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PREP FOOTBALL: Mt. Pleasant dominates Arthur Hill, clinches share of Saginaw Valley League title

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Jason McIntyre talked about his team losing a little rhythm Friday night at Community Memorial Stadium in a 42-16 football victory over Saginaw Arthur Hill.

That was true.

But, how about this for a nice sound … Saginaw Valley League champions.

The win improved the Oiler record to 7-1 for the season and 6-0 in SVL play, guaranteeing Mt. Pleasant no worse than a share of the SVL title.

Not bad for a team that was 2-7 a year ago and little was expected of this fall.

“I’m really happy for the seniors,” McIntyre said. “We have some tradition of success and these seniors are leaving a legacy, too. Every class I’ve coached has had a chance to go to the playoffs and this team has earned the right to do that.

“Plus, I’m not sure people realize how tough it is to win the Saginaw Valley. We sure don’t take it lightly here.”

With that said, McIntyre wants to be a little greedy and win the crown outright.

“That’s our goal,” he said. “We have a big game with Saginaw Heritage next week for a chance to do that.”

As for Friday’s battle with Arthur Hill, it was pretty much over in the first half when the Oilers roared out to a 28-0 at intermission. Mt. Pleasant made it 35-0 midway through the third period but then the game slowed … way … down.

“We had a good flow early in the game but it just lost its rhythm for much of the second half,” McIntyre said. “We gave some young kids a chance to play and that may have had something to do with it.

“Overall, I am happy with the win, especially with the start.”

Senior Michael Tweh scored the first two Oiler TDs in the opening period on runs of nine and 13 yards while Tweh added a third score in the second quarter on a 12-yarder. In between, Robert Backus found Johnny Clark with a four-yard TD pass.

The Oilers’ Hunter Buczkowski plowed in from the one in the third period to make it 35-0 (Mitch Ridley finished the game with six conversions) and force a running clock.

It didn’t last long, though, as the Lumberjacks (3-5, 1-5) scored once in the third on a 25-yard pass from QB Ecka Henderson to Alton Wicker and a 27-yard pass from Henderson to Darrion Robinson.

Those two scores brought Arthur Hill to within 35-16 and brought many of the offensive starters back on for the Oilers. The first play went for 47 yards on a rush by Tweh and the second an eight-yard TD run by Will Berry with 6:37 for the final margin.

Buoyed by Tweh’s 116 yards on 12 carries and sophomore Jake Mogg’s 60 in three, Mt. Pleasant rushed for 279 yards. Backus was true on 10-of-15 passes for 156 yards, four to Kalebb Perry for 74 yards.

The Lumberjacks had 160 yards rushing (91 by Henderson) and 160 passing by Henderson on 12-of-29. He had two intercepted and Arthur Hill also lost two fumbles.

One area of concern entering next week’s final regular-season game is tackling.

“We will be facing the best athlete in the conference in Brian Cole,” McIntyre said. “He’s already gotten big-time college offers and he’s just a junior. We can’t tackle him with arms – we have to get body-to-body.”

Last Updated: 10/18/2013 10:40:34 PM EST