Clare hands Houghton Lake lopsided loss

October 4, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The Clare football team found themselves on the road for the fifth time this season Friday night. The Pioneers won their regular season road finale in Houghton Lake, 41-6.

“Overall, I thought we played well enough to win,” head coach Kelly Luplow said. “We played well on the road and the kids were ready for the most part. We are definitely glad to have that road stuff over with. We need to get back home.”

Brenden Sersaw sprints to the end zone for six points. Photos by Shannon Zinser

Brenden Sersaw sprints to the end zone for six points.
Photos by Shannon Zinser

It was yet another fast start for the Pioneers, as they hit the scoreboard for three touchdowns. Brenden Sersaw got things going with a four yard scoring run and Kaden Kelly tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Colt Smedley.
Kelly followed that with a three yard touchdown run, making it 21-0 after one.

“We just came out and we hit them pretty fast in the first quarter and we just kept the pedal down,” Luplow said. “We are getting better, we have had to fight through some injuries but I think the guys are getting more confident on the defensive side and that just helps our offense take off a little bit too. Things are definitely working for both.”

The second quarter saw Sersaw score a pair of rushing touchdowns. He romped in from 13 yards out and had a one yard plunge as well.

The Bobcats scored their lone touchdown of the night moments after the one yard touchdown run, as they returned the ensuing kickoff for an 86-yard touchdown, making it 35-6 at the half.

Things slowed down in the second half, as the Pioneers had the only score, on a one yard touchdown run by Myles Williamson in the third quarter.

“I thought it was a good team win,” Luplow said. “The second half we got the running clock and were able to get as many guys in as we can. Kelly had another good game, he and Sersaw have been consistent every week, they are doing their job.”

Kelly finished nine-of-12 passing for 141 yards and one touchdown and he ran 13 times for 95 yards and a score. Sersaw had 111 yards and three scores on 12 rushing attempts. Colt Smedley had 10 rushes for 67 yards. Smedley also had four receptions for 58 yards and a score, Sersaw had three catches for 47 yards, Shane Jenkins had one catch for 21 yards and Nick Roe hauled in one pass for 15 yards.

On defense, Jenkins had five tackles, with Smedley, Williamson and Kelly each taking down four.
Clare (5-1 overall, 4-1 JPC) hosts league-leading Beaverton (5-1, 5-0) tonight (Friday). The Beavers are coming off a 28-7 win over Meridian last week. A win for the Pioneers would open the door for a three way share of the league title with Clare, Beaverton and Roscommon.
“There are a lot of scenarios out there but we are hoping for the one where we win a share of the title,” Luplow said. “It’s going to require a pretty good effort and we are going to have to play a better game than we did up at Roscommon. We can’t have those turnovers and we can’t have some little things go bad. Beaverton is a good team, they have proven that the last couple of years. We know we can’t take them lightly, we just hope that our guys are on.”

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