By David Piestrzynski
Special to The Review
The Cosmo’s hopes of making the state football playoffs took a hit after losing to Harper Woods last Friday in a defensive battle.
The team fell to 2-3 after losing 8-6, in a game that didn’t see any scoring until the fourth quarter.
“We had opportunities,” said Leo Wells Hamtramck’s head football coach.
The Cosmos moved the ball consistently, but were unable to capitalize in the scoreless first half.
Their best opportunity came on an interception, which was nearly returned for a touchdown, late in the second quarter by Wontay Jackson, a junior defensive back and running back.
Meanwhile, Hamtramck’s defense was able to keep Harper Woods out of the end zone until a touchdown and two-point conversion made it 8-0 early in the fourth quarter.
The Cosmos were able to respond with a touchdown of their own on the next possession.
After marching to midfield, Wontay Jackson broke free on a 50-yard reverse play to give Hamtramck its only touchdown.
However, the Cosmos were unable to make the two-point conversion to tie the score.
The defense was able to get the ball back, but a final drive for the Cosmos stalled on a failed fourth-down conversion attempt.
Despite the loss, Wells said he was pleased with his team’s effort, which included shutting down Harper Woods’ offense in the red zone on several occasions.
The Cosmos got solid defensive performances from several players including senior running back and linebacker Jonathan Blanding, who had 16 tackles in the game.
Also, DeAngelo Frontroy had seven tackles and a quarterback sack, and Wontay Jackson had 12 tackles, along with an interception on the defensive side.
Next up for Hamtramck is a home game vs. Melvindale ABT this Friday.
The Cosmos have four games remaining, and need to win all four to qualify for the state playoffs with a 6-3 record.
“We have to run the table,” Wells said. “But we match up well. We’ll be in every game.”