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FOOTBALL: Harrison's season ends at hands of Portage Central

Farmington Hills Harrison played in one of the toughest leagues in the entire state this season, the Oakland Activities Association White Division, but that didn’t turn out to be quite enough to prepare the Hawks for all an unbeaten Portage Central team offered on Saturday.

Harrison drove out to the west side of the state and found out why Portage Central is unbeaten, as the Hawks saw their season end earlier than they wanted to in a 42-21 loss to the Mustangs in a Division 2 regional final.

Harrison head coach John Herrington said the difference was Portage Central’s offensive line, which controlled things up front and allowed the Mustangs to dominate time of possession.

“We never had the ball,” Herrington said.

The biggest play of the game came with the scored tied 21-21 midway through the third quarter.

Facing a fourth-and-1 from its own 29-yard line, Portage Central gambled and went for it, which paid off handsomely.

Running back Jerrod Davis took a pitchout and ran 71 yards for a touchdown to give the Mustangs a 28-21 lead with 6:39 remaining in the third quarter.

“That was the pivotal play of the game,” Herrington said.

The Mustangs immediately got the ball back when they recovered a loose ball on the ensuing kickoff, and they took advantage when Davis scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to give Portage Central a 35-21 lead.

Portage Central kept playing its run-oriented, ball-control game from there, tacking on another touchdown in the final two minutes in ending Harrison’s season at 10-2.

Harrison senior running back Lorenzo Collins rushed for 98 yards, but only had nine carries in the ball game because of how little the Hawks had the football.

Portage Central (12-0) advanced to meet Muskegon in a state semifinal on Saturday at East Kentwood.

Last Updated: 11/17/2013 8:14:06 PM EST

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