Hartland football steals momentum from Novi, secures second win

September 2, 2021
Colin Gay
Reprinted with permission of the Novi News

Novi’s offense thought it had something brewing.
 
Trailing 12-0 late in the fourth quarter, junior quarterback Luke Aurilia took the ball at his own 13-yard line, immediately throwing a pass that led to a Hartland pass interference call, giving the Wildcats some room to work with.
 
After a dropped pass in the middle of the field by senior Bacari Scott, Aurilia didn’t slow down. The next snap, he saw a wide-open receiver in senior Tyler Patrick in the bubble, taking it 72 yards for their first score of the game. 
 
Momentum had not been on Novi’s side up to that point. Trailing by five with four minutes left, the Wildcats had hope. 
 
Sam Clay squashed that hope immediately.

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