Saginaw- It was a tougher opponent for Nouvel, as the Panthers played the first of three Detroit Catholic League teams on their schedule, but it was the same old results at Nouvel took care of business with a 20-7 victory at home to stay undefeated at 4-0.
Nouvel got on the score board first with a 20 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Henris to Sam Herbert on the game's opening drive. Divine Child was able to tie the game up on their second possession when Mike Childs broke loose from 45 yards out. Childs was hit at the line of scrimmage but was able to shake off four would be tacklers on his way to the endzone.
For the remainder of the second half it was the defenses that flexed their muscle as neither team was able to muster much out of their running games. The score stay tied at 7-7 heading in halftime.
The play of game came on a 4th-and-5 play midway through the third quarter when Nouvel went for it and a pass fell incomplete but a pass interference penalty was called on the Falcons giving the Panthers new life. Two plays later Ryan Miller ran a draw play up the gut for a 16 yard score giving Nouvel a 14-7 lead.
From there it was Nouvel's defense that took the game over. On the ensuing play Divine Child dropped back for a pass but the defensive line was able to tip the ball and linebacker Josh Fallon made a spectacular dive for the interception.
Nouvel's defense forced another key turnover in the third quarter when Fallon stripped Childs and teammate Garret Roe recovered the fumble. Nouvel used the second turnover to cash in on the game's final score with a 12 yard TD pass from Henris to Murphy Wilson. The extra point was blocked making the score 20-7.
In the fourth quarter Nouvel played keep away while the Falcons lost their cool. Nouvel used their run game to control possession while Divine Child collected a handful of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to end any chance of a comeback.
Nouvel- the Panthers got a little impatient in the first half when they couldn't move the ball like they are used to. Nouvel had trouble running the ball but their air attack bailed them out. Nouvel has a consistent receiving core with about four receivers that can make the tough grab. But in the end it was the Panther defense that took the game over. Nouvel's front 7 completely took away the Falcon run game in the second half and that was the difference in the game.
Divine Child- the Falcons could never get in any kind of rhythm. They made some solid plays on both sides of the ball but would follow that up with a penalty and Nouvel is too good of a football team for that.
GAME MVP- Josh Fallon the senior captain took the game over in the second half from his middle linebacker position. Fallon forced a fumble and made a heck of a play on his interception but more importantly he was all over the Falcon running backs, giving them nowhere to run.
Ryan Henris, Nouvel- the 5-9 and 145 pound QB is small but he's a football player. Divine Child kept him against the ropes but he never panicked and just moved around to by himself enough time to make a play.
Jon Ludka, Nouvel- Ludka has some nice bounce in his step and did a solid job fielding punts and kick offs. He was even better at his safety position and did a nice job taking away the Falcon's 6-4 receiver.
Sean Frank, Divine Child- a 6-4 tight end that can get down field. He is Divine Child's biggest offensive threat and the Falcons should of found a way to get him more touches.