Waterford Kettering snapped a 17-game losing streak and reclaimed the Captains’ Oar with a 42-14 victory on the road over rival Waterford Mott on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Kettering’s last victory was in 2010 at the expense of the Corsairs.
Now, Kettering’s first-year head coach Kyle Schultz and his class of seniors finally have a victory to celebrate, while the Corsairs have now lost six straight under first-year Head Coach Chris Fahr.
“It was nice to get that first win. I told them we were close and we spotted a couple opportunities early in the season,” Schultz said. “Things are starting to come together.”
The Captains (1-6, 1-4 in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division) had a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by Alec Spurlock.
In the second quarter, Spurlock scored again on a 46-yard touchdown reception from Danny Hubbell.
Mott’s Alex Moorer then scored on a 20-yard touchdown run and Jalen Wade scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 14 for the Corsairs (1-6, 0-5 in the KLAA North).
However, Hubbell threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Juan Webb to give the Captains a 21-14 lead at halftime.
Kettering then took over in the second half as Randy Bicknell blocked a punt, setting up a 4-yard touchdown run by Webb in the third quarter.
Danotiss Smith then recovered a fumble and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown to give the Captains a 35-14 lead at the end of the third.
Eddie Inglsbee capped Kettering’s scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter as the Captains celebrated a well-deserved victory.
“Our running attack and offensive line gave our quarterback time to throw the ball,” Schultz said. “Defensively, we made some adjustments at halftime and shut down their passing game.”
Spurlock finished with 198 yards of total offense for Kettering, while Hubbell finished with 180 yards passing and Jon Scarber had two interceptions.
Justice Bolling had six catches for 109 yards as well as an interception, while Moorer had 46 yards rushing on seven carries.
Both teams will play in KLAA crossover games against KLAA West Division opponents on Friday, Oct. 12 as Kettering will play at Huron Valley Milford and Mott will play at Brighton.