FLINT TWP. – Carman-Ainsworth scored three touchdowns in the first six minutes and went on to whip Bay City Central 40-0 in a Saginaw Valley League-Red football romp last Friday at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School.
The Cavaliers took a 27-0 lead into the halftime homecoming activities and capped the rout with a 101-yard interception return for a touchdown by Cahlil Brownlee with 5:05 left in the game.
Isaac Gillum hit 8-of-12 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown filling in for injured quarterback Josh Jackson, and Jalen Lewis and Logan Banister scored two touchdowns each as Carman- Ainsworth improved to 3-2 in the SVLRed and kept its playoff hopes alive at 4-3.
The Cavs wasted no time, getting on the board just 1:41 into the game when Jaylen Bradley took a short pass from Gillum on fourth-and-5 and raced 37 yards down the left sideline for a 7-0 lead.
Justs 1:51 later, Lewis scored from the 8-yard line on a touchdown set up by Banister’s 40-yard pass reception from Gillum.
Banister got into the act himself with still 5:53 left in the first quarter on a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead. The Cavs made it 27-0 on Banister’s 11-yard run with 5:17 left in the half.
The Cavs were back at it early in the second half, as Lewis scored on an 11-yard run with 9:39 left in the third quarter to make it 34-0. Brownlee gave the homecoming crowd one last thrill by intercepting a Bay City pass a yard deep in the end zone and taking it all the way with 5:05 left in the game.
Meanwhile, the Cavs’ defense earned the shutout by stopping the Wolves at the 14, 24, 14 and 2 yard lines.
Lewis led a 165-yard rushing attack with 125 yards on 13 carries. Banister had 169 all-purpose yards, including 49 yards on two catches. Brownlee caught three balls for 55 yards.
Carman-Ainsworth will visit undefeated Lapeer, ranked ninth in Div. 1, this Friday.
Saginaw Valley League-Red
Lapeer 5-0 7-0
Midland 4-1 6-1
Carman-Ainsworth 3-2 4-3
Mount Pleasant 3-2 5-2
Bay City Central 2-3 2-5
Flint Northwestern 1-5 1-6
Saginaw Arthur Hill 0-5 0-7