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Left, Liggett's Trey Caine gains the edge with a key run during the Knights' win over Detroit Edison. Right, Liggett's Nick Gowel intercepted a pass and returns it for a nice gain in the win over Edison. photo by Bob Bruce.

September 04, 2014
The University Liggett football team won its season opener last week, beating Detroit Edison 28-0 at East Detroit Memorial Field.

The Knights' home field is undergoing a renovation and will not be ready for a few weeks.

"They were ready to play after three good weeks of practice," Liggett head coach Dan Cimini said. "We had a lot of big plays and we worked on those in practice. The guys executed and did what we needed to do in our opener against an Edison team which will get better with experience."

It took the Knights only two plays to score a touchdown. Tommy Jackson took a pitch from quarterback Connor McCarron and threw a halfback option pass to a wide open Trey Caine, who raced 60 yards for the touchdown only 49 seconds into the 2014 season.

"We drew that play up and worked on it for this occasion," Cimini said. "It worked perfectly against the defense, which was thinking run all the way."

Jackson left on the next series after injuring his elbow. He is fine and will be ready to play in game two. However, Cimini wanted to be cautious with his starting tailback and held him out the rest of the game.

"Tommy hurt his elbow, but he is fine and will be running the ball in our next game," Cimini said. "It's sore and thankfully it is only a bruise."

Caine took over as the Knights' lead back and helped put the Knights in scoring position with a 27-yard run, taking the ball to Edison's 8-yard line.

Three plays later, McCarron found Will Morrison for a 7-yard touchdown pass and the quarterback kicked his second extra point, giving the Knights a 14-0 lead halfway through the opening quarter.

On the other side of the ball, the Knights' defense was outstanding. They forced two interceptions and recovered a fumble. The defense also was able to get the ball after stuffing Edison on a couple of fourth-down plays.

"The defense was solid today and they helped contain a team with some kids who can run hard," Cimini said. "My defensive coordinator drew up a great game plan and the guys were tough."

The Knights added another touchdown in the second quarter when McCarron threw a 56-yard strike to Caine with only 57.8 left in the first half. McCarron's PAT made it 21-0 and the Knights were well on their way to win No. 1.

In the fourth quarter, Morrison ran for a 2-yard score and McCarron concluded the scoring by tacking on his fourth extra point.

For the game, Caine rushed for 103 yards on 12 carries and caught three passes for 133 yards with two touchdowns. McCarron wasn't as sharp as he wanted, but still completed six passes for 141 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Others who chipped in with receptions were Nick Gowel and Morrison.

Defensively, Matt Gushee was all over the field and raced down field to recover a fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter.

Liggett, 1-0, travels to Royal Oak Shrine for a 2 p.m. game Saturday, Sept. 6.

Shrine is also 1-0 after beating Melvindale ABT, 21-8.

"Shrine is going to be a tough challenge," Cimini said. "They play some solid football and we have to play well on both sides of the ball to win. We will be ready."

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