Constantine defies odds, upsets Schoolcraft 31-28 in Division 6, faces Watervliet next

Football   | Tom Markowski

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When practice began on Aug. 10 Constantine coach Shawn Griffith was a bit concerned. Most coaches are full of optimism that first day. Not Griffith. He had eight seniors and eight juniors show up and Griffith was wondering how he would get through the season let alone concern himself with thoughts of making the playoffs.

Griffith did manage to field a team of 21 but his problems continued. His top running back, Anthony Evilsizor, suffered a separated shoulder in the preseason scrimmage and then quarterback Matt Hasbrouck, a three-year, suffered a leg injury in the season opener.

Constantine started 0-2 and late-season losses to Watervliet and Schoolcraft evened its record at 4-4.

“We played Hartford in the ninth week and we thought we could get in with a win,” Griffith said.

 Constantine defeated Hartford, 21-6, and was playoff bound for the 17th consecutive season.

The bad news is that it had to go to Schoolcraft (9-0), a team that defeated Constantine 42-24.

“That score doesn’t ind