In the last 32 years, the Millington football team has not had a losing season while winning nearly 76% of their games. In the 32 years of winning, Millington was won 13 straight regular-season finales and compiled a 28-3 overall record in that span. The Cardinals look to continue that regular-season finale dominance this Friday when they travel to Flint to take on the Hamady Hawks.
Millington’s first finale loss in the 32-year streak came right away in 1989. The Thumb B Conference Champions hosted former conference mate Birch Run. The Panthers scored a late touchdown to pull out a 20-15 victory. Quarterback Joe Smith threw a touchdown to Matt Bock and ran one in. John Nitz had 15 tackles, while Bock added 12. The Cardinals finished the 1989 season with a 6-3 record.
The Cardinals’ second finale loss did not come again until 2005 at the hands of Croswell-Lexington. The Pioneers would defeat Millington 26-20 as Josh Tolbert threw a touchdown to Adam Love and ran one in as well. Nate Daniels scored Millington’s other touchdown. The Cardinals would finish the 2005 season with a 6-4 record as they lost to Frankenmuth in the first round of the playoffs 42-22 after defeating them earlier in the season during week 4 by the score of 14-12.
Millington’s third regular-season finale loss came the next year, also at the hands of Croswell-Lexington. This time by the score of 20-13. Despite 109 yards from Jimmy Hess and two touchdowns from Dustin Griesing, the Cardinals could not get over the hump to beat the Pioneers. Hess would finish the season with 1,267 rushing yards to lead the Tuscola County Area. Millington would finish with a 6-4 record dropping their first-round playoff game to Birch Run by the score of 39-14.
Since that loss in 2006, Millington has been completely dominant going 13-0 and outscoring their opponents 548-174, which is an average of 42.2 to 13.4 per game.
Hamady brings a 3-2 record to this year’s regular-season finale. The Hawks have beaten New Standard (74-0), Bendle (36-6), and Ecorse (20-12). Their losses have come against Beecher and Ubly. Friday will mark the second time the Cardinals and Hawks have faced each other on the gridiron. Millington defeated Hamady 21-14 in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Down 14-7 midway through the third quarter in the 2019 contest, the Cardinals scored two touchdowns in the second half of the quarter to put the game away. Remington Ray’s 111 yards and two touchdowns led the way for Millington’s offense, but it was Brendyn Callahan’s interception of quarterback Terrell Weston and return for a 50-yard touchdown that sealed the game for the Cardinals. When the clock expired in the fourth quarter Millington would win 21-14.
Hamady returns 12 starters from their 2019 season. Kaleb Chapman (6-4 190) returns at wide receiver for the Hawks. Chapman caught eight touchdowns last year to go along with his 632 receiving yards. The Hawks also return backs DeShawn Douglas and Darquavius Buck (5-11 250). Hamady Coach Gary
Lee compares Buck to another running back that he coached; Mark Ingram. Lee says Buck runs hard and has quick feet like the former Flint Southwestern, Heisman winner from Alabama, and current Baltimore Raven running back. Hamady also returns two gigantic two-way linemen in Delano Townsend and Jalani York. The sophomore Townsend stands at 6-4 and weighs in at 265 pounds. York, who is being recruited by multiple GLIAC schools stands at 6 feet 4 inches and tips the scales at 311 pounds.
Millington enters the game in the midst of its 32nd consecutive winning season and will enter the playoffs next week for the 17th consecutive year. Friday’s game will be live-streamed on YouTube at the Westwood Heights Schools Media YouTube page. Follow the Millington Athletics Facebook and Twitter page for updates throughout the game. If you are able to travel to the game, the address for Hamady High School is 3223 Carpenter Road, Flint, MI 48504. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.