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By JOSH CLAYWELL email@example.com
HODGENVILLE — The “game of the year” turned into a one-sided affair on Saturday night.
And the Hardin County Wolverines came out on the wrong end of it at LaRue County High School’s Hawk Field.
Detroit Seminoles quarterback Robert Hunt completed 11-of-20 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Seminoles to a 37-18 win in a battle of teams jockeying for position in the Mid Continental Football League’s American Conference.
Detroit (8-0-1 overall) moved to 6-0 in the MCFL, while the Wolverines (10-2) fell two games back in the division standings at 4-2.
The Seminoles, who feature 18 former NCAA Division-I players, jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 11:09 left in the first quarter. Hunt, who played at Grand Valley State, completed a 24-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Roy Granger.
Two possessions later, Detroit widened its lead to 14-0. Running back Willie Johnson gained 13 yards on a sweep before fumbling on Hardin County’s 40-yard line. Tight end T.J. Smith recovered the loose ball and returned it for a touchdown, and kicker Rasko Apostolovski connected on the point-after try as time expired on the first quarter.
Following a Wolverine turnover, former Central Michigan running back Reggie Williams capped a 10-play drive with a 2-yard run with 5:04 left in the second quarter.
Hardin County got on the board just before halftime as veteran quarterback Kendrick Johnson connected with former Murray State receiver Shaun Boykins on a 7-yard score with 16.5 seconds left before intermission.
The Wolverines’ first drive of the second half showed promise as Johnson completed two passes for 10 yards and moved the ball to the Seminoles’ 36-yard line. But Johnson was intercepted by Detroit linebacker Davie Schierbaum, who returned the ball 30 yards before fumbling at the 35-yard line.
Hardin County couldn’t capitalize, and was forced to punt four plays later.
The Seminoles seemingly put the game out or reach on their next possession as Hunt connected with receiver Devon Clark on a 31-yard score with 1:34 left in the period.
It didn’t take Hardin County long to come up with an answer. Just 45 seconds after Detroit scored, Kendrick Johnson found receiver Antonio Dilworth on a 36-yard touchdown strike with 46.1 seconds left. The Wolverines trailed 28-12 after Johnson’s PAT was blocked.
Detroit began to work the clock on its next possession as the Seminoles moved the ball to the Wolverines’ 46-yard line. On the next play, former Meade County defensive lineman Brandon Ditto sacked a Seminole running back, forcing a fumble.
Former Elizabethtown linebacker Steven Milesko recovered the fumble and raced 42 yards for a touchdown with 8:42 left. Johnson’s conversion pass fell incomplete, and that was as close as the Wolverines would get.
Detroit tacked on a safety with 5:07 left and an 8-yard touchdown by Willie Johnson with 55.6 second left in the game.
Kendrick Johnson completed 11-of-27 passes for 127 yards. Boykins had five catches for 27 yards, while Dilworth caught two for 64.
Josh Claywell can be reached at 505-1752