October 5, 2010

Ahmeti and Waverly lose a tough one to St. Johns

Finish, Finish, Finish! This was the word of CMU offensive tackle commit Ramadan Ahmeti after his Waverly Warriors lost to St. Johns Friday night 29-8, despite leading 8-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

" We are right there week in and week out!" said Ahmeti. "We just need to finish and the wins will start coming our way."

The Warriors now fall to 1-5 heading into the home stretch of the season. Despite the disappointing finish the Chippewas can look forward to getting a very athletic tackle in Ahmeti who can be used in a variety of ways.

The Warriors came into the game a heavy underdog to a St. Johns team that had just came off a very emotional win over Mason the week before. Despite the circumstances, the Warriors came out fired up and moved the ball with ease the entire first half (though they couldn't get it in the end zone) and played very tough defense to take St. Johns into a 0-0 tie at halftime. The second half started out no different. Waverly forced a 3 and out on St. Johns first possession, but a key fumble on the ensuing punt return was returned by Cooper Davis of St. Johns to the 1 yard line and capped off by a St. Johns touchdown the next play. Despite this momentum change Waverly drove right back down the field and this time delivered a touchdown and a 2 point conversion with Ahmeti leading the way the entire drive. His outside pulls sprung huge sweeps for Waverly and they clearly run their offense behind him. Suddenly Waverly was up on St. Johns 8-7 heading into the 4th quarter and looking for a huge upset.

"We came out ready and played them tough," said Ahmeti. "I can't fault the way we played early and we really felt like we had them."

The feeling was short lived, however, as St. Johns adjusted in the 4th quarter and scored 21 unanswered points and looked like the team that came out a week earlier and beat a top ranked Mason team. Nothing can be taken from Waverly either, who despite being 1-5 is looking like a much improved team that outplayed a heavily favored St. Johns team for 3 quarters. A week earlier they outplayed a #5 ranked (Division 1) Grand Ledge team for most of the game as well.

On a brighter note Ahmeti was very impressive and a vital part in Waverly's success early in the game on both sides of the ball.

"I felt like I played good," said Ahmeti. "But in the end a loss is a loss and it wasn't enough."

Ahmeti stood out big time and was by far the biggest player on the field. The best part of Ahmeti is his athleticism. He was used nearly every play pulling on sweeps and using his athleticism and size to block much faster linebackers. The variations of sweeps killed St. Johns all night and were sprung by Ahmeti. Ahmeti also assisted on defense adding 9 tackles on that side of the ball.

"One thing St. Johns does well is they are very disciplined. We knew they were going to be but we felt like we were just as prepared and never played scared the whole game. We just didn't finish."

Weaknesses for Ahmeti may be his strength and technique. He was stood up a few times and didn't fire low every play, but his athleticism for his size is second to none. Strength and technique is something Dan Enos and his staff will surely correct in his future, and it was evident why he was a hot target for the CMU staff. As for Ahmeti and his future team, he is very excited to get on campus and keeps in touch with the CMU staff on a weekly basis.

"I talk to the coaches at least once, if not twice, a week through phone calls," said Ahmeti. "I'm also coming up for the Western game in a few weeks and am really looking forward to seeing this game."

In addition to talking with the coaches Ahmeti is also keeping in touch with other recruits and current CMU players.

"I talk with Kenny Rogers from Holt quite a bit. I also talk regularly with Andy Phillips, he's an old teammate and good friend so we are looking forward to reuniting next year" said Ahmeti.

Ahmeti looked good and the Chippewas really look like they got a talented tackle prospect coming in. Other players who stood out in this game included St. Johns linebacker Colin Wilson, who was in on many tackles and saved a lot of big plays. Also Waverly sophomore running back Jordan Martin, who led the game in rushing, looks like a name to keep an eye on for the future.


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