Huron Valley Milford made Pat Fox’s return to the sidelines a successful one, as the Mavericks trounced Waterford Mott on the road, 55-3, on Friday, Aug. 26.
Mott surprised Milford (1-0) on its opening drive, as quarterback Evan Underdown led the Corsairs 81 yards, with the assist of a couple Milford penalties, before Orlando Herrera kicked a 23-yard field goal to give Mott an early 3-0 lead.
“We talked about the penalties and told them to settle down. They seemed a little uptight,” said Milford Head Coach Pat Fox said of his players.
The Mavs then erupted, as Alex Larson scored on a 7-yard touchdown run on Milford’s opening drive before the Mavericks recovered a botched kickoff reception by Mott on the ensuing kickoff.
With the ball at the Mott 34-yard line, Brandon Wallace would later punch it in from 5 yards out to give Milford a 14-3 lead.
Larson then connected with Wallace on a screen pass, which Wallace took 51 yards to the end zone, and Milford had a 20-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Larson would later throw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Wallace just before halftime before he ran 59 yards for his second rushing touchdown just 40 seconds into the third quarter.
“Alex and Brandon are very good players. I thought Alex’s performance was strong for his first varsity game and Brandon’s been a strong player for years,” Fox said.
Ryan Grubb would also score two touchdowns in the second half for Milford, which will host Wayne Memorial for its home opener next week, marking Fox’s first home game in three years.
Meanwhile, Mott (0-1) will travel to Livonia Stevenson on Sept. 1.