Backup QB ‘big plays’ help Utica win Game 1 – Macomb Daily

Utica was away from home, trailing late in the fourth quarter, and the Chieftains’ starting quarterback was injured.

None of that fazed the MAC White Division team that contributed to the drama of Week 1 of the football season.

Coach Matt Marulli’s Chieftains went home with a 27-24 victory Thursday night thanks to a touchdown on the game’s final play.

A field goal had given Rochester a 24-21 lead, and Utica began their ensuing drive at the Chieftains 35-yard line with 50 seconds remaining.

Early in the possession, senior quarterback Jack Malone, who passed for a touchdown and rushed for another in the non-league game, was injured.

“Tyler Powrozek came in and stepped up to make some big plays,” Marulli said.

A 35-yard pass reception by Tommie Boyd helped the Chieftains get closer to the Falcons’ end zone.

Then Powrozek, a junior, hooked Numehnne Gwilly from 30 yards out.

“Gwilly made a great catch on a deflected ball in the end zone as time expired,” Marulli said.

Two Macomb County teams went into overtime to score wins on Friday.

South Lake and Lutheran North topped the fourth quarter for the second time in as many years. This time, the Cavaliers came out on top, 46-40 at Macomb Township.

Javion Davis’ second rushing touchdown of the game came in overtime to lift coach Vince Phillips’ team.

Armada trailed Marine City by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers scored twice to force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Armada’s Kyle Coenen ran five yards for a touchdown to start the second overtime, and then the Tigers stopped Marine City’s 2-point conversion and left East China Stadium with a 28-game victory. -27.

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Vinny Fodale had 10 tackles and rushed for 57 yards for Armada, helping the Blue Water Area Conference post a 6-1 record for the weekend.

It was the first meeting between Armada and Marine City since 1978. The teams played every year from 1971 to 1978, with the Mariners winning five of the eight games.

Chippewa Valley trailed Detroit Catholic Central in the fourth quarter, but Andrew Schuster’s 29-yard touchdown pass to DeShaun Lanier with about eight minutes remaining carried the Big Reds to a 20-16 win, their second in as many years against the shamrocks.

Preston Crum is a key player for the Eisenhower basketball team that is in contention for the MAC White Division championship.  (photo sent)
Preston Crum, Eisenhower

Extra points

Preston Crum, a junior quarterback, completed 11 of 15 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns in Eisenhower’s 34-17 victory over Lake Orion. The Eagles’ first opening-game win since 2017 helped the MAC Red Division go 5-1 in Week 1.

Austin Stockett threw two touchdown passes to Matt Horak to help Lakeview defeat Warren Woods-Tower 35-0. Stockett’s passes were 48 and five yards. Tyler Griffin rushed 80 yards for a touchdown, Tucker Weddle rushed for five and Keonte Woolf returned an interception for a score as the Huskies won at coach Patrick Threet’s alma mater.

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