Brighton 28, Novi 14

Novi News
September 15, 2017

The host Wildcats battled back twice in the first half, but couldn’t respond to a pair of second-half Brighton scores in Friday’s contest. The Bulldogs improved to 2-2, while Novi dropped to 1-3.

Brighton quarterback Spencer Mykols threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to Drew Billig, going for 16 yards in the first quarter and nine yards in the second. Novi’s Sean Gilliam answered each score, running for a 2-yard TD early in the second quarter, and then adding a 14-yard touchdown scamper late in the half, to knot the score at 14-14. Each touchdown capped an 80-yard drive. The Bulldogs took the lead for good on Mykols’ 1-yard run in the third quarter, before Rudy Ramirez closed the scoring with a 16-yard TD dash in the fourth quarter, followed by his fourth extra point kick of the night.

Overall, Gilliam ran 20 times for 135 yards and completed 10 of 25 passes for 117 yards. Traveon Maddox caught eight passes for 85 yards. Antonio Washington led the Wildcats’ defense with nine total tackles, including eight solo stops. Maddox and Tyler Vankirk had six solo tackles apiece. For the Bulldogs, Mykols was 9-of-15 passing for 99 yards, while Chris Seguin ran 19 times for 112 yards. Defensively, Jack Johnson had seven solo stops plus three assisted tackles.

5 takeaways from the Brighton-Novi football game

Anthony Odoardi
Livingston Daily

Sept. 16, 2017

Brighton gets its revenge

Last year, Brighton looked primed for a lengthy playoff run, heading into the postseason having won six of its previous seven games.

But Novi stopped the Bulldogs dead in their tracks.

It was a 38-9 Wildcats rout, Brighton’s second-worst loss in two seasons under coach Brian Lemons. With the most-lopsided loss coming to Western the week prior, it went from an excellent season to one that ended on something of a sour note.

Brighton was able to correct that on Friday night while also correcting the course of its season, which had gotten off to a 1-2 start. 

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