Monday, October 13, 2008

WEEK 7: Grand Blanc vs. Powers

**GB's Tony Jones #1 and Ryan Morley #7**
**Powers Matt Burnor tries to find running room**
**GB's Justice Hayes made plenty of running room**

Flint- Grand Blanc took another step closer to qualifying for the playoffs with a 40-14 beat down over conference rival Flint Powers. The Bobcats started the season by loosing three of their first four games and at the time the playoffs seemed nearly impossible but since then G.B. has rolled up three straight wins and are two more away from the postseason.

The Bobcats played spoiler to Powers on Homecoming Night by racking up 472 yards of total offense. G.B. opened the scoring up with a 26 yard scoring strike from sophomore Ryan Morley to fellow sophomore teammate Justice Hayes. The Bobcats struck again with another Morley touchdown, this time from six yards out to James Dehoff.

Powers responded with a three yard touchdown run from Matt Burnor to cut the Bobcat lead to 14-7. Unfortunately for the Chargers they just didn't have enough fire power to keep pace with the Bobcats and before Powers could build anymore momentum G.B. struck again. Hayes made the play of the game when he broke a tackle in the backfield, then hurdled a pair of would be tacklers, then sprinted 75 yards for a 21-7 lead. The Bobcats tacked on another TD 11 seconds before the halftime when Hayes crossed paydirt on 4th-and-goal from the 3.

It was one of those nights for the Chargers as nothing could go right. After forcing the Bobcats to punt to start the second half, Powers muffed the punt and it was recovered by G.B.'s Gabe Martin. Grand Blanc took advantage of the field position and Hayes ran in his third TD for a 33-7 lead. Powers finally found some offensive success and moved the ball inside the 10 yard line but a fumble was scooped up by Dehoff and he was finally tackled near midfield. A fake receiver screen to Tony Jones left Adam VanHorn wide open for a huge pass play to get the Bobcats inside the redzone. Morley capped G.B.'s final scoring drive with a QB keeper.

Grand Blanc- the Bobcats look like a playoff team and are now just two wins away. The youth has quickly grown up and the Bobcats don't play like a team that is led by underclassmen. The offense has put up points all season long and now the defense is getting the job done.

Powers- turnovers hurt the Chargers and G.B. took advantage of them. Once Powers got down they just didn't have the offensive weapons to rally back. Powers falls to 2-5 and it doesn't get any easier as Brother Rice comes to town next week.

GAME MVP- Ryan Morley, GB the super soph just has it! He has every intangible you look for in a quarterback. He plays calm and no matter what the situation is he's cooler than the other side of the pillow. His early TD passes gave GB the lead and the Bobcats never looked back. Morley finished 14 of 22 for 206 yards and 3 TD passes to go with a rushing TD.

Justice Hayes, GB- another GB sophomore with a ton of potential, like Morley, Hayes is the real deal! He'll run around you or through you. Hayes finished with 153 rushing yards and 3 TDs to go with 3 catches for 86 yards.

Tony Jones, GB- T.J. had a quiet night with only 4 catches for 22 yards but he drew double and triple coverage all night and his Bobcats teammates just stepped up and made Powers pay for it. The numbers don't show it but T.J. played a huge role in the win.

Justin Music, GB-
the 6-4/300 pound lineman tossed around Powers' lineman all night. He also showed off his ability to pick up big blocks 15 yards down field. He's still unsigned but I would suggest that all M.A.C. colleges need to take a serious look.


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