SEBEWAING — The weather was miserable.
And so was the outcome here Friday night for Jason Beagle and his Unionville-Sebewaing Area Patriots.
After a shaky opening half, Vassar erased its two-point deficit and handed the Patriots their first league loss, this one a 28-8 Greater Thumb West decision.
With the loss, USA falls to 4-1 in the GTW, 4-2 overall. Vassar is now 3-1 GTW, 5-1 overall.
Reese is now the lone unbeaten in GTW play at 4-0. The Rockets host USA next Friday in the annual Sugar Bowl.
The Vulcans scored three second-half touchdowns to rally from an 8-6 halftime deficit in a game played in a soaking rain with winds whipping up to 40 mph.
USA’s lone score came in the second quarter on a 1-yard dive from Brandon Harper. Jake Beachy hit Ryan Nitz for the 2-pointer. The score was set up by a 53-yard run from Harper, as well as a pair of fourth-down conversions.
Harper led USA with 117 yards on 19 carries.
Defensively, Mike Bednarski and Tim Zube led USA with eight tackles while John Bauer notched seven stops.
Next week’s game between the Rockets and Patriots will determine a lot toward the GTW championship. A Reese win gives it at least a piece of the title. If the Patriots win, they will gain at least a share of the crown. Vassar also has a chance at a piece of the title with a win next Friday and a Reese loss. The Vulcans would then have to beat Bad Axe the following week. Reese travels to Bay City All Saints in Week 8 to close out its portion of the GTW slate.
“The good thing is that we still control things,” Beagle said. “We can do it on the field. Reese is our biggest rival, so next week’s game has even more meaning.”
Roundup - Ubly 44, Bad Axe 0
BAD AXE — Ubly’s Jimmy Shaw scored six touchdowns in lifting the Bearcats over Bad Axe.
Shaw scored on runs of 5, 15, 32, 45, 57 and 65 yards for the Bearcats. In all, Shaw rushed 13 times for 270 yards.
For the Hatchets, Spencer Kelly had 55 yards on 14 carries while Brett Metzger added 32 yards on 11 totes.
Reese 36, EPBP 0
PIGEON – Reese spoiled Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port’s Homecoming.
Seth Kosinski led the Lakers with 56 yards on 21 carries while Evan Gascho added 44 yards on 20 totes. Nick Post added 32 yards.
Defensively, Post had eight tackles while Jeff Diebel had five tackles and Austin Jobes four stops.
Cass City 52, BCAS 0
CASS CITY – Nick Kappen rushed for 147 yards and two scores while Brenden Ricker added 125 yards and two more touchdowns, lifting Cass City to the big win over Bay City All Saints on Homecoming.
The Red Hawks led 22-0 after one quarter and 46-0 at the half.
Josh Jensen, Ethan Nicol and Bobby Beyette all chipped in one TD for the Red Hawks.
Cass City chalked up 361 yards on 38 carries.
The Cougars were limited to 44 yards on 32 carries.
Morgan Erla led the Red Hawks with nine tackles.
Deckerville 56, Memphis 6
DECKERVILLE — Deckerville secured its second straight North Central Thumb League championship with an easy win over Memphis.
The Eagles led 20-0 after one quarter and 48-6 at the half.
Andrew Estrada rushed for just 56 yards but scored five touchdowns, including two TD receptions from quarterback Tyler Pattullo. Teammate Patrick Franzel added 194 yards on the ground, including a 65-yard TD in the opening quarter.
Chris Wolfe added the Eagles’ other score.
Deckerville rushed for 355 yards while holding Memphis to 48 on the ground.
Sandusky 36, Brown City 14
SANDUSKY — Sandusky’s Brandon Tucker scored on a kick return and punt return, sparking the Redskins to the win over Brown City.
The Redskins led 22-14 at the break, and then added two second-half scores.
“Sandusky came ready to play and made the big plays when they had to,” said Brown City coach Scott Banks. “We gave up a kick off return and punt return to Brandon Tucker, and we can’t expect to beat a good football team when that happens.
“Give them credit, they played hard and were able to make adjustments in the second half to stop our run game. We need to regroup on Monday. It doesn’t get any easier the next two weeks with Ubly and Marlette...”
Nate Primeau had 122 yards and Cody Laroque 76 yards for the Green Devils.
A couple of photos from USA vs. Vassar