Fowlerville can’t maintain fast start in football loss to Lansing Catholic
FOWLERVILLE — Lansing Catholic hasn’t looked like a football team that has won two state championships and 14 playoff games the past three seasons.
But despite taking a 2-5 record to Fowlerville Friday night, the Cougars played more like they’re accustomed to in a 41-14 victory over the Gladiators.
After allowing a touchdown on Fowlerville’s first possession of the game, Lansing Catholic scored 41 straight points, leading 34-7 by halftime.
“They’re well-coached,” Fowlerville coach Jon Fletcher said. “They’re still a good football team.”
The game began on a promising note for the Gladiators, as Evan Atkinson returned the opening kickoff 75 yards to the Cougars’ 14-yard line. Four plays later, running back Blake Juopperi scored on a 1-yard run with 9:46 left in the first quarter.
“We had a good kick return to set it up and scored,” Fletcher said. “We were definitely excited the way we started.”
Those good vibes wouldn’t last long for Fowlerville.
Alex Fernandez had a 4-yard touchdown run and threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lewis to give the Cougars a 14-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Fernandez ran for a 28-yard touchdown, Lewis threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Braden Rabideau and Fernandez threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Lewis in the second quarter.
A 1-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Rabideau in the third quarter extended the Cougars’ lead to 41-7.
Juopperi scored the final touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run with 9:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Juopperi ran 11 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fowlerville’s offense.
Fowlerville is 3-5 heading into its final game next Friday at Charlotte, which is 7-1 and coming off a 44-34 victory over previously unbeaten Flint Hamady.
Fletcher’s message to his players after the loss was: “Just to keep fighting for each other. We still have one game left. We still have a lot to play for.”
Jacobs was 11-for-16 for 185 yards and two touchdowns and ran 12 times for 83 yards and two scores for the Cougars. Lewis caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Rabideau scored touchdowns on two of his three catches.
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