarter to put the Mohawks on the board.

But Shurlow had a 3-yard run plus a 32-yard pass to Lindsey for two second quarter TDs and a 26-point halftime lead.

The only score in the second half came on Ruvalcaba‘s 25-yard run after a bad snap on a field goal try.

Shurlow gained 95 yards to lead a 188-yard Wildcat rushing attack. He also had nine pass completions for 174 yards.

“We took away their run, other than their big run from the quarterback and one other play later,” Huntey said. “I thought we played an outstanding defensive game. We forced them to pass. They made nice passes and nice catches.”

“Our guys were willing to make those plays and realize we can’t take plays off but have to be relentless from the time the game starts to the time that it ends,” Rinehart said.

Penalties also hurt the Mohawks at key times.

“We moved the ball but we didn’t finish,” Huntey said. “It was the penalties and fumbles.”

The Mohawks are home next week against two-time defending CSAA champion Reed City.

“We’ll try to get some kids healthy,” Huntey said. “We’re a little shorthanded on the bench.”

LAKEVIEW 36, MORLEY STANWOOD 3

MS 3 0 0 0 — 3

L 16 13 0 7 — 36

First quarter

L — Nate Shurlow 80 run (kick failed) 11:41

L — Caleb Ruvalcaba 30 field goal, 9:03

L — Shawn Lindsey 2 run (Ruvalcaba kick), 6:33

MS — Tim Cairnduff 30 field goal, 1;17.

Second quarter

L — Shurlow 10 run (kick failed) 11:56

L — Shurlow 32 pass to Shawn Lindsey (Ruvalcaba kick) 6:36

Fourth quarter

L — Ruvalcaba 25 run (Ruvalcaba kick), 1:17

Passing: Lakeview (Shurlow) 9-13-1-174. Morley Stanwood (Huntey 7-21-1-79)

Rushing: Lakeview 29-188 (Shurlow 8-95, Torres 7-7, Cavendish 9-54, Betten 1-2, Hamlin 1-1, Smith 1-2, Miller 1-2 Ruvalcaba 1-25); Morley Stanwood 35-43 (Hulbert 7-36, Huntey 12-(-)5, Kuhn 5-15, Matt Maguire 1 -(-2)

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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