Warren Mott is fast, physical and outright dangerous on both sides of the ball.
They showed the Memorial Stadium crowd that throughout the night as they topped Port Huron, 33-7, after getting the offense to click on all cylinders early.
The home loss brings the Big Reds down to 1-2 overall (1-0 in MAC Blue) while the Marauders are bumped to 3-0 overall – their fourth 3-0 start in the last five seasons. The Mott win also gives the Marauders a leg up on the recent rivalry with Port Huron as they are now 3-2 over the Big Reds in the last five seasons.
Mott rolled out its arsenal of weapons right off the bat with three Marauders scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter.
After a Port Huron three-and-out to start the night, Mott quarterback Michael Pond showed off his wheels with three runs of 10 yards or more. To cap off his hot start, he ran in the one yard touchdown that made it 6-0 after a missed kick.
Port Huron then fumbled the ball on the third play of the following drive, setting Mott up on the Big Reds 21 yard line. Three plays later, Mott running back Jayvon Wilson cut his way to a 14-yard touchdown and a 12-0 lead after another failed extra point kick.
Mott’s defense didn’t let Port Huron beyond midfield again on the next Big Reds drive, forcing Port Huron to punt it all the way to Mott’s 20. That tight field position didn’t faze the Marauders as Pond hit receiver Andre Chandler in stride for a 80 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
The kick was good, and Mott had a silenced Memorial Stadium crowd looking at a 19-0 Marauder lead after one quarter.
Port Huron was forced to punt again, but this time it led to a momentum-shifting series of events.
Curtis Corby’s high punt was called for a fair catch, but a Mott blocker backed up too close to the punt returner to cause the ball to bounce off his helmet. Port Huron dove on the ball in the red zone, and two plays later Alex Washington ran in a four-yard score for Port Huron’s lone touchdown.
However, Mott quickly took back control and scored on a 70-yard drive that included three fourth down conversions to make it a 26-7 lead on a Cortland Cross five-yard touchdown run with 4:05 left in the half – a score that would stand as both teams went to the locker room.
After the two teams exchanged punts on their first drives, Mott piled onto its lead with a one-yard touchdown run by Pond to cap off a 50-yard drive. With a kick through the uprights, the Marauders grabbed a 33-7 lead with 5:12 left in the third quarter.
To start the fourth quarter, the Big Reds had a fourth and goal chance at the two yard line. Just like they did all game, the Mott defensive line came up big and held the quarterback sneak short of the goal line for a turnover on downs.
The Big Reds had another chance to score a second touchdown, but a turnover on downs after a fourth and goal on the five yard line gave Mott’s defense another gold star on the night.