Football team’s second-half rally falls short

Carman-Ainsworth’s Dustin Fletcher fires off a pass during a Week Three game against Davison. Photo by Brandon Pope

Carman-Ainsworth’s Dustin Fletcher fires off a pass during a Week Three game against Davison. Photo by Brandon Pope

FLINT TWP. – A fiery third quarter from the Carman-Ainsworth football team was not enough to hold off a fourth-quarter comeback from visiting Traverse City West. The Cavs ended up losing 19-13 Friday.

The scoring for both teams happened mostly in the second half, with the exception of a 38-yard field goal from Traverse City West at the 1:21 mark in the first quarter to put the Titans ahead 3-0. That lead held until the second half.

Early in the third quarter, Carman- Ainsworth took its first lead of the game on a two-yard run from Dustin Fletcher. A successful extra point by Mohamed Farhan put the Cavs ahead 7-3 with 10 minutes to go in the quarter. Fletcher then completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Trent Barron at the 6:25 mark to help the Cavs take a 13-3 lead following a blocked extra point.

From then on, the scoring shifted entirely in favor of Traverse City West. The Titans closed the gap with a 26-yard field goal at the 11-minute mark in the final frame and followed it up with a three-yard rushing touchdown with 6:11 remaining to tie the game at 13-13. The Titans sealed the win with a five-yard rushing touchdown with just 28 seconds remaining to go ahead 19-13.

Dustin Fletcher finished the game 6-for-15 passing with 135 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for nine yards on nine carries. Tanayshio Dones rushed for nine yards on three carries and Keshawn Keyes had seven yards. Barron led the Carman-Ainsworth receivers with three catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Idris Bray had one reception for 24 yards, Jakobe Blount caught one pass for 15 yards and Mike Fletcher had one catch for 14 yards.

Defensively, Dones led the way with 13 solo tackles and five assists. Fletcher had five solo tackles with two assists and a sack and Ronnie Pompey had four solo tackles with one assist. Aaviyon Levertte added one solo tackle with six assists.

Carman-Ainsworth, 3-3, hosts Lapeer, 6-0, for homecoming Saturday at noon.

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Team League Overall
Davison 4-0 6-0
Lapeer 4-0 6-0
Grand Blanc 2-2 4-2
Carman-Ainsworth 1-2 3-3
Powers Catholic 1-2 3-3
Flint 1-3 1-5
Arthur Hill 0-4 0-6

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