Monday, September 22, 2008

WEEK 4: Detroit CC vs. Brother Rice

**Michael Kinville**
**Kevonte Martin**
**C.C.'s Anthony Capatina**
**Frankie Popp tries to break a tackle**

Southfield- It was everything you expected...and more, when these two perennial powerhouses locked horns Saturday night.

Brother Rice got on the board first with Ryan Kelly's 42 yard field goal with 5:40 left in the first quarter. But then CC took control of the game and the score board with their aggressive play in trenches. On the Shamrocks next drive they gambled twice on fourth downs and were successful. The gambles paid off as Anthony Capatina hit the corner and was able to score from 16 yards out and give the Shamrocks a 7-3 lead.

Next the Shamrocks went to the air to build a 14-3 lead. First Sam Landry hooked up with Steve Harding for 37 yards then Capatina found John Jakubik on a half-back pass for a 36 yard touchdown.

Brother Rice was able find paydirt on their final drive of the first half when Frankie Popp's hit Nate Saldivar-Garcia for a 10 yard TD pass to make the halftime score 14-10.

Catholic Central stretched their lead to 21-10 on a 10 yard run from Justin Cherocci and to 24-10 on a 27 yard field goal with 6:08 left in the fourth quarter. Both scores came courtesy of turnovers.

With time running out it looked like CC had pulled out the "W" but then Brother Rice awakened. Rice calmly drove the ball down field and Popp hit Kevonte Martin on a 10 pass for a touchdown to make the score 24-17 with 4:35 to play. The Warrior defense then forced a 3-and-out, forcing CC to punt. Danny Henneghan returned the punt 45 yards and tacked on a late hit penalty to give the Warriors the ball inside the 10 yard line. Two plays late Popp found Mark Makoski on a slant route to tie the game at 24-24 with 2:45 to play.

The Shamrocks received the kick-off and seemed content to play for overtime but Brother Rice forced a punt with a minute to play. The Warriors smoothly drove down field using first downs and spiked balls to stop the clock. With 2 seconds left the Warriors sent out the field goal unit to attempt a 50 yard field goal by Kelly, Kelly hit the game winner with no problem.


BR- give the Warriors credit because they never gave up and kept on fighting. What makes this win even more creditable is that they pulled it off without 2 key players, both Shaquille Marshall (FB) and Shamari Benton (S) were knocked out of the game in the first half.

CC- this is a tough one to swallow but CC proved that even though they are young, they are contenders for another state title. They did get a little conservative in the second half and should of stayed with the aggressive play calling that helped them build a 24-10 lead.

GAME MVP- Ryan Kelly, BR who else would it be? Kelly started the BR scoring and ended it with the 50 yard bomb. He walked on the field and went through his routine like there was no pressure on him.

Frankie Popp, BR- the senior QB did a good job keeping his composure on his final two drives. He sat in the pocket and calmly delivered the ball to a handful of different receivers.

Nate Saldivar-Garcia, BR- the junior receiver was left open as CC tried to contain Martin, but Saldivar made them pay. He finished with 5 catches and a TD grab.

Michael Kinville, CC- the 6-3/215 pound junior is tough as nails. He's a rock at middle linebacker but has some bounce to his game at tight end. He made big time plays on both sides of the ball.

Justin Cherocci, CC- another junior that is a tough nosed football player and goes 6-0/200 pounds. Cherocci is a reliable linebacker but stands out at fullback. He does a heck of a job paving the way for his tailbacks.

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