By Anthony Rhoads
Going into Friday night's game, Union Grove head coach Scott Mason knew Martin Luther King was going to be a tough opponent.
It did turn out to be a frustrating night for the Wolverines as they were shut out by MLK 13-0.
"I knew just by watching them on tape that they have been in the weight room," Mason said. "They're bigger and stronger this year and they just outmuscled us."
Union Grove managed only 170 total yards in the game and only 47 of the yards came in the second half.
Mistakes didn't help Union Grove's cause either.
"We had three costly, bold-faced interceptions when we were in their territory," Mason said. "We just couldn't capitalize on our chances. We still have to get our offense going."
Things didn't go right for Union Grove from the start. Union Grove's first possession of the contest ended in an interception at the MLK 46.
The Lions (4-1) took a 7-0 lead with 7:37 remaining in the second quarter thanks to a 47-yard run by Dantatius Stokley.
On Union Grove's first possession in the third quarter the Wolverines tried a fake punt at the MLK 30.
Jake Hayes completed a 16-yard pass to Zac Blount for a first down but three plays later, Travis Burks threw an interception.
The Lions took a 13-0 advantage with 11:09 remaining in the fourth quarter when quarterback Brandon Petiford scored on a 7-yard run.
Later in the quarter, Union Grove recovered an MLK fumble but two plays later, MLK's Chazeman Harris intercepted his second pass of the night.
The Lions racked up 290 rushing yards. Kodeiro Tores led all rushers with 93 yards while Stokley added 79.
"They were bigger and stronger then us and they wore us down," Mason said. "They're a good team and much improved from last year. They're a good football team."
Union Grove was led by Burks with 50 yards rushing. He completed 3 of 7 passes for 31 yards and three interceptions.
Leading the Wolverines in receiving was Terence Haley with two catches for 27 yards.
Union Grove managed just nine first downs, two in the second half.
Union Grove (1-2-1) plays host to Pike County next Friday.
"They're a good football team," Mason said. "They're not big but they're fast."