UM-Flint dominates Xavier in season opener




Carman-Ainsworth grad Dwan Simmons awaits the ensuing kickoff.

Carman-Ainsworth grad Dwan Simmons awaits the ensuing kickoff.

FLINT— The University of Michigan- Flint club football team opened its second season at Atwood Stadium on Saturday with an impressive 35-3 win over Xavier. The Musketeers found a way to stay with the Kodiaks in the early moments of the contest, however, Michigan-Flint would gradually pull away as the game progressed.

Within the first few plays of their opening possession, the Kodiaks would be the first to put points on the board. Quarterback Zeke Zanetta hit Raymond Brown for a 51-yard bomb, as Brown dove across the goal line for the touchdown. The Jeremy Schermerhorn extra point would deflect off of the left upright, leaving the Kodiaks with an early 6-0 lead. An Xavier field goal on the following possession would cut the lead in half.

As the second quarter got underway, Michigan-Flint began to cushion its lead. Zanetta connected with Lamar West for a 55-yard touchdown, with the Shermerhorn extra point increasing the lead to 10. The momentum really began to swing on the following Xavier drive. Former LakeVille Falcon Coty Pyscher intercepted a pass, and returned it to the Xavier 23 yard line. Moments later, Zanetta took a quarterback sneak to pay dirt with an 11-yard touchdown scamper, giving Michigan-Flint a 20- 3 lead heading into the break.

The Kodiaks opened the second half with what appeared to be a Deon Smith touchdown catch, but was negated by an untimely holding call. The Kodiaks would turn the ball over on downs in Xavier territory, but the misfire would not hurt Michigan-Flint. On the ensuing possession, a bad snap would soar over the head of Xavier punter Scott Manze, and go through the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety. After regaining possession, the Kodiaks capitalized on the opportunity when Smith took a hand off and swept up the left sideline for a 36-yard touchdown run, increasing the advantage, 29-3.

In the fourth quarter, the former Falcon was at it again. Pyscher picked off yet another pass near midfield, halting the Xavier offense for the second time. Pyscher would weave through the defenders, returning the interception all the way to the Xavier five yard line before being tripped up. The Kodiaks took advantage of the Xavier turnover, scoring on a 1-yard run from De’Quandre Woodall. After a missed extra point, the Kodiaks led by the eventual final, 35-3. A late interception from Flint Carman-Ainsworth’s Dwan Simmons would be the icing on the cake for Michigan-Flint.

Along with Simmons, other former Cavs on the roster include Donald Person, Joshua Person, and Dominique Washington. Now 1-0, Michigan-Flint will hit the road to face Wright State on Saturday.


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