JV Stallions Beat Garden City Cougars in Playoff Game, 22-1
The Northville JV Stallions capped off their 2012 season with a 22-12 victory over the Garden City Cougars Sunday afternoon in Garden City. Despite a strong wind and chilling temperatures, the Stallions did not let it damper their playoff game. The Stallion’s cheerleaders of Jordin Rickard, Elena Lenyo, Hannah Lauren, and Olivia Ignash brought enthusiasm and cheers to the crowd.
The Cougars jumped on the Stallions early by scoring on the first offensive drive of the game. After the score, the Stallions defense led by Alex Karam, Saaz Mahlotra, and Robert Reynolds caged the Cougars up. At the end of the first quarter, the Cougars led the Stallions 6-0.
After a punt by the Stallions to start the second quarter, the Stallions defense drove the Cougars backwards with consecutive tackles for losses by Malhotra, Enzo Rodriguez, and Kevin Townsend. On 4th down, Dominick Martin blocked the Cougar punt, which was recovered by Malhotra on the 16-yard line. The Stallions offense used their ground game to move the ball into the end zone when Karam scored on a 6-yard touchdown burst. With the extra point kick by Grant Hood, the Stallions led 8-6. The next defensive series saw Nicholas Gattoni, Evan Redwine, and Gabriel Xuereb registering tackles for losses. After holding the Cougars on 4th down, the Stallions offense took over and came out in a wishbone offense featuring Joey Bahu, Parker Dietrich, and Malhotra in the backfield. The Stallion offense moved the ball down the field and scored their 2nd touchdown of the day when Jack Pevovar ran 17 yards into the end zone making it 14-6 after the extra point run was no good. The defenses held the remainder of the 2nd quarter and the score at halftime was 14-6 Stallions.
The Cougars received the ball to start the 3rd quarter and moved the ball down the field and into the end zone. The extra point was no good and the score became Stallions 14 Cougars 12. On the ensuing kickoff, Enzo Rodriguez received the kickoff and ran the ball 65 yards into the end zone. Hood’s extra point kick made it 22-12 Stallions. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the score remained 22-12 Stallions.
The 4th quarter was dominated by the defenses. The Stallions got strong play from John Hamilton, Jack Story, Mitch DeGroff, Jack Rathwell, Dietrich, Malhotra, and Pevovar in dominating the Cougars offense. The result was a final score of Stallions 22 – Cougars 12.
By Tim Morrisey