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Northville — Livonia Churchill played like a top-10 state power in the opening half Thursday night, scoring on its first three possessions and going on to earn a 34-14 rout of Northville in a Kensington Lakes Activities Association Gold Division game.

Churchill junior quarterback Drew Alsobrooks was outstanding, especially in the first quarter, showing his ability as a dual-threat left-handed quarterback.

Alsobrook threw for 180 yards on 10-of-15 passing and ran for 92 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns.

“We played a great first half and kind of gritted it out in the second half,” Churchill coach Bill DeFillippo said.

Alsobrooks found Martell Dooley for a 10-yard gain on Churchill’s first play from scrimmage, then beat Northville at its own game when his third down option pitch to Darrell Mason went for a 24-yard gain. Mason’s run was followed by a 29-yard scamper by Tyreese Williams to Northville’s 1-yard line set up Michael Parrish’s touchdown run.

Then, Alsobrooks connected on three of four passes on the next drive for 52 yards to set up his own 2-yard rushing score for a 14-0 cushion.

Alsobrooks had more left in the tank in the opening quarter, bursting up the middle on a quarterback keeper for a 49-yard touchdown run to open up a 21-0 lead with 1:13 left.

“It felt great. I had a huge hole,” Alsobrooks said. “My right guard and right tackle and fullback did a great job of blocking and I was able to make space and make a play.”

It was total dominance by Churchill (2-0, 1-0), stuffing Northville’s option attack while quarterback Jonathan Michalak failed to convert on his third down passes.

Churchill outgained Northville (1-1, 0-1) by a 192-21 margin during the 21-0 spurt, getting off just four more plays (16-12) with Alsobrooks accounting for 123 (72 passing, 51 yards).

Northville had a chance to get on the board early in the second, advancing to Churchill’s 28 before Alregio Sanders sacked Michalak, forcing a fumble with Churchill’s Immanuel Ruttenburg pouncing on the loose ball.

Churchill didn’t score, but it did after Jake Moody’s 55-yard field goal was wide right midway through the second.

Alsobrooks then connected on all three of his passes for 58 yards, including a 25-yard toss to Avery Grenier in the left flat on a third-and-2 to set up a first-and-goal at the 10. Grenier cashed in with a 6-yard touchdown run to open up a 28-0 lead with 3:50 left in a half where Churchill held a 297-96 edge in yards.

Moody misfired on a 55-yard field goal after making a 57-yarder in the season-opening 44-14 victory over Dearborn, but he did get off a 59-yard punt in the third quarter.

Northville got on the board on Abe Khoury’s 7-yard run with 1:48 left in the third to cut the deficit to 28-7.

And Northville had the chance to get closer after stopping Churchill and getting the ball back at its own 49, but fumbled and Churchill’s Joel Forgacs recovered at the Northville 46 early in the fourth.

Alsobrooks made sure Churchill would take advantage of the turnover, breaking loose for 18 yards to the 28 on a third-and-10 play, then scoring on an 8-yard run for a 34-7 lead with 8:29 remaining.

“We played so well today and I’m so proud of my team,” Alsobrooks said.

Northville closed out the scoring with Michalak’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Ben Schmidt with 3:42 left.

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