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The Gibraltar Carlson Marauders hosted the Dearborn Edsel Ford Thunderbirds in a Downriver League battle on Thursday night.

Dearborn Edsel Ford at Gibraltar Carlson Football Photo Gallery

The turnover bug bit Edsel Ford early in the game, and he couldn’t recover. The Marauders capitalized on every chance they had and took a 42-12 win in their home opener.

On the opening kickoff, the Thunderbirds had a good comeback, going over the 50-yard line until a Carson hit forced a fumble and the Marauders (2-0, 2-0 DRL) recover.

Carlson’s running offense, led by lead running back Omari Carter, topped the Thunderbirds’ front seven. Carter eventually landed a punch from two yards out and gave the Marauders a 7-0 lead.

After another fumble from Edsel (0-2, 0-2 DRL), Carlson’s attack got back to work. This time, freshman rookie Izaiah Wright led the charge and eventually found the end zone to give his team a 14-0 first quarter lead.

The T-Birds started to get into an attacking rhythm and were able to move the ball. However, an otherwise successful drive was cut short when a pass over midfield was caught by Carlson’s Noah Derwick and created another Marauder touchdown. A two-yard touchdown pass at 4th and an Edward Light goal to Timothy Simons gave the Marauders a three-point lead.

Dearborn Edsel Ford visited Gibraltar Carlson on Thursday night. The Thunderbirds ran into a powerful Marauders team and fell 42-12. (Cory Linsner – For MediaNews Group)

Simons wasn’t done playing.

On defense, he forced a fumble on Edsel’s possession that followed and Carlson was able to get the ball back.

The Marauders ground game once again dominated the field and another Wright touchdown put the team up 28-0 with 4:31 left in the first half.

The T-Birds moved the ball upfield again, but the momentum was halted. A pass down the middle was intercepted by the Jackson Zachary and taken 55 yards from home for a pick-6. The Marauders’ lead increased to 35-0.

Overall, he scored five consecutive turnovers for Edsel.

“Playing on our sidelines. Our defense is built on creating havoc, so being aggressive was key,” Carlson coach Jason Gendron said. “We knew they had good receivers, which means we had to win up front to create pressure to help at the back.”

The T-Birds would not go down quietly in the first half.

Quarterback Logan Barkoff connected on a 62-yard pass to senior wide receiver Martell Travis for Edsel’s first touchdown of the game. After a failed PAT, the team was down 35-6.

Despite Thursday night’s tough loss, T-Birds coach Lee Grizzell said he likes his team’s trajectory this season.

“I’m really proud of our fight these last two games,” Grizzell said. “We made a lot of mistakes, but the effort is there. We’re trying to change the culture here and instill a team mentality. Our attacking and defensive patterns are new, so we’re always trying to think things through. But we are improving, and the coaches and players will work harder and keep building.

Carlson came out in the second half and didn’t change anything offensively. The Marauders continued to gain yards at will and Carter scored from 21 yards after a 38-yard pass from Light to Brandon Scheffler extended possession.

Gibraltar Carlson hosted Dearborn Edsel Ford on Thursday night.  The Marauders handed the visiting Thunderbirds a 42-12 loss.  (Cory Linsner - For MediaNews Group)
Gibraltar Carlson hosted Dearborn Edsel Ford on Thursday night. The Marauders handed the visiting Thunderbirds a 42-12 loss. (Cory Linsner – For MediaNews Group)

For the night, Carter carried the ball seven times for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Wright had eight touches for 50 yards and two scores and quarterback Edward Light joined him with eight carries and 44 yards.

In the air, the Light to Scheffler connection worked several times in great moments. Light was 6 for 12 passing for 95 yards and a touchdown. Scheffler completed three of his passes and finished with 65 receiving yards.

Edsel was able to add six more points, courtesy of a 25-yard touchdown by Jacob Hazamy. The 2-point conversion was stopped by Carlson.

For the night, the T-Bird duo of Hazamy and Hasan Abuhasan led the way. Hazamy finished with 14 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown while Abuhasan had six carries totaling 61 yards. In the air, Barkoff had 5 of 13 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Travis had two passes for 66 yards and a score.

Carlson went undefeated heading into a big showdown with Allen Park in Week 3. The Marauders and Jaguars were co-league champions last year and both teams look set to chase the crown again this fall.

“We’ve done our job so far, I’m proud of our guys,” said Gendron. “It’s going to take a hell of a week next week to prepare. We understand what’s ahead of us and we have a lot of respect for those guys there and I’m looking forward to the week.”

The game will take place at Carlson at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9. The Jags were supposed to host, but their new grass pitch is still under construction.

Edsel will travel to Lincoln Park the same night in what will be a two-team matchup looking for a first win of the season.

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