BURTON — The Game of the Year in Genesee County football has arrived this week, as fourth-ranked Carman-Ainsworth travels to No. 1 Flint Powers Catholic for a Saginaw Valley League-South Division showdown Friday night at Holy Redeemer Field.
The teams have matched 6-0 overall records and 3-0 marks in the Valley, dominating their new league after coming over together from the Big Nine Conference. Carman- Ainsworth won the final Big Nine title last season, beating Powers, 31- 26, in week four. But Powers went on to win the Div. 5 state championship.
Carman-Ainsworth racked up its fifth straight mercy-rule victory last Friday, 50-0 over Flint Northwestern, in a Valley game on homecoming night. Six different players scored touchdowns, as the Cavaliers built a 29-0 first-quarter lead and extended it to 43-0 by halftime.
For the third time this season, Carman-Ainsworth scored on its first play from scrimmage, as Demarion Allen ran it in from 34 yards just 1:45 into the game. The Cavs have scored on their first possession in every game this year.
Malik Seales made it 15-0 on a 22- yard run followed by Allen’s twopoint conversion pass to Jaylen Bradley at the 8:13 mark.
Seconds later, Northwestern coughed up the ball on its first play from scrimmage, and Jevonte Alexander picked up a loose ball and took it to the Wildcats’ 11-yard line. Carman-Ainsworth cashed it in immediately, with Brandon Walker catching an 11-yard touchdown pass from Connor Storms at the 7:52 mark. Gerald Holmes capped the first-quarter scoring with a 37-yard touchdown run with 5:17 left in the period.
Alexander struck again in the second quarter, returning an interception 28 yards to make it 36-0 with 9:49 left in the half. Allen then returned a punt 41 yards to make it 43-0 with 2:07 left in the half. Lorenzo Redmond closed out the scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:52 left in the third quarter.
In a balanced ground attack, Redmond had 48 yards on nine carries, Nate Williams 38 yards on three carries, Seales 35 yards on three carries, Allen 34 yards on one carry and Holmes 33 yards on two carries. Storms hit 3-of-6 passes for 45 yards and Walker was 1-for-1 for 23 yards. Seales and L’Daryl Mosley led the defense with six tackles each, as the Cavs recorded their third shutout and second in a row.
Watching tomorrow’s game with interest will be Davison, which is still in the Valley race at 3-1 after last week’s 42-28 loss to Powers. The Cardinals are pulling for a Carman- Ainsworth victory because they could then share the title if they beat the Cavs on Oct. 19. Nobody else is in contention, with Flushing at 2-2, Southwestern Academy at 1-2, Northern at 0-3 and Northwestern at 0-4.