Chippewa Valley football remains undefeated after beating Roseville High

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published August 30, 2018

 David Ellis carries the ball for Clinton Township Chippewa Valley against Roseville High Aug. 30. The Big Reds improved to 2-0 with a 42-0 win.

David Ellis carries the ball for Clinton Township Chippewa Valley against Roseville High Aug. 30. The Big Reds improved to 2-0 with a 42-0 win.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For the second time in as many seasons, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley football got off to a 2-0 start, as the Big Reds beat Roseville High (1-1) 42-0 in their home opener Aug. 30.

 

Five of Chippewa’s six touchdowns came in the first half of play.

 

After beating Saline High 31-26 to open the season Aug. 23, Chippewa coach Scott Merchant has seen some things to like through the first two weeks of the season.

 

“I think we played two good football games,” Merchant said. “Tonight, I was happy that it only really took us a series to get going offensively.”

 

Five of Chippewa’s six touchdowns came in the first half of play.

 

After quarterback Tommy Schuster connected with receiver Martice Bunting in the first quarter, Chippewa scored four times in the second.

 

After a short touchdown run by David Ellis, Chippewa scored via a fumble recovery by Blake Moussa.

 

Already leading 21-0, Chippewa got two more touchdowns before the half, with one coming via a run from Ja’Von Kimpson, and the other on a pass from Schuster to Ellis.

 

Chippewa’s last touchdown of the game came on a long run by Antwaine Gunter in the last quarter of play.

 

Aside from the game going to a running clock in the second half, the Big Reds didn’t utilize all of their offensive weapons.

 

But in the first half, fans got glimpses of how good Chippewa can be.

 

“If we don’t make mistakes and we do what we’re supposed to do, we’re (going to) be a really tough team to beat,” Merchant said. “So, it’s really about us and just being mature, humble, and continuing to work hard every day, get better everyday (and) not be satisfied. Those are really the big keys for us.”

 

Running back Myren Harris shared his evaluation of Chippewa after the team’s first two games of the season.

 

“Team’s looking pretty good,” Harris said. “Chemistry’s really gelling together.”

 

Roseville coach Mike Mahar said Merchant was a class act for taking his “guns out of the game” when he knew Chippewa had the game in hand.

 

As for his team, Mahar’s evaluation didn’t rest solely on the scoreboard.

 

“We did some really good things,” Mahar said. “We’re a young football team. I was really pleased with what we did. The biggest thing is we got through the game healthy.”

 

As good as things have been, from Merchant’s perspective,  he hasn’t seen the best his team has to offer yet.

 

“I think we can get a lot better,” Merchant said. “But we got some good players. We got kids that are working hard, and they keep getting better we’re (going to) be really good at the end of the season.”

 

Chippewa plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 away against Utica Eisenhower.

 

Roseville plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at home against Warren Cousino.

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