TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena football team's 2012 Big North Conference opener didn't go as planned on Friday night as the Wildcats lost to Traverse City Central 47-6.
Alpena (0-3) trailed 14-0 after one quarter and didn't get on the scoreboard until the third quarter when Dylan Thrasher scored on a four-yard run.
Cade MacArthur led Alpena offensively with 56 yards on nine carries. Thrasher had 43 yards The Wildcats were playing without leading runner Ashton Dever who missed the game with a concussion.
The Trojans built a 28-0 at the half and a 40-0 lead after three quarters. After three quarters the Trojans had gained 271 yards to Alpena's 179.
Brady Marwede completed six passes for 75 yards but was picked off four times. Tim Atkinson was Alpena's leading receiver with three catches for 28 yards.
Alpena hosts Traverse City West next Friday.
Hillman 2, Au Gres 0
HILLMAN-The Hillman football team earned a North Star League win on Friday after Au Gres forfeited the game due to a lack of healthy players.
Five members of the Au Gres team were injured in a car accident in Iosco County on Thursday night. While no one was seriously hurt, the players were banged up and Au Gres coach Eric Perrot decided against playing on Friday to prevent any serious injuries. One player will remain in the hospital until today.
Hillman moves to 2-1 on the season and will play Marlette at home next Friday.
Alpena 14, TC Central 12
Defense came to the forefront on Thursday as the Alpena High School freshman football team played at home against Traverse City Central and escaped with a 14-12 win.
Wildcat halfback Joe Ayala plunged in the end zone from one yard out with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter. The Trojans countered with a score of their own in the second quarter and the score stayed knotted at six until halftime.
The Trojans were stopped twice in the opening moments of the third quarter deep in Wildcat territory and Josh Bell came up with a big stop the second time, stopping Trojans' quarterback Griffen Cencer on a fourth-down play at Alpena's five yard line.
The Wildcats drove 95 yards to put the go ahead touchdown in the books as Ayala went in from a yard out and followed up with a two-point conversion with just over six minutes left in the third quarter.
Central countered with a touchdown of its own when Mason Houston tip-toed into the end zone. But the Alpena defensive line stopped Cencer from going in for the two point conversion.
Ayala led the rushing game of the Wildcats with 179 yards on 31 carries. The Wildcats would finish with 310 yards of total offense. Alpena (2-1) will face Traverse City West in Traverse City on Thursday.
Editor's Note: Pellston defeated Rogers City 7-6 and Atlanta defeated Mio 46-16 but no further details were available.