St. Joseph (Mich.) senior defensive end and Wolverine commit Corey Malone-Hatcher took the field inside Michigan Stadium for The Battle at The Big House on Friday afternoon looking to prove he was back. The Bears and their talented defender had played a pretty solid game going into halftime leading 3-0, but came out in the second half and took his game up another notch. He made his presence felt immediately by early in the 3rd quarter forcing the Giants’ quarterback into an intentional grounding call in the end zone for a safety and to go on helping his team secure a 26-0 shutout victory over Kalamazoo Central.
“We started out a little bit slow and we do that as a team usually sometimes, but we ended up rallying and got Griffin Beaudette back in the second half able to give us some confidence. We came out guns blazing on defense, guns blazing and they gave us an opportunity with that fumbled snap. Got it down to the four and capitalize on it with a safety. I think that was a really big momentum shift in the game and provided an opportunity for us to get fired up again and get our energy back and we capitalized on it for the rest of our game.
That was my first game back after missing last season, so I had to get back in the flow of things, but when it comes down to it, going into the locker room 3-0 is a close game. It was too close for my liking. As a competitor being in my stadium, you got to step up at times like that. I was able to talk to my defense, got the calls worked out and diagnose what they were trying to do on defense with their signal calling and ended up piecing that together.”
The 6-3, 248-pounder was constantly in the backfield all game long causing havoc on the quarterback and making several plays sideline to sideline. After his impressive performance he talked to The Michigan Insider further about his play, bond with the Wolverines coaches, who he’s recruiting to join him and much more