ASHTON, W.Va. — A young Wildcat team struggled.
The Hannan football team took a loss in its season opener against visiting Montcalm 50-12 on Friday in Mason County. This was Hannan’s 11th straight regular season loss.
The host Wildcats (0-1) accumulated a total of 136 yards offensively, but the defecit was too much to overcome. The Blue and White offense managed to get points on the board in the second half after the Generals (1-0) defense gave them a lot of trouble in the first half of the contest.
Turnovers played a big part in the game. After recovering a Montcalm fumble early in the game, Hannan quarterback Logan Williams threw an interception deep in the Generals territory and Marcus Mitchell ran it back for a 6-0 Moncalm lead. The Wildcats didn’t get out of their own territory for the rest of the first half.
The Generals continued to pour on the offense in the first quarter with a 34 yard touchdown run from Trevor Pointer for a 14-0 advantage. After a Hannan fumble, the Generals marched down the field for another touchdown off a Marcus Mitchell run to make it 20-0. After tacking on another touchdown run from Pointer in the second quarter, Montcalm led 28-0 at the half.
The home team wasn’t ready to throw in the towel yet going into the second half. During the first possession of the third quarter, the Wildcats clawed their way down the field with its running game. Freshman Stephen Berry scored Hannan’s first points of the contest with a 55-yard dash to the end zone with 7:21 left in the third quarter.
Later in the period, Montcalm quarterback Hunter Hodge was picked off off by Chad Withers, who ran it back for another Wildcat touchdown. The home team was down 28-12 by the end of the third quarter.
The Generals came back strong in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdown runs from Mitchell to seal the game for Montcalm.
The Wildcats ended the game with six turnovers, while the Generals only had three turnovers. Montcalm had the first down advantage with nine and Hannan managed to get six. Hannan had eight penalties for 35 yards, while the visitors had seven penalties for 43 yards.
Berry led the Wildcat offense with 13 carries for 89 yards, followed by Withers with 11 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. The Generals offense was led by Mitchell’s eight carries for 123 yards and four touchdowns, followed by Pointer with eight carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns.
Hannan head coach Brian Scott saw signs of his young team’s improvement, but some small fundamentals got in the way of the Wildcats’ effort.
“We moved the football tonight and the defense had some big stops, but unfortunately a lot of small errors really held us back,” Scott said.
The Wildcats will continue its home stand against Jenkins Independent on Sept. 4 at HHS. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106