Harrison plays spoiler at Farwell homecoming

October 4, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

For the first half, Harrison struggled to put away the vastly improved Farwell football team. The Hornets owned the final two quarters however, as they were able to pick up a Jack Pine Conference road win over the Eagles, 44-26.

Farwell’s Seth Hannah with room to run during Friday’s home loss to Harrison.

Farwell’s Seth Hannah with room to run during Friday’s home loss to Harrison.

“We were not happy about our slow start but in the end we were happy for the win against a much improved Farwell team,” Harrison head coach Jamie Lipovsky said. “The Farwell kids played hard all night, we expected a hard-hitting affair and that’s what we got. I am very proud of how my kids kept battling. Every time Farwell would make a move, my kids responded.”

For the Eagles, it is another close loss in what has been a season that has seen their play improve with each passing week, despite not being able to end its JPC drought.

“Our boys fought hard,” Farwell head coach Travis Waddell said. “I’m very proud of our young men. I think we are turning a corner and gaining respect in the league. We have to fix the little things to turn these tight games into wins.”

The Eagles took a 14-12 lead into the half, with Harrison getting a pair of touchdown runs by Gavin Lawrence, the first from 64 yards away and the other from 45-yards out.

Hugh Brand had a 28-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to give Harrison a 20-14 lead, and after Farwell scored on its next drive to tie it back up at 20-all, Cam Ashcroft returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown and a lead the Hornets wouldn’t give up.

Harrison tacked on two more Brand rushing touchdowns, one from 19 and the other from 26 to give the Hornets 44 points, their highest output this season.

“We struggled a bit early on making some big mistakes that cost us some big runs,” Lipovsky said. “We made a blocking adjustment at halftime and that got us rolling. Plus, the kickoff return by Ashcroft, that was huge.”

For the Hornets, Brand finished with 127 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, Lawrecne had nine rushes for 115 yards and two scores and Ashcroft ran nine times for 43 yards.

Colin Dunn had a big night on defense with 24 tackles, Austin Stamper had 13 and Ethan Vanantwerpt had eight.

The Eagles had 347 yards of total offense, led by Seth Hannah with 84 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards and one touchdown. Logan Wunderlich had 78 yards rushing and a touchdown, Rick Johnson ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Braden Maxey was for-of-nine passing for 62 yards.

Farwell (1-5 overall, 0-5 JPC) heads to Houghton Lake (1-5, 0-5) tonight (Friday). The Bobcats are coming off a 41-6 loss to Clare last week.
Harrison (3-3 overall, 3-2 JPC) hosts Roscommon (5-1, 4-1) tonight. The Bucks have won four straight games, including a 42-3 win over Gladwin last week.

“Roscommon has lots of weapons but to me the key is their offensive line,” Lipovsky said. “They are big and can move people. Once again, we will need to play keep away from their offense. We need to limit their big plays and control the line of scrimmage.”

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