October 17, 2013University Liggett's football team welcomed its annual Homecoming in style last weekend, whipping Lutheran Westland 42-20.
"They're a run-first football team which grinds out possessions," head coach Dan Cimini said. "We were able to limit their effectiveness, while our offensive line, for the second straight game, dominated by allowing our offense to run the ball.
"It's a nice win on Homecoming and guaranteed us second place in the division. Not bad for such a young team."
Liggett senior Antonio Malkoun, No. 72, sets a block for running back Tommy
Jackson, No. 2. Photo by Renato Jamett
With alumni, faculty and students packing the athletic grounds, the host Knights put on a show which started with sophomore Tommy Jackson returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
Jackson also scored on a 33-yard run in the second quarter to help the Knights build a 14-0 lead. Freshman Connor McCarron kicked both extra points.
Lutheran Westland scored right before the first half ended, making it a tight game at the half.
Each team scored a touchdown in the third quarter. The Knights scored on a 70-yard pass from McCarron to wide-open sophomore wide receiver, Nick Gawel. He outran the defensive backs.
The Warriors came right back and used a 13-play, 57-yard drive to score and get within six points, 20-14, with one full quarter left to play.
The Knights put their game into overdrive in the final quarter, scoring three touchdowns.
Senior Darryl Lewis scored on a 3-yard run and added the two-point conversion run, making it 28-14. He scored on the Knights' next possession with McCarron's PAT giving the home team a comfortable 35-14 advantage.
The final TD was scored on a 25-yard run by Jackson and McCarron's extra point put the finishing touches on the Homecoming game.
Jackson ran for 160 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns, and Lewis had 31 yards rushing on 11 carries with two touchdowns, plus caught one pass for 12 yards.
McCarron completed 3-of-5 passes for 89 yards with the one TD. Senior Lordanthony Grissom, Gawel and Lewis had the receptions.
With the win, Liggett finished its Michigan Independent Athletic Conference 4-1, second place to 5-0 Southfield Christian. Liggett also improved to 4-3 overall and now has its sights set on trying to make the state playoffs.
"We have to take it one game at a time and the next one on the schedule is Harper Woods," Cimini said. "It's a big game for us and we have to find a way to slow down their explosive offense and continue to do what we have been doing offensively."