Freshmen lose to Warriors, 36-6

John Engebretson
September 2, 2011

The Wildcats dropped to 1-1 after suffering a 36-6 loss to Walled Lake Western (2-0).  The game was marred by ill-timed penalties, several fortuitous calls in favor of Western and several long gains by the Wildcats being called back due to penalties.

Novi first two possessions resulted in 3 and outs allowing Western to race out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.  Novi responded on its next drive behind two long runs by Matt Sabo to move the ball 45 yards and deep into Western’s territory before penalties took the Wildcats out of scoring position.

On Western’s next drive,  the defense forced a fumble that was recovered by Joey Haddad and the Wildcats were in business.    On the ensuing drive,  Ryan Moore ran 57 yards to Novi’s first score only to have the play called back due to a holding call.  The Wildcats regrouped with a 25 yard run by Sabo and an 8 yard run by Hunter Urban.  Unfortunately the drive stalled and the Cat’s were forced to punt.    Western quickly scored on a 56 yard run to up the score at 21-0. 

With time running out in the half, Sabo slashed through Western’s defense on a 70 yard scamper, behind the strength of the offensive line of Blake McCuster, Liam Loomer, Joey Haddad, Dorian Haney and Jared Engebretson.  The half ended with the Wildcats on the Western 10 yard line.

The second half started much like the first with Western scoring quickly to extend the lead to 28-0.  Novi responded with several positive yardage plays highlighted by 20 yard passes from Moore to Rohit Mogalayapalli and Christian Durham.   The drive stalled when Novi failed to convert on fourth down.

Novi’s lone score came after a Walled Lake fumble on the 21 yard line when Moore hit Durham for a 20 yard touchdown strike.  The Cats would get close again on its next drive as well when Moore ran for 12 yards and Sabo for 20 but the drive stalled at the Western 16 yard line due to penalties.