To no one’s surprise, the atmosphere at Algonac was nothing short of electric for the Muskrats’ first playoff game since 2005.
Sticking with the theme of the season, Algonac achieved more history by winning its first playoff game since 2004, topping Clintondale, 38-0 at The Swamp.
Algonac will host Almont next week as the Raiders topped Marine City, 10-3 to open up their playoff run. Algonac topped the Raiders earlier in the season, 21-7.
Algonac’s defense was stout the whole night, forcing six turnovers. The Muskrats also didn’t mind that the Dragons committed nine penalties on the night, too.
The offense came from all over, with two rushing scores by Shane Asselin and one each from Luke Stephenson and Joe McKee.
After Algonac’s first two drives were cut short by the Dragons defense and an interception by Darrius White, Muskrat junior McKee made sure to make their third drive quick. From 61 yards away from the end zone, McKee took a sweep and bolted for a score on the first play of the drive. AJ Garshott found Nick Folkerts for a two point conversion, making it 8-0.
Clintondale’s following drive was cut short by a fumble recovery by Muskrat senior Mason Ruhlmam – one of his two recoveries in the half. That set up Algonac’s offense 41 yards away from the end zone.
The Muskrats took advantage of the short field, ending their drive with an eight-yard run by Asselin and a failed two point try to make it 14-0.
On its first drive in the second quarter, Algonac extending the lead to 22-0, but not without excitement. The Muskrats had 4th-and-goal at the eight yard line, and an eight-yard run by Luke Stephenson with strong blocking had the Algonac faithful erupting from the packed bleachers. Stephenson also caught the two point try from Garshott.
The teams went into the locker room with Algonac holding a 22-0 advantage. Clintondale showed how potent its offense is throughout the half, but three fumbles and four penalties froze any drive they started.
Algonac started the second half with a failed onside kick try, but stellar defense and a tackle for loss by Maison Graham ended the Dragon drive promptly.
Algonac then got the ball at its 12 and pieced together a good drive, getting the ball to midfield. However, a huge sack by Dragon junior Tyler Speed made it 2nd-and-17 on the following play and the Muskrats never recovered, punting the ball away.
Once Clintondale made its way back into Muskrat territory, Folkerts ended the Dragons drive with an interception – his first of two in the half. However, Dragon senior Davahn Lewis snagged an interception of his own to take the ball back.
Clintondale didn’t go anywhere with the ball, ending the third quarter at 22-0.
Algonac started the fourth quarter with an exclamation point on a 13-yard run by Asselin. Folkerts snagged a ball away from a defender on the two point try, making it 30-0.
The celebration in the bleachers really took off when Algonac cornerback Ryan Malburg took an interception to the house, making it 38-0 after a two point run by McKee.