by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
The Corunna Cavaliers varsity football team extended its season-opening winning streak to five games Friday, Sept. 23 with a 48-20 road win over Flint Beecher. The win also pushes Corunna’s record in the Genesee Area Conference-Red division to 3-0, where the Cavaliers remain in a first place tie with Lake Fenton. The loss moves Beecher’s record to 2-3 (0-3 in the GAC-Red).
Corunna again won behind the strength of its running game and defense, as the Cavaliers continue to consistently dominate the battles at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Corunna rolled up a 454 to 35 advantage on the ground behind its impressive offensive line, scoring six touchdowns in the process. Beecher was able to break free for a couple receiving touchdowns, as the underdogs tried to stay in the game with the potent Corunna offense, but the Cavalier defense did not allow a rushing touchdown for the fourth time this season.
The offense was led by running back Owen Walter, who accumulated 188 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Quarterback Jerod Fattal also scored two rushing touchdowns for the Cavaliers, on 11 carries, and David Dumond scored two rushing touchdowns and accumulated 58 on eight carries.
Corunna’s balanced defensive effort was led by linebacker Taylor Jackson’s four tackles, along with linebackers Marcus Jablonski and Chris Wooley, who each had 3.5 tackles. Wooley added an interception, and defensive lineman Jack Thayer recorded 1.5 sacks.
The Cavaliers took command early in this matchup, jumping out to a 14-0 first half lead on touchdown runs by Dumond (three yards) and Walter (84 yards). Ethan Quinn then kicked off the second half by returning Beecher’s opening kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown, which pushed the Corunna advantage to 28-6 only 16 seconds into the third quarter. Beecher’s Malik Ellison quickly tightened the gap to 28-14 by returning a Fattal pass for a touchdown, but the Cavaliers put the game out of reach with three successive rushing touchdowns.
With another lopsided win, Corunna extended its season-long margin of victory to 230-54. Also impressive are Corunna’s 1,842 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns through five games. Conversely, the defense has allowed only one rushing touchdown all season, while also recording 13 take-aways.
The Cavaliers are 5-0 for the first time since 2002, when the team went 10-1 and won a playoff game. The Cavaliers are in the middles of a three-game road trip, with matchups against Montrose and Lake Fenton looming in the next two weeks. Montrose is 3-2 and Lake Fenton is 5-0.