Once again, the Crusaders opened their season with a difficult road test against a perennial playoff opponent and came away with a sizeable win to kick off their season Friday.
MCC scored twice in the first quarter to open up a lead, added a late first-half score to sustain momentum and added two more scores in the fourth quarter to close the door in an impressive 35-7 win over the Muskrats of Algonac.
Carson St. Amour opened the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown run at the 8:28 mark of the first quarter, followed by an 18-yard touchdown run by Dane Rutz with 1:56 left in the opening quarter.
With time winding down in the first half, sophomore quarterback Max Price connected with junior tight end Nolan Convertini for a 45-yard touchdown pass with 58 seconds left on the clock to give the Crusaders a 21-0 lead at halftime.
The third quarter would belong to the defenses, as neither team sustained meaningful drives in that stanza. In the fourth quarter, however, the Crusaders put the foot on pedal and extended their lead.
St. Amour would add his second rushing score of the game with 7:02 left in the game, this time from eight yards, to push the lead to 28-0.
Algonac marched down the field for on the ensuing drive, scoring on an 18-yard run to get on the scoreboard. It was too little, too late, however, as the Crusaders answered right back with a score of their own.
Tiovanni Knight plunged into the endzone from three yards out with 1:33 remaining in the game to cap off the scoring and give the Crusaders a 35-7 win over the Muskrats in Week 1.
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In his first varsity start, Price finished 10-of-15 passing for 150 yards and one touchdown with no turnovers. The sophomore standout also added 20 yards rushing on five carries.
The Crusaders finished 164 yards rushing as a team, led by St. Amour with 57 yards and two scores on 10 carries. Solomon Waller of Western Michigan Christian added 37 yards on two carries, while Rutz added 35 yards and a score on 11 carries and Knight added 16 yards and a score on five carries.
Rutz led the Crusaders receiving corps with 78 yards on five receptions, while Convertini had 45 yards on his touchdown reception and St. Amour had two receptions for 21 yards.
On defense, Tommy Krates recorded seven tackles and one interception to lead the Crusaders, while Convertini also added seven stops and Waller and Frederickson each added six.
The Crusaders will host Pontiac Notre Dame Prep next Friday with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.