2017-10-26 / Sports

Football season comes to end for area athletes

by sports staff

Kearley’s Tommy Plunkey gets taken down after a run during a game against Flushing last week. 
Photo by Terry Lyons Kearley’s Tommy Plunkey gets taken down after a run during a game against Flushing last week. Photo by Terry Lyons ATHERTON: The Wolverines lost at Laingsburg 48-6 in the final game of the season last Friday. Atherton finished 1-8 on the season and 1-5 in conference play. No stats were reported prior to press deadlines. — J.O.

BENDLE: The Tigers’ season came to an end, one game short of a playoff berth at 5-4, with Friday’s 44-15 home loss to Detroit Loyola. Details and stats were not reported prior to press deadlines. – B.P. BENTLEY: The Bulldogs closed out the season with a 29-14 loss to LakeVille. Both teams went into the game evenly matched at a 2-6 record, but LakeVille proved to be too much for Bentley. Game details were not reported prior to press deadlines. Bentley ended the season at 2-7. – K.R.

KEARSLEY: The Hornets faced off with Flushing on the road last Friday and left with a 36-13 loss to the Raiders. Flushing scored the only points of the first quarter thanks to a 25-yard scamper and followed that with a two-point conversion to lead 8-0 after the first.

Kearsley responded in the second quarter with a one-yard touchdown, courtesy of Jacob Kunkel, and a successful extra point from Dakotah Doman to trail just 8-7 before Flushing reached the end zone on a 43-yard pass and converted another two-point conversion to lead 16-7 headed into the second half.

The Hornets would again reach the end zone in the third to cut the lead to 16-13 after a Tommy Plunkey run for two yards, but then allowed three straight touchdowns from Flushing to end the quarter trailing 36-13. That score would remain untouched in the fourth, as neither team was able to convert on any scoring opportunities.

Kunkel finished the game 14-for-27 passing with 162 yards and one interception.

Plunkey led the rushing attack with 43 yards on 18 carries and was followed by Jaylon Burchfield, who had 21 yards on five carries. Ta’Veon Harris was Kearsley’s lead receiver, recording 92 yards on seven receptions. Roberto Rose and Braiden Mancour each had 32 yards receiving and Plunkey had six.

Josh Truax and Plunkey led the defensive effort with two solo tackles and three assists each. Rose and Bailey Douglas both had one solo tackle with four assists and Kunkel had three solo tackles.

The loss ended Kearsley’s season with a 2-6 Flint Metro League, 2-7 overall record. – A.V.

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