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David McCullum throws for three TDs, Waterford Mott downs Fenton, 42-28

By: Tom Markowski, October 20, 2017, 11:44 pm

Waterford – David McCullum and his Waterford Mott did some house-cleaning at halftime as the Corsairs ended the regular season at home looking neat and clean.

McCullum threw three touchdown passes as Mott (8-1) defeated Fenton (8-1), 42-28, in a nonconference matchup that featured two of the state’s most proficient quarterbacks.

Mott never trailed but was never able to shake the Tigers until, on a third-and-4, McCullum ran 24 yards with 2:20 left to all but put the game out of reach.

“We went into the locker room (at halftime), knowing we made some mistakes,” McCullum said. “I wasn’t going to cost us the game tonight. It really wasn’t about the quarterbacks. I owe it to my line and my coaches.

“As a team, we battle. Play after play we battle.”

McCullum threw two interceptions in the first half and Mott committed 13 penalties (109 yards), nine in the first half. The Corsairs played a more disciplined second half and they were the team that forced Fenton into mistakes.

Patrick Bicknell, who caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from McCullum to open the scoring in the first quarter, made an acrobatic interception on the first drive of the second half after Fenton had gained two first downs to the Mott 28-yard line.

Twice Fenton had a second-and-goal at the one only to have Mott stop each drive, one on downs the second with a fumble recovery.

The game matched two State Champs Mr. Football candidates both of whom are senior quarterbacks. McCullum recently became one of the top 10 candidates and his play on Friday bolstered his chances. McCullum was 13 of 24 passing for 270 yards and rushed for 114 yards on 14 carries.

For Fenton it’s Josh Czarnota. Czarnota started slowly completing just two of his first six attempts but finished strong. Czarnota was 15 of 23 for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed 19 times for 76 yards.

The playoffs are ahead for both teams. Mott will compete in Division 1 and will likely host a pre-district next Friday. Fenton, which competed in the Division 2 playoffs last season, will possibly compete in Division 3 and also a game next Friday.