‘Murphy’s Law’ gets to Fennville in third quarter of loss
Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
For Fennville football coach, Brian Sackett the third quarter was the Murphy quarter in their Friday, Oct. 31, 49-6 pre-district loss to Northpointe Christian.
After finishing the first half trailing only 7-6, the Blackhawks were looking for a solid second half, but that all went away in the third.
“This was a Murphy quarter,” Sackett said. “Let’s see what went wrong, a fumble, a pick, Mitchell got hurt—it was bad.”
Indeed it was bad for the Blackhawks.
Kicking into a strong wind to start the second half, Fennville kicker Luis Martinez pouch-kicked the ball to the Northpointe 40. Four plays later Luke VanDyke broke loose for a 36-yard scamper to put the Mustangs up 14-6. This was the first of four more scoring plays he had a direct hand in during the quarter.
In Fennville’s next offensive series, Leonard (9 of 32 passing for 130 yards and 3 picks) was intercepted by VanDyke who returned it to the four-yard line.
Mitchell, on the play, injured his wrist tackling VanDyke and had to come out of the game.
On the next play, the Mustangs scored to make it 21-6.
Julian Martinez-Grigg came in as the Blackhawk quarterback and went 0 for 2 passing. Mitchell returned to punt the ball, but shanked it out-of-bounds at their own 20.
VanDyke (11 carries for 107 yards and 2 TDs) took it in from there to make the score 28-6.
The following offensive series for Fennville ended with a lost fumble. VanDyke (2 of 4 pass for 63 yards and 2 TDs) threw his first pass completion for a touchdown to make the score 35-6.
The Mustangs scored once more in the third quarter on a 25-yard run and off another Leonard interception to start the fourth quarter to finish the scoring at 49-6.
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