Hazel Park High football's playoff chances hurt with loss against Marysville High

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published October 11, 2019


HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park High football’s two-game winning streak was snapped with a 49-31 loss against Marysville High Oct. 11 at home.

With the loss, the Vikings are 3-4 overall and 0-4 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division. They cannot earn an automatic playoff spot, as it takes six wins to accomplish that in a nine-game regular season schedule.

However, some teams with five wins can still make the playoffs.

The significance of the game was not lost on Hazel Park coach Kyle Rowley.

“Tonight was a big one,” Rowley said. “That’s a great team over there. … We’re (going to) come back Monday. … Business per usual and keep working, playing Hazel Park football.”

With the game tied 7-7 after the first quarter, Marysville went on to score 28 straight points.

Despite trailing 35-7 in the third, a fumble recovery and two recovered onside kicks helped Hazel Park close the gap.

After a touchdown run by running back Jalan Wallace and a pass from quarterback Matt Diaz to receiver Nathanial Hardeman that resulted in another score, the Vikings trailed 35-19 after the third.

Hazel Park got even closer in the fourth after Diaz ran the ball into the end zone on a quarterback keeper. After that score, the Vikings trailed 35-25.

After getting a touchdown run from junior D’Marco Singleton, Marysville increased its lead to 41-25 in the fourth.

Hazel Park’s last touchdown came on a short pass from Diaz to Hardeman, cutting the lead to 41-31.

The last touchdown of the game came on a long run from Singleton.

Marysville then added a 2-point conversion to take a 49-31 lead.

With its win, Marysville improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the MAC Silver.

“We’re a young team as far as starters and experience coming back,” Marysville coach Derrick J. Meier said following the game. “As we approach the second season, I think we’re doing a pretty good job prepping our kids.”

Although Hazel Park’s chances of making the playoffs now seem bleak, that’s not the approach Rowley wants from his team.

“I want us to show up Monday with (our) head held high,” he said. “5-4’s not likely, but we’re (going to) fight every day like it is.”

Up next, Hazel Park plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at home against Madison Heights Madison.

Marysville plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at home against Marine City High.