2009-11-01 / Sports

Hornets out-gun Eagles in grid district opener

New Lothrop rallies for 56-33 win

GROSS YARDAGE – New Lothrop’s Spencer Gross (22) tries to evade a Sterling Heights Parkway Christian defender as Tyler Moriarity (81) hopes for a block during Fridays 56-33 win. Gross amassed 168 yards in 13 carries to lead the team; Moriarity recorded three tackles and a fumble recovery (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). GROSS YARDAGE – New Lothrop’s Spencer Gross (22) tries to evade a Sterling Heights Parkway Christian defender as Tyler Moriarity (81) hopes for a block during Fridays 56-33 win. Gross amassed 168 yards in 13 carries to lead the team; Moriarity recorded three tackles and a fumble recovery (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). FRASER – It was an offensive shootout but New Lothrop’s defense came up big when it had to in the second half to win its playoff opener, 56- 33, over Sterling Heights Parkway Christian last Friday at Fraser High School.

“The first half was backand forth and neither team could really get a stop,” Hornets coach Clint Galves said. “It looked like it was going to be one of those games that whoever had the ball last would win.”

Parkway Christian got out to a 14-0 lead in the opening period on two touchdown passes by Vinnie Celicata, one of 68 yards and the other of 16 yards.

ENDZONE STRIDE – New Lothrop’s Tyler Bennett (3) steps foot into the endzone with the help of two blockers for a three-yard touchdown in the first half of the playoff opener over Sterling Heights Parkway Christian. Bennett scored five touchdowns and added 78 yards in 16 carries in the 56-33 win (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). ENDZONE STRIDE – New Lothrop’s Tyler Bennett (3) steps foot into the endzone with the help of two blockers for a three-yard touchdown in the first half of the playoff opener over Sterling Heights Parkway Christian. Bennett scored five touchdowns and added 78 yards in 16 carries in the 56-33 win (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). New Lothrop came back with 11:54 to go in the second quarter when Jeremy Emmendorfer capped an eight-play 65- yard drive with a six-yard run. Tyler Bennett ran for the two-point conversion making the score 14-8.

Parkway Christian would score again at the 8:27 mark on another TD pass by Delicata, this one from seven yards out. The PAT was good pushing the lead to 21-8.

New Lothrop would come back strong, however, with Bennett scoring on a three-yard run and kicking the extra point at the 6:00 minute mark, then Emmendorfer ran in from 40 yards out just over three minutes later. Bennett’s kick put the Hornets up 22-21.

SIDELINED – New Lothrop ball carrier Jeremy Emmendorfer (6) takes a hard hit from a Sterling Heights Parkway Christian Eagle just yards from the endzone—Emmendorfer’s long dash set the Hornets up for a three-yard touchdown run by Tyler Bennett in the next play. Emmendorfer recorded 101 yards in seven carries in the 56-33 playoff opener win (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). SIDELINED – New Lothrop ball carrier Jeremy Emmendorfer (6) takes a hard hit from a Sterling Heights Parkway Christian Eagle just yards from the endzone—Emmendorfer’s long dash set the Hornets up for a three-yard touchdown run by Tyler Bennett in the next play. Emmendorfer recorded 101 yards in seven carries in the 56-33 playoff opener win (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). But Parkway Christian wasn’t done. Delicata scored on a two-yard run with just 10 seconds left in the second stanza. The two-point conversion try failed putting the halftime score at 27-22.

New Lothrop would come back to take the lead with 2:06 left in the third quarter when Bennett capped an 80-yard, ninepay drive with a two-yard run. The two-point conversion was no good but the Hornets led 28-27.

PACK ATTACK -- A pack of Bulldog defenders pulls down Sandusky’s Andrew Fetting. In on the attack are Tim Santino (72), Kyle Morel (2) and Zac Henninger (9). PACK ATTACK -- A pack of Bulldog defenders pulls down Sandusky’s Andrew Fetting. In on the attack are Tim Santino (72), Kyle Morel (2) and Zac Henninger (9). But less than two minutes later Parkway Christian’s Delicata gave his team the lead again on a 12-yard scamper. The two-point conversion failed making the score 33-28.

The fourth quarter, however, was all New Lothrop. Bennett scored two touchdowns in a fourminute span, both on sixyard runs. He also kicked one extra and ran in a two-point conversion try to give the Rams the lead for good, 43-33.

Bennett added a 10-yard scoring run with 2:30 remaining and Cody Peterman closed out the scoring with 22 seconds left in the game when he returned an interception 55 yards for the TD. Zach Labombard kicked the extra point for the final 56-33 margin of victory.

“We came out in the second half and made some adjustments defensively,” Galvas said. “We held them to one touchdown and that was on a trick play. The defense really came up big and the offense continued to move the ball.

PLAYOFF CLASH – Hornet Austin Severn is dragged down by a Sterling Heights Parkway Christian defender during one of his eight carries totaling 75 yards towards the 55-33 win for New Lothrop’s first playoff game Friday night. PLAYOFF CLASH – Hornet Austin Severn is dragged down by a Sterling Heights Parkway Christian defender during one of his eight carries totaling 75 yards towards the 55-33 win for New Lothrop’s first playoff game Friday night. “We were having success on the ground so we just kept pounding away.”

New Lothrop ended the night with 457 yards of total offense, 452 yards rushing.

Spencer Gross had 168 yards on 13 carries. Emmendorfer added 101 yards on seven carries, Bennett chipped in 78 yards on 16 carries and Austin Severn gained 75 yards on eight carries.

Defensively for the Hornets, Taylor Copes had 11 tackles and Gross 10. Peterman and Emmendorfer each had six tackles and an interception, while Tyler Moriarity added three tackles and recovered a fumble.

CELEBRATION – DeAndre Johnson (10) and Jeremy Emmendorfer (6) celebrate the Hornets first touchdown en route to a 56-33 victory in the first round of playoff play against Sterling Heights Parkway Christian on Friday night (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). CELEBRATION – DeAndre Johnson (10) and Jeremy Emmendorfer (6) celebrate the Hornets first touchdown en route to a 56-33 victory in the first round of playoff play against Sterling Heights Parkway Christian on Friday night (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). New Lothrop, now 7-3 on the year, will advance to the district finals either Friday or Saturday against the winner of Deckerville- Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes game, which was scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
SACKED – New Lothrop’s Shea McGillen (56) moves in for a quarterback sack in Friday’s 56-33 win over Sterling Heights Parkway Christian Friday night (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). SACKED – New Lothrop’s Shea McGillen (56) moves in for a quarterback sack in Friday’s 56-33 win over Sterling Heights Parkway Christian Friday night (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis).
TOUCHDOWN -- St. Charles’ Dugan Roosa scores a second quarter touchdown in Friday’s win over Sandusky. TOUCHDOWN -- St. Charles’ Dugan Roosa scores a second quarter touchdown in Friday’s win over Sandusky.

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