Waverly forced seven turnovers, including six interceptions, and senior quarterback Zack Cooney threw two touchdown passes as the undefeated Wolverines gave themselves the inside track to the Class C Division VI title with a 31-0 victory at Lansing on Friday night.
Waverly (5-0, 2-0) hadn’t played since beating Tioga in Week 3, registering a 2-0 forfeit win over Edison last weekend. Edison had to forfeit its remaining games due to low numbers two weeks ago.
The Wolverines twice fumbled away possession in the first quarter, but had ample time to get into rhythm after the Bobcats not only failed to capitalize but gifted the visitors a 7-0 lead as Waverly recovered a fumble and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first possession.
“When you don’t play a game and you have two weeks, practice gets stale and it’s hard to motivate people,” said Waverly coach Jason Miller. “First half was rusty. We were not sharp and timing was off a little bit. In the second half we played well. With six picks it’s hard to say we played badly.”
Cooney’s first four pass attempts were incomplete, but got on track early in the second quarter when he threw back-to-back completions of 33 and 17 yards, the second a touchdown strike to senior Austin Bostwick to put the Wolverines up 14-0 with 10:29 remaining before halftime.
Senior Dan Hyland kicked a 15-yard field goal six minutes later to make it 17-0, which was the score at halftime. Hyland was 4-for-4 on extra points in the game.
Waverly struck quickly in the second half when Cooney connected with Dylan Wright on a 20-yard completion down the middle of the field to make it 24-0 with exactly nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. By that point, the Wolverines’ running game was kicking into gear, and with 2:50 on the clock in the same quarter senior tailback Dylan Guutierrez capped the scoring with a 48-yard burst down the right side of the defense.
“We control on our destiny,” said Miller. “This was a big division game for us. We’re happy to come up here and be able to come away with a win. We’re going to get better, and that has to be our focus.”
Lansing senior running back Mario Rosetti was held to just 23 yards on 12 carries, while senior starting quarterback Greg Lehr was intercepted four times for the Bobcats and backup Mason Carrican twice. Cooney finished with 111 passing yards while completing five of 17 attempts, and Guutierrez ran for 118 yards on six carries. Senior linebacker Nick Puusalu returned a Lansing fumble for a touchdown to open the scoring.