Tawas Area’s Jake Hazen spills the Benzie Central running back just short of a touchdown during a goal line stand as the first half ran out in Friday’s home loss.

TAWAS CITY – There were some things to be happy about, but the results were unfortunately the same for the Tawas Area football team Friday. The Braves, hosting Benzie Central in a Northern Michigan Football League Legacy Division meeting, came up short 48-12.

“They were fast and they were good,” head coach Aaron Hazen said. “They had tough kids, a good number of kids on their roster and just a solid team.” 

One highlight for the Braves came late in the first half. The Huskies already carried a 21-0 lead and were knocking on the door of another touchdown before the end of the second quarter. 

Benzie quarterback Ike Koscielski scrambled for a first down to set up a first-and-goal with under a minute left. Tawas had well-made tackles by Evan Mochty and Jake Hazen on the Huskies final two plays, however, keeping them from scoring points as time expired. 

“That was a huge boost for the kids, they went into halftime feeling like they accomplished something,” Hazen said. “That goal line stand was huge for them, they were fired up at halftime. That gave them a little bit of confidence.” 

Tawas lost to visiting Benzie Central 48-12 on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Tawas found the endzone twice in the second half, getting a pair of touchdown runs by Lukas Herrick. 

Hazen was also pleased with the play of Mochty, who had to step in at quarterback for Granite Barringer, who left with an injury early in the contest.

“He gets reps in practice but he doesn’t always get reps the way first string does but he stepped up and did really well, he played tough all night,” Hazen said. 

Herrick finished with 131 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and Barringer had 26 yards on one attempt. Mochty was three-of-five passing for 56 yards, 50 of which went to Kyle Indreica. 

The defense saw Herrick get eight tackles, Mochty had six tackles, Indreica added five tackles, Gabe Kaniszewski had four tackles and Decan Gerhard had three tackles, two of which were for a loss.

Tawas (0-3 overall, 0-2 NMFL Legacy) heads to Ogemaw Heights (1-2, 0-1) for another league game. The Falcons are coming off a 63-26 loss to Traverse City St. Francis last week. 

Editor's note: That game may be forfeited due to seven students at Tawas Area Schools that have tested positive for COVID-19. We'll update you here when we know more.

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