Mount Clemens's Page All Football Stories

Football

Mount Clemens falls to University Prep, 33-14 PHOTO GALLERY

  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • Mt Clemens 4th quarter touch down 42 David Gooley The Macomb Daily--David Dalton PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • Mt Clemens 32 Darian Greeley. The Macomb Daily--David Dalton PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • 50 Keishun Walton, 42 David Goolet and 51 Ben Elliott . Mt Clemens 4th quarter touch down 42 David Gooley The Macomb Daily--David Dalton PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • Mt Clemens 4th quarter touch down 42 David Gooley The Macomb Daily--David Dalton PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON
  • PHOTO BY DAVID DALTON

(Photo Gallery by David Dalton)

Mount Clemens is going to have to get a better grip on things -- like the football -- if it’s going to be successful in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division this year.

The Bathers committed three costly turnovers during the first 6 1/2 minutes of their non-league football opener with Detroit University Prep Friday night and the Panthers turned each of the mistakes into touchdowns on the way to a 33-14 victory.

“This just proves the axiom turnovers will kill you,” said Mount Clemens coach Harold Penn. “We gave up three turnovers that equaled 19 points for them and we lost by 19 points.

“Everything we did worked but we have to eliminate the turnovers. We played a playoff team even-steven but our turnovers put us in a hole we couldn’t climb out of. (University Prep) is a physical team and they ran their game plan and my hat’s off to them, but we were still able to move the ball.”

The Bathers coughed up the ball on the Panthers’ 43-yard line on Mount Clemens’ first possession of the game and four plays later Jamell Cathey scored on a 26-yard run.

The next time the Bathers had the ball they fumbled again and University Prep recovered on the Mount Clemens 27. Once again it took only four plays for the Panthers to score -- this time on a three-yard run by Tyre Smith.

Mount Clemens’ next possession also resulted in a fumble and the Panthers recovered on the Bathers’ 21. Four plays later, Cathey went in from the 10.

“Normally in the first game of the season the team with the most turnovers loses,” said University Prep Coach Antonio Ragland. “We took advantage of their turnovers.”

Mount Clemens showed that it can move the ball late in the first half when David Gooley finished off a 70-yard march with runs of 35 and 23 yards.

University Prep increased its lead to 27-7 on the first drive of the second half. Rodrick Harris scored on a 19-yard run.

The Bathers answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 19-yard run by Keishun Wright. Gooley had a 14-yard run and Darian Greeley picked up 18 yards during the drive.

‘”We have a nice fleet of running backs, but we have to hold on to the ball,” Penn said. “If we don’t hold on to the ball were just a great track team -- and track season isn’t until spring.”

Harris scored University Prep’s final touchdown on a five-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

“Our heart and soul is the offensive and defensive line,” Ragland said. “We had our starting tailback, Tyre Smith, go down and they blocked so well we were able to put backups in and not miss a beat.”

Penn was encouraged by the fact that Mount Clemens’ first-game problems appear correctable.

“They are correctable mistakes,” he said. “We’ll accentuate the positive and look at those areas of opportunity and challenge that we had and we’ll improve on those.”

The Bathers got a strong defensive game from linebacker Noah O’Brien, who also plays quarterback.

“He’s our leader on offense and defense,” Penn said.

The small Mount Clemens squad requires most players to play on both sides of the ball.

“We’re limited in what we can do and who we can play so we end up playing sort of a shell game with our players,” Penn said. “We have to move guys around, but that’s part of coaching when you have a small team.”

Last Updated: 8/29/2014 11:06:49 PM EST

Promotions & Specials

See All