The regular season is over. Some coaches are putting away their equipment and sending off the helmets to be reconditioned, others are putting the final touches on their game plan going into the first week of the playoffs. To all the teams that made the playoffs, congratulations, and to everyone else, work hard this offseason and get ready for basketball/wrestling/hockey/bowling/skiing or at least stay in shape. Round is not the shape Iâ€™m talking about either!!!!!
Brother Rice 45 Orchard Lake St. Maryâ€™s 15
Payback is a brat. Brother Rice had all aspects of their game going. Caulton Ray rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns while quarterback Andrew Lentz had two touchdowns and 140 yards through the air. This was the 13th Catholic League Championship for Brother Rice. BBR plays Rochester Hills Stoney Creek at home on Saturday, 7pm. Orchard Lake St. Maryâ€™s plays Detroit Renaissance at home, 2:30 Saturday.
Detroit King 28 Detroit Denby 11
The game was a lot closer than the score tells us. It was 13-11 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but an interception caused by a vicious hit was returned for a touchdown. That put the game on ice, more or less. Darrin Williams scored three rushing touchdowns, which were the rest of the points. Detroit King finished the season 9-0 and will take on Gross Pointe North, at home, 4pm Saturday afternoon. Denby ended the season 6-3 with two of the losses coming at the hands of King. They will take on Detroit Osborn at home, Friday afternoon, 4pm.
Detroit Northwestern 13 Detroit Osborn 12
Oh baby! I love close games! Osborn was up 6-0 when Eric Evans returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown and the lead. Deandre James scored the other touchdown for Northwestern. Osborn stormed back and scored with 15 seconds left in regulation. It was then that Northwesternâ€™s defense came through and stopped their two point conversion and secured the win. Northwestern is at home versus Ferndale on Saturday afternoon, 4pm. Like I mentioned above, Osborn will travel to Detroit King on Friday, 4pm.
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 21 Allen Park Cabrini 19
We had another close game down in Detroit for the Catholic League Intersectional Championship. Both teams scored with less than five minutes remaining with PNDP scoring first. Cabrini had their chance and scored with a little over two minutes remaining. Notre Dame Prep stopped their two point conversion attempt and the onside kick attempt to secure the victory. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, the two time Catholic League Intersectional Champions will be at home to take on Detroit Crockett Saturday Night, 7pm. Allen Park Cabrini will play at home versus Detroit Loyola Saturday at 4pm.
Clinton 21 Morenci 20
When a conference championship is on the line, boys have to â€œman upâ€ and do what it takes. Thatâ€™s exactly what Clinton did on Friday night. There was a little over two minutes left when Clinton got the ball, and they went over 75 yards to score and take the victory. Clinton will travel to Monroe to take on Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Friday night at 7. Morenci will play at 7pm as well, but at Reading.
Cedarville 14 Iron Mountain North Dickinson 12
It was a great homecoming for Cedarville, if you love rain in late October. Two extra point conversions were the margin of victory for Cedarville. IMND went for a two point conversion late in the game, but were denied and Cedarville ran out the clock from there. Cedarville had a big play in each half, a 47 yard touchdown and a 60 yard touchdown respectively, and took the Mid Eastern title. Cedarville and Iron Mountain North Dickinson wonâ€™t have to wait long for a rematch; they play at 7pm Friday night back at Cedarville.
Jackson Lumen Christi 20 Battle Creek Harper Creek 0
The Titans of Jackson Lumen Christi won the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division in their first season playing in that division. Even with their quarterback injured and out in the first quarter, sophomore quarterback Conor Sullivan stepped in and helped lead the squad to a victory. This game came down to fourth and inches multiple times but Jackson came out with the victory. Jackson Lumen Christi will take on Hopkins at Jackson High School Friday night, 7pm. Battle Creek Harper Creek will travel to Lansing Sexton Friday night for a 7pm kickoff.
Richland Gull Lake 28 Comstock 14
â€œThe Blanketâ€ as the defensive backfield refers to themselves as, took control and helped their team to a share of the Wolverine B Conference Championship. Dan Hocker had two interceptions (which put him at 13 on the season), a fumble recovery, and three touchdown receptions. Comstock had seven turnovers on the night and thatâ€™s a big mountain to overcome, especially when three of the turnovers are inside your own 20 yard line. Richland Gull Lake will be at home 7pm Friday to take on Hastings. Comstock will travel to Coloma for a 7pm Friday game.
Saginaw Arthur Hill 28 Saginaw High 20
This was a close game. It was back and forth all night. I braved the periodic sideways rain showers (thanks to my wife for the raingear for my birthday!) to watch a fantastic game. It really came down to the team that was more disciplined, and that was Arthur Hill. I felt bad for some of the seniors on the team, as they were visibly upset after the game. Thatâ€™s football though. Arthur Hill captured a share of the four way tie for the Saginaw Valley League title. Junior Mike Green (Iâ€™ve heard he might be looking at Michigan State) caught the ball well and Seniors Melvin Leaphart & Will Marlow (another possible MSU guy) both ran the ball well. They couldnâ€™t keep up with running back Jerrell Wilson and quarterback Mike Shaaf. I met both of these guyâ€™s fathers at the game and Mr. Wilson told me that Jerrell is being recruited by many Big Ten teams, including Penn State. The Lumberjacks will take on Midland High Friday night, 7pm. Saginaw High has turned in their equipment. Will Marlow and Mike Green will be turning in footballs for basketballs and looking to defend their Class A State Championship. Mike started that game last season as a sophomore. Arthur Hill was the 2006 Class A State Champions.