After a less than stellar first half, Farmington Harrison was a different football team in the second and rolled to a 42-10 playoff victory Saturday night over host Fenton.
The Hawks scored 35 unanswered points to erase a 10-7 halftime deficit and won going away in the first-round Division 2 district game.
It might have been a costly victory, however. Senior quarterback Jevon Shaw was injured on a third-quarter punt return and did not return to the field.
The extent of his knee injury was not immediately known, but Harrison coach John Herrington expressed concern as to the severity of it.
It would be a major blow to the Hawks (8-2) and their playoff fortunes if Shaw is not able to play again this season.
Harrison will play at former Western Lakes Activities Association rival Walled Lake Western (9-1) next week for a Region 2 district championship.
The game likely will be played Friday night, but the official announcement will be made Monday.
Shaw scored Harrison’s first two touchdowns Saturday on runs of 62 and 59 yards. The second put the Hawks on top at the start of the third quarter, 14-10.
Junior David Vinsky replaced Shaw and led Harrison to two more scoring drives of 70 and 78 yards.
The Hawks kept the ball on the ground for all but one of the combined 17 plays. Vinsky ran 15 yards on one play and passed 15 yards to Tyrone Lyte on another.
Brendann Brown scored both touchdowns on runs of 10 and 1 yard. Omaury Rodgers also contributed to Harrison’s effective ball-control, rushing attack in the second half.
After the first Brown touchdown, Lyte intercepted a tipped pass on first down and returned it 40 yards for a score.
Brown’s second TD boosted the Harrison lead to 35-10 with four and a half minutes to play in the game.
Lyte later had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown nullified by a penalty, but the Hawks did add one more score on Jared Char’s 36-yard run with 1:08 remaining.
In the first half, Harrison fumbled twice, including one at the Fenton 1-yard line, had a high punt snap that led to Fenton’s only touchdown and had a 34-yard TD run by Shaw called back because of a penalty.
The punt snap on the first series of the game gave the Tigers (9-1) the ball at the Harrison 22. Fenton completed a fourth-down pass to keep the drive alive, and Bryce Roney scored on a 2-yard run.
Despite the nullification of Shaw’s TD, the Hawks drove to the Fenton 1 on their next possession. Shaw recovered a fumbled snap on fourth down, but the ball went back to the Tigers on downs.
The Hawks lost the second fumble but stopped Fenton in four plays at the Harrison 38. On first down, Shaw ran around right end for his first TD and a 7-7 tie.
Fenton ran a hook-and-ladder play for a touchdown that was wiped out by penalty and failed to get a first down on a fake punt.
But the Tigers mounted an 11-play drive late in the half and took a 10-7 lead with Evan Gornick’s 41-yard field goal with 4.3 seconds remaining before halftime.