Detroit — In what can really only be described as the ultimate revenge, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s thumped Warren De La Salle, 38-0, in the Catholic League A-B Prep Bowl Saturday night at Ford Field.
St. Mary’s (7-1) was dealt its only loss of the season in a 31-8 drubbing at the hands of De La Salle in late September.
“They beat the heck out of us that night, and that’s just the way it was,” St. Mary’s coach George Porritt said. “We had to go back to the drawing board.”
The drawing board apparently involved getting the ball to KJ Hamler on the outside, as the receiver had a game to remember.
On the game’s opening drive, quarterback Brandon Tabone found Hamler for 44 yards to set up a 20-yard field goal from John Kwiecinski. On the next drive, it was a 38-yard connction with his star wideout that set up a Brandon Adams 1-yard touchdown.
Hamler and Tabone connected five times for 176 yards and two touchdowns, including a 43-yard strike late in the second quarter that put St. Mary’s up 17-0 by halftime.
They weren’t done. Tabone found Hamler again for a 42-yard score in the third quarter that essentially put the game out of reach at 24-0.
“KJ’s such a great receiver,” Tabone said. “We had a great week of practice, and our coaches had a great game plan to get him open.”
Adams rushed for his second touchdown of the night to make it 31-0 early in the fourth quarter, and Ryan Johnson scored from 29 yards out to cap the blowout.
De La Salle (6-3) was left wondering what happened to its vaunted running game, as it racked up 312 yards on the ground in its first meeting with St. Mary’s. This time it managed just 36 rushing yards, and was held to minus-4 yards on the ground in the second half.
Quarterback Josh Wilk managed just 42 yards on 7-for-16 passing and was pulled late in the third quarter.
In contrast, Tabone finished 8-for-11 for 218 yards and two touchdowns, though he did throw two interceptions.
Heading into the MHSAA playoffs, these two defending state champions (De La Salle-Division 2, St. Mary’s-Division 3) appear to be heading in different directions.
“The defense has been outstanding the past couple outings,” Porritt said. “We’re doing all the right things, and we’ve been playing well.”
De La Salle has lost its last two its last two games after a six-game winning streak.
C-D Prep Bowl
Chris Cartier ran for three touchdowns and 285 yards on 16 carries to lead Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes to a 49-21 win over Riverview Gabriel Richard in the Catholic League C-D Prep Bowl championship game.
Ryan Kostich rushed for two scores, and Hunter Hilton added one for Lakes (9-0).
Josh Blaszczak had a 40-yard reception and a 2-yard run for touchdowns for Richard (6-3).
AA Prep Bowl
Detroit Loyola captured the Catholic League AA Prep Bowl title with its second rout this season of division rival Pontiac Notre Dame Prep in a resounding 40-10 win.
Nick Lee, D’Anthony Robinson, and Blaine Woodland rushed for two touchdowns each for Loyola (7-2).
Notre Dame (7-2) will enter the state playoffs with a pair of losses to Loyola the only blemishes on its record after a 42-17 defeat earlier in the season.
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer.