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Morley Stanwood wins football championship title

MORLEY – They were hoping to get it on the pitch.

But regardless, the Morley Stanwood Mohawks won the Central State Activities Association title in 2021.

The Mohawks finished the league season 5-0. They are 5-2 overall, having won five in a row. They were due to play at Lakeview on Friday, but the game was called off and no reason was given.

“We were informed (Friday) that Lakeview is due to forfeit Morley Stanwood as the absolute CSAA league champion for 2021,” said Mohawk coach Art Campione. “It’s an unfortunate turn of events. We would have preferred to play things on the field, but for five straight weeks our kids answered the bell and were ready to play.

The Mohawks started 0-2.

“After our second week of loss to Carson City, we had a closed-door meeting to discuss the direction of our season,” said Campione. “Our seniors stepped up and made a choice not to let us fail. The Mohawks had a perfect conference game 5-0, winning the CSAA for the eighth time in school history.

“The highlights of that 5-0 streak came early in the league when the Mohawks faced a tough Holton team at home. Leading 22-8 at the start, the Mohawks were forced to hang in late as Holton rallied to close to two late in the game. Leading 30-28 with just under a minute left, Holton opted for the two-point conversion, but junior Crue Woolworth moved ahead of Holton’s pass for the key interception to seal the Mohawks’ victory. .

Two weeks ago, the Mohawks were leading 10-0 in the second quarter against White Cloud. Quarterback Aaron Moore connected with Jaqorri Vermass for a 560-yard touchdown pass, triggering a 20-point return in under six minutes.

“Last week against Hesperia there was no need for heroism late in the game as the Mohawks claimed a 70-6 victory rushing 450 yards and tying a school record for points scored in one game and setting a school record for the biggest margin of victory with 64 points, ”Campione said.

The goal now is to make the playoffs. The Mohawks will play at Ludington next Friday and at home with Beal City on October 22.

“It’s a great group of young men to train and it was a fun race to be a part of,” said Campione.

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