False MI Prep Zone: Warren-Mott's offense has good day against Detroit Cody PHOTO GALLERY & VIDEO
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Warren-Mott's offense has good day against Detroit Cody PHOTO GALLERY & VIDEO

  • WMott's #44 Rudy Hayes looks to break free from a Cody player enroute to a 1st down, during 2nd half action.(RAY SKOWRONEK/THE MACOMB DAILY)
  • Mott's #5 Collin Arnot plows his way through the line of scrimmage as Cody players hang on to him during 2nd half action. (RAY SKOWRONEK/THE MACOMB DAILY)

(Photo Gallery by Ray Skowronek)

DETROIT – Warren-Mott junior Kyran Daniels had a modest opinion of just how well the day went in his first ever varsity football game.

“It went well,” the Marauders’ 5-foot-8 middle linebacker said. “The team did really good.”

Modesty aside, Daniels was spectacular. He accounted for half of his team’s six turnovers, including a pair of interceptions that helped seal Mott’s 31-16 season-opening victory over Detroit Cody in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State.

“We told the guys that we had to win the battle of the special teams and the turnover takeaways just like you always do,” Mott coach Tom Milanov said. “(We) were opportunistic when we needed to be and we were able to fight through some adversity when we had some bumps in the road.”

Cody had three consecutive second-half drives end on interceptions by Daniels, senior cornerback Kenyon Kelley, and junior safety Tylen Redding.

Daniels’ third-quarter pick thwarted the Comets’ best scoring chance of the second half, which began on their 30-yard line but ended in the red zone.

“That was big, especially in his first varsity football game,” Milanov said of Daniels’ second interception. “He was able to step up and do some really great things for us in this game. He’s a heck of a player, for sure.”

Daniels also recovered a blocked punt in the first quarter and intercepted a pass deep in Comets’ territory late in the first half.

The Marauders (1-0) struck quickly to start the game. Senior quarterback Connor Madigan guided the offense down the field on the opening drive in seven plays capped by his 9-yard keeper up the middle.

Turnovers and special team blunders prevented Cody (0-1) from gaining any momentum early on. Meanwhile, Mott added 10 more points to its total – on Andreas Demetriou’s 24-yard field goal and Jayvon Wilson’s 3-yard run – courtesy of Cody’s miscues.

Following Redding’s interception, Madigan orchestrated a 12-play drive that went 63-yards and resulted in a 1-yard QB sneak on fourth down.

The Comets’ touchdowns came on a passes of 17- and 34-yards from junior QB Omar Salih to junior receiver Kevin Mahone.

On defense, Kyran Daniels had six tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one sack and Kenyon Kelly had one interception, one fumble recovery and seven tackles.

Madigan went 11-for-18 on the day for 113 yards and ran in two touchdowns. Jayvon Wilson had 20 rushes for 91 yards and one touchdown.

Last Updated: 8/29/2014 8:33:59 PM EST