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Novi upsets South Lyon in high-scoring KLAA affair

By: Scott Burnstein, October 3, 2014, 11:30 pm

NOVI – Getting to .500 never felt so good.

Firing on all cylinders, Novi shocked previously-undefeated South Lyon Friday night at home, pulling the upset, 50-33, while pulling its record even at 3-3.

“These guys gave all their heart, all their soul tonight, it was pretty amazing,” Wildcats head coach Jeff Burnside said.

Novi junior Emmanuel Jackson was the most amazing of all Burnside’s players, racking up almost 400 combined yards and scoring a trio of touchdowns, the final of which midway through the fourth quarter on a 41-yard scamper up the middle put the game to bed for the Wildcats.

“I almost can’t believe it, we played so hard and we played for each other,” he said.

Jackson ran for 225 yards, had 85 yards receiving and tacked on an awe-inspiring 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on special teams.

Matt Sabo, Jackson’s Wildcat backfield mate, recorded three touchdowns himself (1, 3 yards respectively).

Holding a 22-18 advantage at the half, Novi withstood a South Lyon rally, which saw the Lions get as close a field goal behind, 36-33, early in the fourth quarter. Any additional headway was thwarted by Novi sophomore quarterback Alec Bageris, who promptly hit senior wide out David Johnson for a 60-yard score on the next series.

South Lyon fell to 5-1 following the loss. Lions’ senior signal-caller Anton Skupin completed 25-of-43 pass attempts for 330 yards and three touchdowns. Joe Newman caught two of Skupin’s scores as well as a two-point conversion pass.

“It wasn’t our night,” said a blunt South Lyon head coach Mark Thomas.