LAKEVIEW - The Morley Stanwood Mohawks offense was unstoppable Saturday. Literally.
The Mohawks scored touchdowns on seven of eight possessions in a 49-27 victory to spoil homecoming for the Lakeview Wildcats at Kos Field. The only drive Morley Stanwood failed to score on was its final drive when the game clock expired inside the 10-yard line.
“It seemed like third and long they would get the ball to Tyler Hanks and get a big play,” Lakeview coach Guenther Mittelstaedt said. “We stopped them for a little bit, but they got the big play. They have a nice offense.”
Morley Stanwood scored the game’s first 14 points in just five minutes.
Hanks gave the Mohawks a 7-0 lead with a three-yard run less than two minutes into the game. Lakeview fumbled the ensuing kickoff giving the Mohawks the ball at the 26-yard line.
Hanks – who scored the team’s first five touchdowns – scored from one-yard out for a 14-0 lead.
“Offensively, we played well. I told the guys we were almost scoring too quick,” Morley Stanwood coach Clark Huntey said. “I was happy the way our offense played, no doubt about it.”
The Wildcats outscored the Mohawks 21-14 over the next 17 minutes. Joe Main pulled Lakeview within one touchdown at 28-21 with a four-yard run with 2:03 remaining.
Morley Stanwood responded with a quick score and another touchdown by Hanks for a 35-21 halftime lead.
“Is it too much? Yes. We spend a lot of time on defense,” Huntey said of his team’s defensive play. “We were scoring quick and playing defense a long time. We weren’t playing where we needed to be at times.”
The Wildcats were hoping to cut into the lead after halftime. but fumbled on their first possession setting the Mohawks up inside the 20-yard line.
“We felt pretty good. I ran what I thought was a pretty conservative play,” Mittelstaedt said of starting the second half. “I didn’t expect our quarterback to get hit from behind. We were going to punt and play some field position.”
Steven Hopkins scored on a 14-yard run to give the Mohawks a 42-21 to put the game out of reach.
Lakeview’s final score was a 21-yard touchdown run Jared Taylor midway through the fourth quarter.
“I was very proud of our offense. I thought we made some good plays,” Mittelstaedt said. “I think the whole offensive line did a good job of blocking, we made some nice catches and the running backs ran hard.”
Morley Stanwood rushed for 330 yards overall. Hanks led the way with seven carries for 115 yards. Adam Wheeler had six carries for 67 yards.
Joe Main carried a game-high 30 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats. Lakeview’s Andrew Hall was 4-for-7 passing for 86 yards.
Nathan Hayward led the Wildcats with 11 tackles.
Morley Stanwood improved to 6-1 overall and 5-1, Lakeview fell to 2-5 and 2-4 in the league.
On Thursday, the Lakeview JV team defeated Morley Stanwood 42-20 to improve to 6-1 overall.
The Wildcats is at Big Rapids on Friday.