Morley Stanwood football squanders 17-point lead in loss to Kent City

MOHAWKS: Morley Stanwood senior Aaron Sharp (34) finds the edge against Kent City on Friday in CSAA Silver action. The Mohawks lost 22-17 to fall to 4-2. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

MOHAWKS: Morley Stanwood senior Aaron Sharp (34) finds the edge against Kent City on Friday in CSAA Silver action. The Mohawks lost 22-17 to fall to 4-2. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

MORLEY — An early 17-0 lead for Morley Stanwood wasn’t enough against Kent City in Friday’s Central State Activities Association Silver Division football game.

The Eagles used key Mohawks turnovers and some big plays to post a 22-17 victory and create a tie for first place with one conference game to play.

Colton Alwand’s 3-yard run with 4:05 left overcame a 17-14 Mohawks advantage and proved to be the winning points for Kent City (4-2, 3-1). Morley Stanwood (4-2, 3-1) still wound up with two possessions, but a fumble and interception killed the Mohawks’ comeback bid.

“We came out firing, got relaxed, sat back and thought they were going to fall over,” Mohawks coach Clark Huntey said. “When they didn’t, we couldn’t recover from it.”

It didn’t appear the Mohawks would need any late rally with their quick start. Aaron Sharp, on a reverse, ran for a 55-yard touchdown on the game’s first drive. Dayne Edgerly had a 72-yard scoring run late in the quarter,

Alex Huberti added a 32-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 17-0 lead.

Kent City’s defense stiffened and the Eagles eventually found their offense. They recovered a fumble late in the half on the Morley Stanwood 25, and Glovanni Weeks scored from 2 yards out for a 17-7 halftime score.

“We’ve been talking about ‘next play, next play, next play’ for weeks and weeks,” Kent City coach Bill Crane said. “Our kids bought into that, and we just focused on the next play and got back in the ballgame slowly but surely.”

Weeks, early in the third quarter, scored on a 62-yard run to make it 17-14.

Late in the fourth quarter on a fourth-and-9 at the Mohawks’ 25, Kent City quarterback Blake Armstrong completed a first-down pass, and the Eagles scored two plays later.

“That was probably the big play,” Huntey said. “We had things covered and did things well. We just didn’t make a tackle. We just didn’t make the big plays when we needed to.”

The Eagles had 236 yards rushing and 30 passing. The Mohawks had 187 yards rushing, led by Edgerly with 92. Nic Huntey passed for 117 yards.

Kent City was 1-8 last season and lost 47-0 to the Mohawks.

“They didn’t quit down by 17,” Huntey said. “They just kept fighting back. They won the game in the trenches.”

Morley Stanwood closes the CSAA season at White Cloud on Friday, and can still clinch at least a share of the title with a win.

“We would (likely) be sharing it with two other schools,” Huntey said. “That’s part of the game.”

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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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