2011-09-07 / Sports

Pioneers put a leash on Bulldogs

Cros-Lex opens BWAC play with 38-12 win


The Cros-Lex defense put in a great effort in Friday night’s win over Yale. On this play, Darren Harnden (left) and Trevor Sheridan team-up to bring down a Yale running back. 
Photo by Joe Crawford The Cros-Lex defense put in a great effort in Friday night’s win over Yale. On this play, Darren Harnden (left) and Trevor Sheridan team-up to bring down a Yale running back. Photo by Joe Crawford YALE — The Cros-Lex Pioneers are looking to win their sixth BWAC football title (one outright, four shared) in the last seven years. They left no reason to doubt that quest on Thursday night.

The Pioneers backed up their impressive opening win over Dearborn Divine Child the week before by pulling away to a convincing, 38-12, triumph over a good Yale Bulldogs squad in the league opener.

While juniors Nathan Guitar and Tyler Sergent were impressing on the offensive side of the ball, it was the defense that Coach Jason VanDerMaas handed out the most praise.

“Defensively, we really played well. We were able to slow down their running game,” commented VanDerMaas. “They moved some early, but we made adjustments and that forced them to get out of their comfort zone.”

While the C-L defense kept Yale to 104 yards rushing on 42 carries and just 46 passing, plus helped force three turnovers, the offense put points on the board. At quarterback, Guitar (9-of-11, 199) tossed a careerhigh four touchdown passes, including a 51 yarder to Sergent in the opening quarter and a 15 yarder in the second quarter that helped lead C-L to a 28-12 advantage at halftime. He also had a 32 yard strike to Dallas LaPerriere in the second quarter and a 24 yard six-pointer in the final quarter.

Sergent (5’11”, 170) not only caught three passes for 74 yards, he rushed 19 times for 52. Guitar added 58 yards on the ground.

“Tyler’s a hard-nosed runner and has good vision. He took a hook-andladder (the 51 yard pass play) and that got us going early.”

Meanwhile, Robert Donnan, who kicked five extra points, connected on a 35 yard field goal.

The Pioneers, ranked No. 10 in Division 4 by the Detroit Free Press, could get a test this Friday night in BWAC play when they host the Capac Chiefs (0-1, 1-1). The Chiefs grabbed a share of the league title last year when they upset Almont, the only team to defeat C-L in the regular-season in ‘10.

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