FLINT – Davison was expected to be one of the Flint-area’s top football teams in 2023 based on the returning players from last year’s 9-2 team.
But as far as being a statewide power once again, well that was something that was still up in the air.
The Cardinals recorded perhaps their biggest victory since they won the 2019 Division 1 state championship by beating two-time defending Division 2 state champ Warren De La Salle 31-26 in a marathon game that stretched over two days.
The game began Thursday at Atwood Stadium as part of the Vehicle City Gridiron Classic but was postponed at halftime when severe weather set in with De La Salle leading 14-0. It resumed Friday at Davison and the delay was apparently good for the Cardinals.
They scored the only 10 points of the third quarter and then won a wild shootout in the fourth, scoring three of the period’s five touchdowns and winning on a 23-yard pass from Sawyer Glennie to A.J. Hill with 23 seconds left.
Glennie, making his first varsity start, also threw a 37-yard TD pass to Buddy Banks-Williams, Carter Herriman scored on a 2-yard run, Jaxen Clark returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown and Ryder Ferguson kicked a 27-yard field and four PATs.
Glennie completed 12 of 24 passes for 229 yards, Hill rushed 15 times for 66 yards, Banks-Williams had seven receptions for 140 yards and Herriman led the defense with 20 tackles that included a sack.
Swartz Creek 60, Flint 6
Sincer Boyd rushed 10 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns to lead Swartz Creek, which led 28-0 after the first quarter and 52-0 at halftime.
Boyd also had 80 receiving yards and another touchdown.
Stephen Vesely added 131 rushing yards and two TDs for Creek, which got rushing touchdowns from Andrew Booth, Kavin Lockwood and quarterback Brett Hoffman, who passed for 97 yards and another TD.
Alex Miller and Blake Gerow had interceptions for the Dragons.
Lake Fenton 58, Pinckney 6
Carsen Lewis completed 14 of 20 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns to lead Lake Fenton, which got 179 receiving yards and three TDs from Jett Husted. Sam Shumaker also had a touchdown catch and the Blue Devils got rushing TDs from Bryce Fogle and Camden Fray. Noah Hall and Gavin Taylor returning touchdowns for interceptions for Lake Fenton while Ashton Hunter kicked a 27-yard field goal to go with seven extra points.
New Lothrop 34, Muskegon Catholic 20
Jack Kulhanek completed 17 of 20 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown to lead New Lothrop. Kevin Unangst scored twice for the Hornets while Kulhanek and Rakeem Woods ran for New Lothrop touchdowns and Blake Bowns had a TD catch.
Montrose 27 Riverview Gabriel Richard 15
Zack O’Neal rushed 18 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns while completing 11 of 15 passes for 131 yards, another TD and two conversions to lead Montrose. Brandon Horton had six catches for 66 yards and one TD for Montrose, which had 392 total yards that included 261 rushing. The Rams held Richad to 221 total yards that included 142 passing.
Imlay City 48, Hazel Park 0
Matt Evans completed 4 of 6 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns for Imlay City, which got two TD catches from Travis DuPont and two rushing touchdowns from Tanner Land. Travis Tramontana and Brady Redd also rushed for Imlay City TDs and Andrew Cezik had an interception return for a touchdown.