Utica falls to Warren Mott

Mismatch in the trenches proves too much to overcome for Chieftains

By: Thomas Franz | Shelby - Utica News | Published September 25, 2013

 Utica running back Kumehnnu Gwilly prepares to receive a pitch from quarterback Jack Flater. Gwilly finished the game with 104 yards on 28 carries.

Utica running back Kumehnnu Gwilly prepares to receive a pitch from quarterback Jack Flater. Gwilly finished the game with 104 yards on 28 carries.

Photo by Donna Agusti

UTICA — After winning its first game of the season in week three, Utica came into its contest against Warren Mott with renewed confidence.

Unfortunately for Utica, Mott was coming in equally confident with an unbeaten 3-0 record. On top of that, Utica’s young offensive line was going up against two of the premier defensive players in the MAC in Daveon Dorsey and LeVonte Perdue.

That mismatch was one of the key factors, as Mott (4-0) cruised to a 35-0 victory against Utica (1-3).

“(Mott) slanted a lot of guys in, and we’re starting two sophomores — one of them, it was his first game on varsity — and we’re also starting a sophomore running back. So the recipe is not good,” Utica coach Tony Smith said.

Mott scored quickly and often in the first half to put away any hopes of a winning streak for Utica.

On the fourth play from scrimmage, Mott quarterback Austin Ross hit the speedy Deshawn Burley on a swing pass that Burley took to the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown.

Thanks to a turnover on a punt return by Mott, Utica held the ball for most of the first quarter, but the Chieftains’ lengthy drive stalled at the Mott 39, where they would have to punt.

Nearly instantly, Mott hit another big pass play from Ross to senior Angelo Proulx for a 79-yard touchdown.

Mott coach Tom Milanov said that his team’s big plays were simply a product of taking what Utica’s defense was giving them.

“We usually try and take what the defense gives us — whatever they see up top and what my offensive coordinator sees on the ground — so if it’s in the run game or up top, we’re going to try and isolate what the defense gives us. Sometimes, the big plays happen, and when they do, it makes for a nice night.”

Mott’s next possession wasn’t nearly as fast, but equally effective. Mott went on a 16-play, 79-yard drive that was capped off by a 12-yard slant pass from Ross to senior Ken Goins. Ross finished the night 10-of-15 passing for 204 yards and three touchdowns.

After another Utica drive stalled inside the Mott 40, the Marauders used another quick strike to take a 28-0 lead into halftime. This time, it was Connor Madigan connecting with Proulx for a 65-yard touchdown. Proulx had four receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

As for that Mott defense, Dorsey and his two sacks, along with Perdue’s constant presence around the ball, helped contribute to the shutout. Smith said it was the first time the pair has played well on the same night this year.

“They’ve had some good games; I think they’ve finally put together one where they were both on the same night, and really got after it and harassed some people and did some good things,” Smith said.

For the Chieftains, sophomore running back Kumehnnu Gwilly led the offense with 104 yards rushing on 28 carries. Smith said that the sophomore will continue to get looks as the season progresses.

“I think there’s some things that we knew all along this whole season that we want to run the football, but we were just missing some things, and I think Kumehnnu (Gwilly) is going to add that to us. We’re going to be able to get him in the mix with the other guys, Tyler Jakubik and Andre McRunels, and I think those three guys with that mix, we’re OK,” Smith said.

To bounce back from a tough match up with Mott, Smith said it will be important to have a positive week in practice.

“We knew we were going into a tough situation with them because of their athletes on the perimeter, and they match up very well with us and they took some things away that we wanted, so we just have to have a positive week and move on,” Smith said. “We’ll point out the things in film, but we won’t dwell on it. The things we had mistakes, we’ll show some good, some bad. We’ll take a look at our next opponent, and we’ll have a positive week.”

Utica will be traveling to L’Anse Creuse for a game on Sept. 27 while Mott will host Fraser.