AGS thwart AE's bid for a winning season
ARENAC EASTERN — Arenac Eastern was bound and determined to make AuGres-Sims pay if the Wolverines dared to take them lightly.
The Eagles stayed with the Wolverines for most of the first half, even led for awhile, but AGS put the hammer down in the final minutes of the second quarter and first minutes of the third to key a 35-16 victory over their Arenac County rivals. The victory kept the Wolverines' playoff hopes alive and ended the Eagles' hopes of finishing with a .500 record for the year.
"I was relieved that we were able to keep our composure after they went ahead," said AGS coach Dr. Scott McAlindon. "We've been in enough back-and-forth games that the guys don't panic when something bad happens, and it was a good thing that was the case (against AE).
“We were able to put together some long drives," McAlindon said. "Against teams like North Huron next week, and teams we'd face if we make the playoffs, we'll need to be able to do that. That's something I hope pays off."
If the waning minutes of the first half put AE in a hole, the first minutes of the third quarter proved fatal. AE moved backwards on its first drive, with a pair of penalties, and a pair of big defensive plays by the Wolverines putting the Eagles at 3rd-and-35. That set up the Wolverines for a quick four-play, 41 yard drive, with Lutz again scoring on a short run to make it 26-8.
Morgan later scored on a 9-yard run to cap a 72-yard drive for AE, but the damage was done and the Eagles got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way. Lutz's 12-yard pass early in the fourth quarter finished the scoring.
"I was real pleased with our effort," Machulis said. "Competing against a team with a lot of upperclassmen, the kids have nothing to hang their heads over.
"We'll take this and build off it, focus on going up to Akron and hopefully get our third win of the season. From there, we won't take any time off. We'll start working for next season right away."
Morgan finished with 47 yards rushing on 18 carries and threw for 33 yards on 2-of-6 passing. Joey Kramer (30 yards) and Nick Phelan (eight yards) had the receptions. Whitney added 45 yards on 11 carries and Rahn had 36 yards on five carries.
Buford Jones had 10 tackles and Al Bilacic added eight to lead the Eagles' (2-5) defense.
Lutz was 16-of-26 passing for the Wolverines for 223 yards and rushed for 87 yards on 16 carries. Gingerich led the receiving corps with 73 yards on our catches, with Taylor (52 yards) and Travis Byard (40 yards) also catching for passes apiece.
Nathan Trapp had nine solo tackles and four assists, with Nate Jennings adding four tackles, Zach Dieleman with five tackles and two assists and Jonathan Miller an interception for the Wolverines.
AuGres-Sims (5-3) faces Kinde North Huron (4-4) on the road in a game the Wolverines need to win to assure themselves of a playoff spot.