Livonia — A battle of unbeaten Kensington Lakes Activities Association South Division rivals proved to be quite a one-sided affair as Livonia Churchill easily disposed of Plymouth 42-0 Friday night.
Churchill was led by running back Paul Romain, who had a night to remember, racking up 260 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
"I honestly didn't expect it. I knew they were gonna be a physical team," Romain said. "The linemen blocking, they were just opening holes."
"When he gets some space, he can break it wide open," Churchill coach Bill DeFilippo said.
Plymouth's opening drive looked promising. It converted a run for a first down on a fake field goal on fourth and 8, but the drive stalled when Churchill's Shakur Lockett intercepted a Deji Adebiyi pass on the 2-yard line.
That drive by Plymouth seemed to be their best chance to score, but Plymouth coach Mike Sawchuk wasn't blaming that for his team's performance.
"You can say woulda, coulda, shoulda all the time, we just didn't play well. I didn't have my kids ready and that's on me," he said. "No excuses, they kicked our tail."
Churchill (4-0, 2-0) used that momentum to get on the board first, thanks to a 73-yard touchdown run on third and 2 by Paul Romain.
He blew right past the line, found a hole and was gone, untouched after he reached midfield.
Churchill doubled its lead, taking advantage of great field position on its next drive, which started from the Plymouth 43-yard line and ended with another touchdown run by Romain, 11 yards this time with not even a minute gone in the second quarter.
Romain had 158 first-half rushing yards on nine carries.
The Plymouth offense, which had averaged 42 points in its first three contests, looked lost in first half, with three-and-outs on three of its next six possessions.
Two more Churchill first-half touchdowns came by way of quarterback and Eastern Michigan commit Brian Alsobrooks, who connected with Steve Szymanski on a 26-yard strike, and later on a 6-yard TD pass.
Szymanski finished with four catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Churchill went into the half with a commanding 28-0 lead.
Another touchdown run by Romain 1:35 into the second half made it 35-0 Churchill, resulting in a running clock early in the second half.
A Tyler Booker fumble recovery for Churchill just minutes later doomed Plymouth (3-1, 1-1) after it looked like it had something going right at the end of the third quarter.
Two plays later, Romain ran in his fourth touchdown, this one from 46 yards giving Churchill a 42-0 lead.
The run gave Romain 262 rushing yards on the night, as Churchill coasted through the rest of the game on its way to a shutout.
"For us to come out and dominate the game like this, I don't even know how to put it," DeFilippo. said. "I didn't expect this. We think we have a lot of talent and as long as we take care of our end of the deal, we don't really worry about the other guys."
Blake Meakin is a freelance writer.