Waterford Mott was looking to build off an opening week victory on the road by winning its home opener against a defending division champion. However, the Northville Mustangs were quick to give the Corsairs a sobering reminder that they still have a lot to learn.
Mott was soundly defeated on its home field, 41-6, on Thursday, Aug. 30 by the defending champions of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) Central Division.
The Corsairs (1-1) were coming off a morale-boosting 36-14 victory at Wayne Memorial back on Aug. 23, while Northville (1-1) had suffered a 39-14 defeat to Huron Valley Lakeland in its home opener on Aug. 24.
Still stinging from the loss, the Mustangs asserted themselves early and often against the upstart Corsairs.
“The kids played hard, but made some mental mistakes and we coached a terrible game,” Mott Head Coach Chris Fahr said. “I personally put our team in bad positions, I didn’t play to the strengths of our team, and that won’t happen again.”
One example he gave was when Mott was trailing 14-0 and had the ball at the Mustangs’ 5-yard line with a chance to get on the scoreboard.
“I called a pass play and we got intercepted. They then took over and drove for a touchdown,” Fahr said. “My play-calling was terrible. We had missed assignments and our defense had a hard time getting aligned.”
Alex Moorer scored Mott’s only touchdown of the night, but it came late in the game and proved inconsequential.
“You have good days and bad days and we have to get better. The kids competed and played hard,” Fahr said.
Things will not get any easier for the Corsairs on Friday, Sept. 7, when they begin KLAA North Division play by hosting a winless Walled Lake Northern team that has averaged 48 points in its first two games.
“I think we’ll come out strong, we have to learn and remember we’re young,” Fahr said. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘When you lose, don’t lose a lesson.’”