Football spoils Creek homecoming

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Football spoils Creek homecoming

The football team vanquished host Swartz Creek on Friday, Sept. 20, winning the game 54-14. The team extended its record to 4-0 this season.

The football team vanquished host Swartz Creek on Friday, Sept. 20, winning the game 54-14. The team extended its record to 4-0 this season.

IMAGE / Mackenzie Atkinson

The football team vanquished host Swartz Creek on Friday, Sept. 20, winning the game 54-14. The team extended its record to 4-0 this season.

IMAGE / Mackenzie Atkinson

IMAGE / Mackenzie Atkinson

The football team vanquished host Swartz Creek on Friday, Sept. 20, winning the game 54-14. The team extended its record to 4-0 this season.

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The football team shattered Swartz Creek’s dreams of a homecoming victory Friday, Sept. 20, hanging 54 points on the Dragons in a lopsided game.

The victory pushes the Hornets’ record to 4-0. Kearsley is tied with Fenton for first in the Metro League’s stripes division.

Quarterback Braylon Silvas, junior, said the team isn’t satisfied with its hot start.

“4-0 feels great but that’s not our goal,” Silvas said. “We are not satisfied, we are hungry, and we want more.”

Kearsley kicked off the scoring with 7:42 left in the first quarter. Junior Isaiah Stiverson ran in a 26-yard touchdown while senior Ethan Livingston converted the extra point place kick.

With 7:17 left in the second quarter, the Hornets struck again as Silvas sneaked into the end zone for a 10-yard rushing touchdown.

IMAGE / Mackenzie Atkinson
Quarterback Braylon Silvas, junior, drops back in the pocket to scan the field during the first quarter of a 54-14 victory over Swartz Creek on Friday, September 20.

With the Hornet offense buzzing, Silvas sprinted into the end zone for another Kearsley touchdown with 4:37 left in the first half.

But that would not end the Hornets’ scoring before halftime. Silvas ran in a 21-yard touchdown as time expired to put the Hornets up 27-0 at the half.

The Hornets kept dominating the game, as senior Jaylon Burchfield rushed for an 11-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the second half.

Creek finally got on the board a few minutes later with a 46-yard touchdown on the ground.

Less than a minute later, Silvas hit pay dirt with a 56-yard rush.

Kearsley held a 41-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.

IMAGE / Mackenzie Atkinson
Junior Isaiah Stiverson (No. 2) cuts up field with the ball during a football game against Swartz Creek on Friday, Sept. 20. The Hornets won the game 54-14.

Seven seconds into the fourth quarter, Silvas found receiver Michael Gibson, junior, for a 19-yard score.

Junior Jack Porter scored the last Hornet touchdown on an 8-yard rush with 4:16 left in the game.

Creek scored the final touchdown of the game with a 55-yard run, ending the game with a 54-14 score.

Silvas completed 10 passes for 61 yards and tallied another 139 yards on the ground. He scored five all-purpose touchdowns.

Stiverson rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, while Burchfield added 57 yards and a score.

Senior Nick Drinkwine and Livingston each intercepted a pass for the defense.

IMAGE / Mackenzie Atkinson
Seniors Ashtyn Cohoon (No. 18), John Brown (No. 44), and Matt Monroe (No. 48) cut through a group of Swartz Creek defenders during a 54-14 victory Friday, Sept. 20.

Senior Tyler Byczynski completed four solo tackles and assisted on three others, while senior Ashtyn Cohoon made four solo tackles.

Senior Austin Lewis brought down six opponents, including one in the backfield. Seniors Josh Truax and Matt Monroe each made two tackles.

The Hornets’ record is the team’s best to start a season since 1998, a season in which the Hornets made the MHSAA Class A playoffs and posted a 10-1 record.

The Hornets will look to take sole possession of first place in the stripes division against visiting Fenton on Friday, Sept. 27.

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