HS Football: Davenport leads Mohawk over Greenfield

  • Mohawk Trail quarterback Shawn Davenport launches a throw downfield through the rain for a 28-yard reception to Cullen Brown in the third quarter against Greenfield on Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. The Warriors won, 24-6. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Matthew Pollen reels in a pass for a touchdown against Greenfield in the fourth quarter Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Ryan Duclos, right, sacks Greenfield quarterback Drew Conant for a loss in the first quarter Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Jaden Whiting (1) dives on a loose ball to recover a fumble ahead of Greenfield’s Jake Sak (10) in the first quarter Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Cam Lococo reaches for a pass in the first half against Greenfield on Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Joey White, middle, intercepts a pass in between Mohawk’s Cullen Brown, left, and Matthew Pollen in the second quarter Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Matthew Pollen (10) brings down Greenfield running back Jake Sak in the second quarter Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk quarterback Shawn Davenport throws downfield for a completion in the second quarter against Greenfield on Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk quarterback Shawn Davenport breaks a tackle from Greefield’s Jake Perkins (30) for a gain the second quarter Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield quarterback Drew Conant throws under pressure from Mohawk’s Liam Driscoll (5) in the second quarter against Greenfield on Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Cullen Brown (19) kicks an extra point against Greenfield in the first half Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk players huddle in the third quarter against Greenfield on Thursday night at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Fans brave the rain Thursday night to watch Mohawk and Greenfield play at Pollard Field in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 11/7/2019 10:22:26 PM

BUCKLAND — Clean uniforms stood no chance Thursday night.

A healthy dose of Mother Nature turned Pollard Field into a mucked up, sloppy track that made footing a nightmare with the rains pouring down throughout West County and beyond. The Mohawk Trail football team felt right at home however, as the defense shut down Greenfield’s rushing attack to the tune of 52 yards on 29 carries en route to a convincing 24-6 victory in an independent contest.

The Warriors improved to 5-3 on the season, as they picked up their second win in a row after three straight losses. The Green Wave fell to 4-5 with the loss, which was as close to a Greenfield-Turners football game as you’re going to see this year with the Mohawk Trail roster featuring a handful of Powertowners in their first year as a co-op.

Mohawk Trail junior quarterback Shawn Davenport had a hand in all three of his team’s touchdowns on Thursday night.

Trailing 6-0, Davenport got his team on the board late in the first quarter when he bulled in on a QB sneak from 3 yards out. Cullen Brown’s extra point gave the Warriors a 7-6 lead with 4:04 left in the opening stanza.

It was all Mohawk Trail the rest of the way. With 2:27 left before halftime, Davenport threw his first of two touchdown passes to extend the advantage. Davenport hit Brown for a 15-yard strike on second down, running the same play twice in a row after the duo just missed a touchdown on first down. Brown’s extra point gave the hosts a 14-6 lead heading into intermission.

The Mohawk Trail defense took control in the second half. Greenfield managed just 16 yards of offense after the break, with the Warriors defensive line controlling the line of scrimmage and frequently breaking into the backfield to stop ball carriers immediately upon taking handoffs.

Despite the domination, it remained just a one-score game until the first play of the fourth quarter. Davenport found tight end Matthew Pollen cutting across the field to his right, and the junior did the rest, sprinting away from defenders for a 23-yard touchdown that extended the advantage to 21-6.

Greenfield was unable to cross midfield in the second half, and the Warriors capped the scoring after forcing a punt when Brown drilled a 21-yard field goal with a minute remaining to seal the deal.

All told, the Wave punted five times and turned the ball over twice.

The final score was a far cry from how the visitors opened the night. Mohawk Trail fumbled the ball away on the game’s first play from scrimmage, and Greenfield’s Jared Hart pounced on it at the Warriors 35. Five plays later, quarterback Drew Conant dropped a 21-yard touchdown pass over the top of the Mohawk Trail secondary and into the hands of Jake Perkins to give the Wave a quick 6-0 lead just 3:01 into the first quarter.

Greenfield tailback Jake Sak led his team with 37 yards on 20 carries.

Davenport finished the night 4-for-13 passing for 85 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Pollen and Brown had two receptions apiece.

Evan Shippee, whose mud-caked jersey was perhaps the least recognizable by the end of the night, amassed 88 yards on 16 carries for the Warriors, and Davenport added 81 yards on the ground on 13 carries, including the score. Cam Lococo finished with five carries for 22 yards.

Both teams now await their opponents for next week’s games, which will be determined on Sunday.




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