Mohawks focused on postseason

MORLEY — The focus for the Morley Stanwood football team at this stage of the season is about the playoffs.

With the Mohawks having one defeat in the Central State Activities Association, they are beginning to look toward getting the needed six wins to earn a trip into the Michigan High School Athletic Association postseason.

On Friday night, Morley Stanwood picked up win No. 5 with a 47-13 victory over Holton on homecoming night at Morley Stanwood High School.

The Mohawks dropped a close decision to Reed City two weeks back and since that time the focus has changed from winning the CSAA crown for the third-straight year to getting into the playoffs.

“If somebody knocks off Reed City great, but we just want to work as hard as we possibly can and make the playoffs,” Morley Stanwood’s Tyler Hanks said after rushing three times for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass from Tyler Zajkowski from 24 yards out.

Those were the same words that coach Clark Huntey expressed after his offense scored seven touchdowns on nine first-half possessions. Many of the scores were set up by a defense that forced five fumbles and an interception giving the Mohawks a short field to work with.

“I don’t know if we cause any of those turnovers,” Huntey said. “It was wet and we were fortunate they put the ball on the field.”

The defensive effort allowed just 83 yards of offense in the first half and 155 total.

Working with a short field, Morley Stanwood began to click on offense scoring on a Travis Zajkowski to Steven Hopkins pass from 12 yards out.

The Mohawks then went up 21-0 in a span of 33 seconds. Adam Wheeler fumbled the ball into the end zone, which was recovered by Steven Malloy for one touchdown.

After a Holton turnover, Zajkowski found Hanks for a 24-yard strike.

Hanks said though the offense was rolling along, amassing 282 yards in the first half, it was the defense that deserved the credit.

The Red Devils used a spread formation that tried to gain success with quick hitters up the middle. Though Elliot Stahel gained 144 yards and a touchdown on a 53-yard sacmper that made the score 21-7, Hanks said the defense stepped up.

“Steve Malloy, Tyler Wilcox, Matt Parrish, the whole defensive line did a great job,” Hanks said. “They played tough.”

Wheeler would score on a 32-yard run early in the second quarter. The senior amassed 111 yards on the ground on seven carries.Sean Higley, Hanks and Steven Hopkins would all score in the first half as the Mohawks led 47-7 at halftime.

Mike Ellis tallied the lone second-half touchdown on a 3-yard run for Holton.

“(The conference) is out of our control,” Huntey said. “Everything we do is trying to get to six wins and playing good football heading into the playoffs.”

Morley Stanwood is in action at Lakeview on Oct. 8.



Holton 0 7 0 6 — 13

Morley Stanwood 14 33 0 0 — 47


First quarter

MS-Travis Zajkowski 12 pass to Steven Hopkins (Wilcox kick), 3:45

MS-Steven Malloy fumble recovery (Wilcox kick), :26

Second quarter

MS-Zajkowski 24 pass to Tyler Hanks (Wilcox kick), 11:53

H-Elliot Stahel 53 run (Nick Taylor kick), 10:24

MS-Adam Wheeler 32 run (Kick failed), 9:54

MS-Sean Higley 7 run (Wilcox kick), 7:16

MS-Hanks 34 run (Kick failed), 5:45)

MS-Hopkins 10 run (Wilcox kick), 1:59

Fourth quarter

H-Mike Ellis 3 run (kick failed), :23

Individual Statistics

Rushing: Holton 43-155 (Stahel 22-144, Chase Smith 11-(-30), Elliss 9-49, Brody Gould 1-(-8). Morley Stanwood 37-296 (Hopkins 2-9, Ben Koster 2-11, Hanks 3-106, Wheeler 5-111, Higley 7-30, Tylee Boyce-Burden 6-25, Cody Hollister 5-(-6), Colton Dillree 7-10.

Passing: Holton 0-4-1-0 (Chase Smith 0-4-1-0). Morley Stanwood 3-5-0-57 (Zajkowski 3-5-0-57).

Receiving: Morley Stanwood (Wheeler 1-21, Hopkins 1-12, Hanks 1-24).

BIG YARDS: Morley Stanwood's Tyler Hanks (1) picks up big yards during Friday's football game against Holton. (Courtesy photo/Shari O'Neil)

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