FLUSHING — Carman-Ainsworth was a pretty good football team without Malik Seales.
The Cavaliers are going to be a lot better with him.
The senior running back came off an injury to play his first game of the season last Friday and scored three touchdowns in Carman- Ainsworth’s 44-0 win at Flushing.
Seales rushed for 148 yards on just eight carries as the Cavs, 4-1 overall, opened Saginaw Valley League-South Division play at 1-0. Flushing fell to 1-4 and 1-2.
Tyquice Jackson also had a good night with 73 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, but Seales was the highlight.
Carman-Ainsworth took control early with four touchdowns in the first half, starting with Lorenzo Redmond’s 6-yard run just 1:05 into the game. Connor Storms kicked the first of his five extra points for a 7-0 lead. Flushing set it up with a fumble on its first play from scrimmage, and Carman-Ainsworth’s Christian Smith recovered it at the Raiders’ 15-yard line.
Demarion Allen set up the Cavs’ next score, intercepting a pass and returning it to the Flushing 37, then carrying to the Raiders’ 13 on the next play. Seales took it in from there for a 14-0 lead with 2:55 left in the first quarter.
In the second period, Storms ran a fake punt to the Flushing 33, and Seales eventually cashed it in for a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:31 left in the half.
A penalty wiped out a 65-yard punt return by Tyler Minor, but Carman- Ainsworth got on the board one more time in the half on Storms’ 36-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Hudson with 34 seconds to go before intermission.
Seales broke an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for a 35-0 lead that triggered a running clock. Storms tacked on a 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Jackson finished the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run.
Storms hit two passes for 41 yards while splitting time at quarterback with Jevonte Alexander, who was 5-of-9 for 53 yards. Brandon Walker caught four passes for 47 yards, and Hudsonn had two catches for 42 yards. Allen and Darryl Johnson led the defense with seven tackles each.
Carman-Ainsworth will visit Flint Northwestern on Friday.