Bound for the end zone - Ricky Clark (4) of Schoolcraft sprints down the sidelines on his way to a 45-yard touchdown run in the first half against Constantine Friday.  Commercial-News/Scott Hassinger

Eagles’ defense huge in win over Falcons

SCHOOLCRAFT — The Schoolcraft Eagles football team wasn’t about to let this one slip through its hands.
Sparked by an early first-quarter turnover, Terry Haas’ Division 6 No. 3-ranked Eagles flew to a 20-10 Southwestern Athletic Conference non-divisional win Friday at Roy Davis Field.
“A lot of people thought this game would be real high scoring. But our defense really stepped up tonight and made the plays when we needed them,” Haas said.
“We got a couple passes battled down by our defensive lineman (Jakob Huysken) and our kids stopped Constantine twice inside our 20-yard line. That was big.”
Schoolcraft senior defensive lineman Jakob Huysken recovered a Constantine fumble at the Falcons’ 45 to set up the Eagles’ first score.
Ricky Clark dashed 45 yards for the Eagles’ first TD on its second play from scrimmage. Kameron Snyder booted the first of his two PATs.
The 6-foot-0, 185-pound Clark, who led all rushers in the contest, added a five-yard scoring burst at the 8:31 mark of the second period to put his team up 13-0 at the break.
Aitor Cruchaga’s 23-yard field goal cut Constantine’s deficit to 13-3 with 6:08 left in the third quarter.
But Clark raced the final 15 yards to cap a five-play 69-yard scoring drive at 4:18 that hiked the Eagles’ lead to 20-3 after the Snyder PAT.
Sophomore Brenden Schragg crashed over from 10 yards out for Constantine first TD with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter. Cruchaga’s PAT lessened the Falcons’ deficit to 20-10.
But Clark didn’t do all of his damage to Constantine with his legs. The Eagles’ three-year starter had a pretty impressive night through the air completing several passes with his favorite target being senior receiver Nolan Anspaugh.
“Ricky is a real special player. He always seems to come up with a big play for us,” Haas said.
Haas knew Constantine would try and control the clock with time sustaining drives with its Wing-T offense.
“They controlled the clock and did a nice job limiting our possessions. I think we only ran five plays in the first quarter,” Haas said.

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