Monday, October 6, 2008

WEEK 6: Mt. Pleasant vs. Arthur Hill

**M.P.'s Brett Burch**
**A.H.'s Omari Humes finds the endzone**
**M.P.'s Jon McCann hauls in a pitch**
**A.H.'s Chandler Young looks for running room**

Saginaw- Before Arthur Hill even knew what hit them, the visiting Oilers were ahead 15-0 with less than two minutes into the contest. First fullback Brett Burch busted up the gut and raced 49 yards for the game's first score. Arthur Hill fumbled the ball away on their second play from scrimmage, giving the Oilers the ball right at midfield. On the ensuing play, the Oilers called a hitch-and-pitch, and Jon McCann took the pitch 46 yards for a score.

The Lumberjacks managed to answer back with Omari Humes, who single handily drove his Jacks downfield with a handful of 10 yard runs. Humes finished off the drive with a 5 yard TD run, Humes also tacked on the 2-point conversion to pull Arthur Hill within 15-8.

The Oilers went right back to work and again quickly drove down field until the drive appeared to be stalled when Mt. Pleasant faced a 4th-and-4. The Oilers gave the ball to William Odykirk who was way short of the first down marker but then shook off a defender and ran in the endzone for a 22-8 lead. The fireworks continued when Arthur Hill's Demarcio Copes refused to to go down and broke out of a pile for a 72 yard score.

Mt. Pleasant's offense continued to play perfect by tacking on two more first half scores to take a 36-20 lead into the half. Jarrett Leister went back to Odykirk for a 40 yard score and then Leister ran in from 15 yards.

While the first half was filled with big plays from the offenses, the second was filled with defensive plays and turned into a battle of field position.

With 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Humes crossed paydirt from 6 yards out. A successful 2-point conversion then cut the Oilers' lead to 36-38. Arthur Hill managed to get possession of the ball twice in the game's final five minutes but could not manage to find the endzone. McCann's interception on his own 10 yard line secured the win for his Oilers with 1:21 to play.


Mt. Pleasant- what an offensive performance by Coach McIntyre and crew. I truly don't think the Oilers ran a single play in the same formation twice as they kept the Jacks guessing. The Oilers are now 5-1 and have been flying under the radar with an offense that has been averaging 32 points a game and can move the ball in any aspect of the game.

Arthur Hill- the Jacks were able to make some adjustments at the half and keep M.P. out of the endzone in the second half but you just can't give up 36 first half points and expect to win. With an injury to feature back Jerrell Wilson, the Jacks were forced to move Humes to tailback and I feel like that takes away from their passing game, as Humes is Mike Schaaf's #1 target.

GAME MVP- Jon McCann, M.P.- McCann was all over the field. He had a few rushes but came up big as a receiver and safety. The 6-1 junior had a 43 yard TD to go with 2 INT's on defense. His second INT secured the win.

Jarrett Leister, M.P.- the QB did was very consistent for four quarters, he finished with 170 passing yards on 11 of 22 passes for 3 TDs to go with 68 rushing yards and another TD.

Tom Lemke, M.P.- a 6-3/230 pound sophomore who starts both ways as a D-tackle and right guard. Lemke has the speed to play linebacker or D-end in the future but is physical enough to make plays deep in the trenches.

Omari Humes, Hill- Humes is a workhorse! I was anxious to see him play running back and he impressed me. I don't know how many times he left Oiler defenders on their backs. Humes finished with 100 rushing yards and 2 TDs to go with 13 tackles from his middle linebacker position.

Chandler Young, Hill- I like the bounce and playmaking ability Young has. The sophomore lined up at WR, TB, and QB and looked good at all three positions.

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