FLINT TWP. – The Carman- Ainsworth football team struggled in its season opener last Friday, losing to Port Huron 33-6 in the third annual Vehicle City Gridiron Classic at Atwood Stadium.
Port Huron jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the 11:40 mark of the first quarter when Nijere Finney ran for an 82-yard touchdown. DeOvion Price then hit Shaka Brown with a 43-yard touchdown pass at 3:24. Kicker Kacey Szczepkowski missed the ensuing extra point, keeping the Big Reds’ lead at 13-0. Port Huron added another score before half when Luke van der Feyst ran for a 36-yard touchdown. Szczepkowski’s extra-point attempt was blocked, leaving Port Huron with a 19-0 lead at the break.
The Cavaliers scored their first points of the season at the 9:01 mark of the third quarter when quarterback Dustin Fletcher threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Chris Coleman. Darwin Bostwick’s extra point was no good, leaving Carman-Ainsworth in a 19-6 hole.
Finney scored an eight-yard rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion with 4:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. Ethan Balon added a 35-yard touchdown run at the 3:25 mark to give the game its final score.
Port Huron won the total yardage battle, outgaining Carman-Ainsworth 435-259.
Fletcher led the Cavs’ offense in all facets, going 11-for-17 through the air for 185 yards and a score. He also ran for 38 yards on 11 carries. Coleman was his primary target, reeling in four passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Daylin Hamlin caught three passes for 41 yards, and Norman Montgomery has two receptions for 25 yards. On the ground, Jonaje Wright ran eight times for 33 yards.
Ronnie Pompey led the Carman- Ainsworth defense with six tackles, four assists and 0.5 sacks. Charles Johnson added five tackles and four assists. Teshan Compaore had 3.5 tackles, three assists and 0.5 sacks.
The Cavaliers, 0-1, host Midland High at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School tomorrow at 7 p.m.