CMU Football Defeats Avila; Ford Gets 1st Win as CMU Head Coach
KANSAS CITY - Two first-half interceptions by cornerback Mitchell Swan and strong safety Bryan Plenge keyed Central Methodist University's 28-20 win Saturday at Avila University inside the Zarda Athletic Complex. The victory also marked the first for new Central Methodist head coach Jody Ford.
After Avila quarterback Dominic Carmazzi found wide receiver Darrell Dunston for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, the visitors scored 21 straight points in the second quarter and never again trailed in the contest. Fullback Seta Pohahau scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground, and quarterback Kaleb Borghardt found wide receiver Jamall Williams for a 26-yard scoring strike through the air on 3rd-and-7 with 7:47 left in the first half.
Carmazzi was pulled late in the first half in favor of Jacob Hicks who led Avila on an 11-play, 72-yard touchdown drive. Hicks, who played the rest of the game at quarterback, found wide receiver Da'Veion Sullivan from four yards out with five seconds remaining before halftime to cut the deficit to 21-14.
Each team scored one touchdown in the second half, but Avila's PAT attempt was no good because of a failed quarterback sneak. Central Methodist also sniffed out a fake-punt attempt by Avila early in the 3rd quarter. With under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Borghardt converted a key 3rd-and-9 with a 23-yard scramble.