LCN football blanks L'Anse Creuse in season opening rivaly matchup

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published August 29, 2019

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — In his first game leading the program, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North football coach Pat Dailey guided his team to an eighth straight win over inter-district rival Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse Aug. 29 with a 40-0 triumph.

It’s the Crusaders' (1-0) most points in a game since putting up 51 in a 2016 Week 5 win over the Lancers (0-1).

“I didn’t expect the score to be as lopsided as it was,” Dailey said. “The team put in a great week of practice, and our coaches put in a great game plan.

“It’s a rivalry game, so we wanted to come in prepared. It was really big for us to get a win in Week 1. We wanted to start the season with a win.”

Crusaders senior running back Julian Gwisdalla scored the first points of the season on a 7-yard rush to put LCN up 7-0 with 41.7 seconds left in the first. The run capped a nine-play drive.

The Crusaders in the first half got a 35-yard field goal from junior kicker Carter Timm and a 56-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Justin Szumanski to senior wide receiver Anthony Petrucci to take a 17-0 lead into the locker room.

LCN spread the ball around in first half, as nine receivers caught passes.

“(Szumanski) is a two-year starter. He does a great job of watching film and preparing for opponents. He did a really good job tonight,” Dailey said.

The Crusaders in the second half got a 1-yard rushing touchdown from senior Jeremiah Wilburn to go up 24-0 with 6:20 left in the third.

Timm added another field goal with 42 seconds left in the third to put LCN up 27-0. Early in the fourth, Szumanski scored on a 36-yard run. LCN senior linebacker Connor Miscovich recovered a fumble and found the end zone from 14 yards out to cap the scoring with 9:52 left in regulation.

“It was really the perfect storm,” Lancers first-year coach Orande Roy said. “We came in expecting one result and something else happened. We got slapped in the face. Sometimes that’s what you need. No we’ve got to regroup.”

The Crusaders fumbled deep in Lancers territory on their first possession. LCN would go on to score on seven of its next eight possessions. 

“We didn’t expect that,” Dailey said. “We played well. L’Anse Creuse played hard. (Roy) is a good young coach. That team will get on track. We can’t get complacent, though. We’ve got to keep working hard.”

LCN’s next game is against Warren Mott at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 on the road.

L’Anse Creuse looks to get back on track when it faces Madison Heights Lamphere at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 on the road.