Division 2 - Big Red Machine Shoots Down Pilots

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Muskegon 34 Warren DeLaSalle 14

Both teams brought a bunch of fans with them. It was fairly full for a high school state championship. The Big Reds kicked off to Warren DeLaSalle; it was fielded at the two and returned to the 19. Quarterback Josh Sinagoga had Tim Zabawa wide open on the first play, but over-threw him. Zabawa then ran the ball 28 yards before he was tackled, putting the ball at the Pilot 48. Facing a third and six from the Muskegon 48, Sinagoga passed and completed it for an apparent first down, but a pass interference negated that play and pushed the ball back to the Pilot 37, forcing a punt. A holding penalty pushed Muskegon back but they moved the ball and ended up facing a third and 10. After an offside penalty against DLS, the Big Reds utilized a direct snap but came up about four chain links short. A series later, they again went for it on fourth down but this time, quarterback Elan Banks saw a huge opening with no one over the center and ran for five yards for the first down. Muskegon’s line had huge gaps between each player and they spread out DeLaSalle’s defense while taking most snaps from the shotgun formation. With a third and seven from the 11, Banks passed but it was tipped and Dominique Maybanks couldn’t come up with the catch in the end zone. Jubenal Rodriguez attempted a 32 yard field goal and missed it wide left. The ensuing drive for the Pilots gained only one yard so they punted and JeVante Hunter returned the punt into DeLaSalle territory. Anthony Davis Jr. took the handoff and ran it 46 yards for a score on their second play of the drive. On defense, Muskegon makes good tackles and doesn’t get fooled very often. There always are a lot of red jerseys around the ball. On third and seven, Jason Hannett blitzed from his linebacker position and pushed them back seven yards, forcing a punt from Warren DeLaSalle. When they got the ball back, Sinagoga connected with Mark Karam for 39 yards and moved deep into Big Red territory. With five yards needed and being fourth down at the Muskegon 25, they went for it and the pass fell incomplete. It was nice to see Coach Tony Annese in a shirt and tie to go along with his Muskegon cap. Banks carried 38 yards and got them down the field quickly late in the second quarter. Hannett picked up two first downs which gave them first and goal from the four. On the next play, Banks was able to punch it in, giving Muskegon a 14-0 lead. Jim Martinez took the kickoff and was one tackle away from breaking it long. He ended up being tackled on their 47. The next play was fumbled and recovered by Muskegon on the DSL 43. Banks and crew went back to work and six plays later, Jason Hannett pushed it in from the one yard line with only 16 seconds left on the clock.

Muskegon outrushed DeLaSalle 190 to 39 in the first half and held a 242-78 advantage in total offense. After the kickoff, Banks attempted a pass and it was nearly picked off by Zabawa at the 17. Muskegon’s Banks ran another 32 yards and was tackled on the far side of the 50. They kept pushing the ball further and further down field until they faced a fourth and four from the six and attempted the fourth down conversion. Hannett went into the end zone nearly untouched on that play. The Pilots, pinned deep and facing a third and ten, nearly completed a long pass, but were awarded the first down on a roughing the passer penalty. ON the next play, Sinagoga completed a pass to Zabawa for a 61 yard gain, down to the four yard line. First, second, and third down runs were stuffed, giving them a fourth and goal from the one. Tim Zabawa was able to break through on the fourth down play and put his team on the board for the first time with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Muskegon’s offensive line was stout, pushing the defensive line back and not allowing penetration into their backfield. It was the exact opposite when it came to DeLaSalle’s offensive line. Those big guys pushed the Pilots backward all day. DSL kicked off and Muskegon let it go into the end zone for a touchback. When they faced third and three from their 45, Jason Hannett busted a long run (55 yards) to the end zone. Our best wish for a speedy recovery to DeLaSalle’s John Martinez as he injured his knee and had to be carted off the field. Both defenses set in and no one scored until Sinagoga was able to run the ball in from the 16 yard line for another touchdown, capping their 10 play, 67 yard drive, leaving less than two minutes on the clock.

Muskegon's Jason Hannett had 155 yards rushing on 22 attempts and three touchdowns. Quarterback Elan Banks had 117 on 16 rushing attempts and at touchdown. When he threw the ball, he completed six of his 12 passes for 76 yards.

Warren DeLaSalle passed much better than they ran. Josh Sinagoga completed seven of his 17 passes for 208 yards but no touchdowns.