Bay City Central are no longer winless after homecoming triumph ended six-game slippage
BAY CITY, MI – Homecoming was a big party, with an eye-catching parade and two shiny crowns – and a monumental win for Bay City Central.
In shock after six straight losses to start the season, Central had the feel-good moment he expected with a dramatic 30-25 victory over Flint Carman-Ainsworth in front of a homecoming crowd at Elmer Engel Stadium.
“It’s about making memories,” Central coach Kevin Frederick said. “Obviously, this is not the year we expected. It was one punch after another. But winning on the return is something they will always remember. “
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A central team that started the year with high expectations were instead forced to face a losing streak that hung over the program for six long weeks. Wolves have played in five of their first six road games, and the famous limits of Engel Stadium were a welcome sight in Week 7.
Central hasn’t seen a winless season since 1949, the year before Engel began his Hall of Fame career as a head coach. And the Wolves had no interest in making that kind of story in 2021.
Senior quarterback Kyle Sporman set off Central, running for two goals and throwing at AJ Kaczanowski for two more as the Wolves built a 30-12 lead. But, in a year like this, nothing would be easy.
Carman-Ainsworth (1-6) did not want to go, catching up in the race. When the Cavaliers scored on a 33-yard pass in the fourth and 17th with 10:50 left, they were at 30-25.
Central defense would rise to the occasion to finish the job. Wolves stopped Carman-Ainsworth inside the red zone in three tries in the fourth quarter to preserve the long-awaited victory.
“We did some really good things in the first half, but then we gave up in the second half and took our foot off the pedal,” said Frederick. “We’re talking about playing hard for four quarters and learning how to win a football game. It was a step in the right direction, but we still have work to do.
“We say to the guys, ‘It’s not always pretty, it’s not always going to turn out the way you want it to be, but you have to find a way to win.'”
Sporman had a big game coming back from an injury that kept him out of Week 6. He ran 24 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns and was 8 of 20 passes for 140 yards and two scores. . AJ Kaczanowski caught three passes for 94 yards, hitting the paydirt on receptions from 37 and 53 yards.
Jamario Harris also rushed for 113 rushing yards on 14 carries in the victory. Xavier Wilson also had a 27-yard field goal 2 seconds before halftime.
But the match was in play until the last seconds, Carman-Ainsworth mounted a last drive to try to trap the match. But Kaczanowski pulled off a pass over the 20-yard center line and – with my apologies to King and Queen Tong Xin Wu and Sophia Facundo – the biggest homecoming celebration ensued.
“We are excited,” Frederick said. “We got rid of the monkey, we won.”