Pinny shut out at homecoming


PINCONNING - Oct. 10, 2008 - Ogemaw Heights' defense shut out its second straight opponent Friday as the Falcons moved above .500 for the first time this season with a 20-0 defeat of Pinconning.

"The defense is getting healthier, and they're playing very well," said Ogemaw coach Andrew Pratley. "Getting Anthony (Carollo) back last week and Conrad Laurion this week really solidified the defense. It also let us get people back to the positions they're supposed to be playing."

The Falcons' John Hughes rushed for 125 yards on 12 carries and all three touchdowns to pace the offense.

It took awhile for the Falcons to get untracked, but his one-yard scoring run with 30 seconds left in the first half gave the Falcons a 6-0 lead. Pinny's Coty Swinson blocked the extra point attempt.

"We had some chances early on that we didn't capitalize on," Pratley said. "But Pinny is very sound defensively, and that was part of it.

"I thought in the second half that we performed pretty well. Hopefully we'll continue to get better."

Hughes added scoring runs of 59 yards in the third quarter and five yards in the fourth.

Carollo also scored on a two-point conversion run.

Andrew Funsch added 96 yards rushing on 14 carries and Carollo added 51 yards on 12 attempts.

Carollo and Tyler Brindley each had 10 total tackles to lead the Falcons. Conrad Laurion, who missed the last game and a half with an injury, added nine tackles, Funsch had nine tackles and an interception and Jarritt Orlando added seven.

The Falcon defense kept the pressure on Pinny quarterback Steven Moore, sacking him five times, including two each by Orlando and Carollo.

The Falcons (4-3, 2-2 NEMC) need to keep winning to reach the magic six wins that would ensure themselves of a playoff spot. The task gets even more difficult this week as they travel to Gaylord, which is 3-4 but has won three of its last four contest, including back-to-back wins over Traverse City Central (26-14) and Alpena (37-8).

The Falcons will also be a homecoming opponent for the third straight week.

"We kind of have a theme going with that," Pratley said. "Gaylord may be the best 3-4 team in the state, though. They have an offense that we haven't faced this year, and a quarterback that is probably the best in Northern Michigan.

"It'll be a challenge for our defense, so hopefully they keep playing well."

Pinconning (2-5, 0-4 NEMC) also faces a tough test, traveling to unbeaten Goodrich (7-0), which beat Otisville-LakeVille 58-0 on Friday and hasn't had any team come any closer than 15 points of beating them this season.


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