Published September 7, 2012
Stevenson downs Ford II 49-0
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STERLING HEIGHTS — Utica Stevenson and Utica Ford II may both call Runkel Field home, but the Titans owned the field in their 49-0 win over the Falcons Sept. 7.
Stevenson (2-1, 1-1 Macomb Area Conference Red Division) was in control throughout, building a 42-0 lead by halftime. The second half was played with a running clock.
"It's a rivalry game," Titans coach Steve Goralski said, "but we had a goal of being 2-1 coming out of this game, and we talked all week about taking care of business, and that's what we did."
Stevenson got on the board early in the first quarter when senior running back Trevon Bauch scored on a 1-yard run. A fumble return for a score by Titans senior linebacker Collin O'Meara made it 14-0 with 5:19 left in the opening stanza. Senior defensive lineman John Barr forced the fumble by applying pressure to Ford II senior quarterback Tyler Thomas.
Stevenson put 28 points on the board in the second quarter, punctuated with a 27-yard strike from junior quarterback Kyle Maxson to senior wide receiver Robert Thompson with 1:06 left in the half. Maxson hit sophomore wideout Greg McDade for a 54-yard score earlier in the quarter.
The Falcons' best chance to score came after a fumble rolled all the way from the Stevenson 46 to the Titans' 3 and was recovered by junior defensive back Mario Suarez. Ford II wasn't able to capitalize on the turnover, as Stevenson stopped the Falcons on downs.
The Falcons (0-3, 0-2 MAC Red) had won their last two matchups with the Titans. With the win, Stevenson moves to 5-4 in the last nine games of the series.
"We work hard all week just like they do," Ford II coach Todd Winters said. "We don't question our gameplan. We just have to come back and work harder. But these guys fought hard all night. They never quit."
Bauch found the end zone three times in the contest — the last time on an 89-yard scamper with 3:10 left in the game. Titans senior running back Jonathan Griffin also ran for a score.
Stevenson scored touchdowns on six of 12 offensive possessions. The Falcons' struggles included two turnovers and seven three-and-outs, including five in the first half.
The Titans recorded four tackles for loss, eight sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Ford II tallied four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an interception.
Stevenson next hits the field at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 for a road tilt against Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse.
Ford II will host Fraser at 7 p.m. Sept. 14.