MCC falls to Sacred Heart

MOUNT PLEASANT — Defending Division 8 state champion Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart set an early tone Saturday in its 55-39 win against Manistee Catholic Central.

But the Sabers didn’t let a quick 21-0 deficit stall its offense completely.

“When we went down there, I don’t think we started out good but I really thought we ended up playing pretty well,” said MCC coach Dave Russell. “I really think this was a confidence builder.”

The Irish found the endzone on the first play from scrimmage Saturday, and scored twice more before MCC quarterback Alex Hogan threw his first of three touchdown passes to get his team on the board.

“At first, when you’re playing somebody as good as they are you’ve got to realize you can compete,” Russell explained. “As it went on I think our kids figured out that the kids on the other side of the line are no different than they are.

“They jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the first quarter, but then when we scored, it kind of went back and forth after that.”

Sacred Heart (3-2) took a 28-6 lead into the second quarter and led 42-20 at the half.

After the Irish built on their lead with 13 third-quarter points while holding the Sabers scoreless, MCC (2-3) began to chip away in the fourth by scoring 19 points on three touchdowns. Sacred Heart’s lead, however, was too much to overcome.

Despite the differential on the scoreboard, the Sabers finished just four yards shy of total offense than the opposition with 402. Hogan threw three touchdown tosses, one each to receivers Ben Feliczak, Alex Bialik and Mason Clark.

Hogan also scored on a 40-yard quarterback sneak while backs Aaron Shively and Jesse Miller each broke for 55-yard touchdown rushes.

There were no other statistics available.

“I’m really proud of our kids. All of them got good playing time and they all did well,” Russell said. “I think this game was a character builder, I really do. I think it’s going to help going into the weeks to come. And there’s a lot of season left.”

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