Western romps past Mott

Rah­maan-Yaseen makes big plays on both sides of the ball

The Detroit News - - Sports - BY DAVID GORICKI The Detroit News

Water­ford — Calvin Brown wasn’t about to let Water­ford Mott gain any mo­men­tum, cut­ting in front of a re­ceiver and re­turn­ing an in­ter­cep­tion 100 yards to help No. 20 Walled Lake Western to a 52-13 Lakes Val­ley Con­fer­ence vic­tory Fri­day night.

Mott (3-1, 3-1, No. 20 in New Su­per 20 poll) and Western (3-1, 3-0) have de­vel­oped a strong ri­valry in the past sev­eral years with the teams split­ting the pre­vi­ous four meet­ings, in­clud­ing Western’s 38-7 rout in 2016 when it ad­vanced to the Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle game, and Mott aveng­ing the loss with a 47-37 vic­tory last year.

Walled Lake Western ju­nior Ab­dur Rah­maan-Yaseen set the tempo by mak­ing a tackle and get­ting a pass break-up from his cor­ner­back spot on the open­ing se­ries, then scor­ing on a 16-yard TD re­cep­tion off a pass from Sam John­son for a 7-0 cush­ion.

Rah­maan-Yaseen would be an im­pact player all night, com­ing up with a 40-yard re­cep­tion on the next se­ries to set up a 41yard field goal by Ai­den Jen­nings for a 10-0 lead late in the open­ing quar­ter.

It looked like Mott was ready to cut the deficit when Matthew Castillo found Kam Man­ley for 18 yards to set up a first and goal at the 9, but two plays later Castillo tele­graphed a pass and Brown stepped in front of the re­ceiver at the goal line, picked it off and sprinted down the left side­line for the TD with 10:22 left in the half for a 17-0 ad­van­tage.

“We’ve been prac­tic­ing all week about that play, I just read the quar­ter­back eyes and knew I had to make a play,” said Brown, who scored five TDs, in­clud­ing runs of 26, 2 and 4 yards and a 50-yard kick­off re­turn.

Mott cut the deficit to 17-7 at half­time when Castillo found Quillen Howze for a 65-yard TD pass mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, but that would be as close as Mott would get.

Western dom­i­nated the third quar­ter to open a 38-7 lead, cap­i­tal­iz­ing on a pair of Rah­maanYaseen in­ter­cep­tions.

First, John­son — a Bos­ton Col­lege com­mit — di­rected an 80-yard drive, find­ing Rah­maanYaseen down the left side­line on the first play for 38 yards to the Mott 42, then fir­ing a pass to Mal­comb Baker for 14 yards on a fourth and 8 to set up Brown’s 26-yard TD run just two min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Western would then score two more TDs in less than a minute for the 38-7 cush­ion with 5:34 left in the third

Rah­maan-Yaseen’s first in­ter­cep­tion gave John­son a short field to work with at Mott’s 45 and Kevin Jack­son’s 30-yard run set up Brown’s third TD, this time a 2-yard run with 6:12 left in the third.

Then, Rah­maan-Yaseen would come up with Western’s third in­ter­cep­tion, this time at Mott’s 48. John­son quickly went up top, find­ing Baker for a 34yard toss down the right side­line. John­son scored on the next play on a 14-yard op­tion run with 5:34 left in the third.

“We had to make ad­just­ments be­cause we knew they had to throw the ball a lot,” Rah­maanYaseen said. “He ran a hit route on the first one and I just jumped the route and picked it off. He just threw a bad ball on the sec­ond one.”

Western’s de­fense forced the three turnovers which turned into 21 points. And, Western slowed down Mott’s 5-foot-9, 210-pound run­ning back Mar­cus Guer­rero, who came in av­er­ag­ing 10 yards a carry.

Guer­rero was lim­ited to 20 yards on his first 11 car­ries be­fore break­ing loose for a 19-yard gain late in the third quar­ter.

John­son took a seat on the bench af­ter three quar­ters, hav­ing com­pleted 9-of-14 for 180 yards and a TD.

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