Friday, August 29, 2008

WEEK 1: Hartland vs. Livonia Churchill

Hartland opened up their season in top form and didn't waste any time to air it out and find the endzone.

Hartland took the opening kickoff, and under duel threat quarterback Chris Cagle, quickly marched down field. Cagle ran for 35 yards on two carries on the opening drive, before tossing a 9 yard strike to sophomore Matt Poches on a slant route for the early 7-0 lead.

After a quick 3-and-out by the Eagle defense, Cagle went back to work. A pass to Vonn Jones put Hartland back in the red zone and Cagle ended the drive with a 16 yard dash up the middle. Hartland then took a commanding 21-0 lead with 3:35 to go in the first quarter after Cagle hooked up with Jones for a 14 yard TD pass. Jones made a spectacular play by making the catch and keeping his toes inbounds. The drive was set up by a 40 yard pass completion to the 6-4 Poches.

Give Churchill credit because they refused to throw in the towel. The Chargers responded with a big play of their own when Jeff Ricketts snuck past the Hartland defense for a 30 yard TD strike from Grant Morgan.

Before Livonia could build any momentum or confidence Hartland took the field and scored again with less than a minute ticking off the clock. Cagle went deep to Poches for the 48 yard score. Hartland found paydirt one more time before the half, this time Cagle found his big 6-5 tight end, Jon Stevens, in the endzone on a 2nd-and-goal play. The drive was set up by two Jones reverse runs that accumulated 45 yards. The second run came on a fourth down play and Jones was hit in the backfield but was able to shake himself loose and rumble to the two yard line to set up the TD toss giving Hartland a 35-7 lead at the half.

Cagle put the nail in the coffin with 7:38 to go in the third quarter on a 10 yard TD pass to Poches making the score 41-7. The rest of the second half belonged to the reserves. Both team's second units scored making the final 47-14.

GAME MVP- Chris Cagle, Hartland the senior QB threw 5 TD's and ran for another. In the first half alone Cagle rushed for 100 yards and threw for 200 yards. Now listen here, I don't care what most of the rankings say and all the talk if Cagle was two inches taller. The fact is this kid is a playmaker. Whatever college gets him will be getting a steal.

Matt Poches, Hartland- talk about a coming out party! In his varsity debut the soph. had 8 catches for over 130 receiving yards and 3 TD's.

Vonn Jones, Hartland- Everytime Jones touched the ball he was a block away from breaking loose, whether it was on punt returns, reverse runs, bubble passes, or a normal catch.

Jeff Ricketts, Churchill- the speedy back lined up in the backfield as well as the slot. He can be dangerous in the open field and will have a good season. He also played safety and returned kickoffs.

Check back on the NGS homepage in the upcoming days for a complete photo gallery as well as a full game breakdown and player evaluations.

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