Schoolcraft started the 2020 football season with a big 49-14 home victory Friday against longtime rival Constantine. Although many things were different from their previous meetings over the last 70 years, the Eagles continued their recent success for their seventh consecutive win against the Falcons.
Last season, Schoolcraft set a school record with 574 points scored. It took them only 14 seconds to begin the scoring in 2020 as Jimmy Downs took the opening kickoff return 98 yards to the house. Constantine drove inside the 10-yard line on their first drive, but were denied for a turnover-on-downs. Two plays into the first Eagle possession, Alex Thole connected with Jett Gott on an 89-yard touchdown pass.
The second Falcon drive was also lengthy, but this time successful. After 13 plays, Caden Hetmansperger’s four-yard TD run put Constantine on the board midway through the second quarter. The Eagles answered with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Thole to Jake Olvitt.
Downs would intercept a Hetmansperger pass to give the Eagles possession with 66 seconds before halftime. With seven seconds to go, Thole found Harmon DeVries on an 18-yard TD toss for a 28-7 Schoolcraft lead at halftime.
Constantine started with the ball in the third quarter and still had some hope, but that was quickly dashed. Their drive ended in a punt blocked by Tagg Gott, who recovered the ball in the endzone for a 35-7 Schoolcraft lead. After forcing another turnover-on-downs, Thole earned the running clock with his fourth touchdown pass of the night, an eight-yarder to DeVries.
Both teams scored once more in the final minute of the game. Isaac Hall punched in a 12-yard TD run for the Falcons, followed by another Downs kick return TD (75 yards) in response.
Although the Eagles have the seven-game win streak over Constantine, the Falcons still lead the overall series 40-35 since 1953. Unlike last season and many before it, Schoolcraft and Constantine are in different divisions within the SAC. The Falcons start SAC Lakeshore play with their home opener next week versus Parchment. The Eagles begin SAC Valley play hosting Saugatuck in week two.
SC: Jimmy Downs 98 yard kick return, Jett Gott PAT kick (11:46)
SC: Alex Thole 89 yard pass to Jett Gott, Gott PAT (2:42)
CO: Caden Hetmansperger 4 yard rush, Ryan Doty PAT (5:34)
SC: Alex Thole 8 yard pass to Jake Olvitt, Gott PAT (4:34)
SC: Alex Thole 18 yard pass to Harmon DeVries, Gott PAT (0:07)
SC: Tagg Gott blocked punt recovered in endzone, J. Gott PAT (9:40)
SC: Alex Thole 8 yard pass to Harmon DeVries, Gott PAT (4:16)
CO: Isaac Hall 12 yard rush, Kylie Roberts PAT (0:21)
SC: Jimmy Downs 75 yard kick return, Gott PAT (0:10)
Total Yards: Schoolcraft 289, Constantine 243
Passing Yards: Schoolcraft 233, Constantine 55
Rushing Yards: Schoolcraft 56, Constantine 188
Turnovers: Schoolcraft 0, Constantine 2
Schoolcraft Passing: Alex Thole 12-17, 233 yds, 4 TD
Constantine Passing: Caden Hetmansperger 3-8, 55 yds, 2 INT
Schoolcraft Rushing: Alex Thole 28, Tagg Gott 17, Jimmy Downs 11
Constantine Rushing: Brayden Clark 58, Caden Hetmansperger 47, 1 TD; Isaac Hall 41, 1 TD; Ty Dumm 40, Austin Gross 2, Davonte Conley 0
Schoolcraft Receiving: Jett Gott 2-115, 1 TD; Harmon DeVries 4-62, 2 TD; Jimmy Downs 4-47, Jake Olvitt 1-7, 1 TD; Tagg Gott 1-2
Constantine Receiving: Ty Dumm 2-35, Davonte Conley 1-20
Schoolcraft Defense: Jimmy Downs INT, Jake Olvitt INT
Constantine Defense: Connor Platz 5 tck, Davonte Conley 4 tck, 1 TFL, Bo Eckman 4 tck, Isaac Hall 2 tck, 1 TFL, Gage Ensign 1 tck, Owen Griffith 1 tck, Lukas Hagenbuch 1 tck, Hunter Smith 1 tck
Records: Schoolcraft 1-0, Constantine 0-1