Detroit — After a lengthy stretch of heartache, it was time to get back on the field Thursday night for Clintown Township Chippewa Valley.
And, Chippewa Valley made the most of it, winning the back and forth struggle over Lake Orion, 35-28, in the headline game of the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State.
Chippewa Valley quarterback Patrick Briningstool scored a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal with 3 minutes 37 seconds left in the game, breaking a tie. Kicker Dane Haggarty’s fifth extra point gave it a 35-28 lead.
On the next series, defensive back Stanley Williams recovered a fumble on the Lake Orion 26-yard line, and Chippewa Valley ran out the clock.
“I never count out our defense,” said Briningstool, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for one, but watched his defense come up with the game’s biggest play. “I go up against them every day in practice and I feel they’re the best defense in the state. We were counting on them to make the big play.”
Chippewa Valley entered the season mourning the deaths of three players the last 18 months, the most recent this summer.
Duncan Blair, 17, would have been a starting outside linebacker. He died after he lost control of his off-road vehicle and struck a tree in Oscoda County.
Just returning to the field and playing a game was a return to normalcy for Chippewa Valley.
“It feels real good,” Briningstool said. “We get reminded about it every day. There has been a lot that has happened to us, but we’re bouncing back and good stuff will happen to us if we keep playing football and be with our brothers.”
Said Chippewa Valley coach Scott Merchant: “These kids, they’ve had to experience a lot that most kids don’t have to experience when they’re 15, 16 years old. For them to focus and stay with it when things aren’t going well, I’m real proud of them. Football is now the only distraction we have. We keep battling. That’s why I got emotional in the end.”
Both teams have explosive offenses and they displayed them in the second half.
Lake Orion quarterback Cade Prieskorn’s third touchdown pass and second to Jaylen Wiggins tied the game 28-28 at 7:05 of the fourth quarter. He found Wiggins in the corner of the end zone from 9 yards.
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Trenton 37, Southgate 0: Quarterback Patrick Czarnecki ran for a 1-yard touchdown, and threw scoring passes to Kyle Slaughter (6 yards) and Jaylin Jordan (11 yards) for Trenton. Carl Olds added a 4-yard touchdown run, and Dylan Pasquali returned an interception 8 yards for a touchdown for Trenton, which also scored on a safety.
Birmingham Groves 24, Birmingham Seaholm 8: Cedric Boswell had 23 carries for 99 yards and Earnest Allen had eight carries for 49 yards and three touchdowns for Groves.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 27, Madison Heights Lamphere 6: Tyler Santangelo finished 25-for-35 for 166 yards amd two touchdowns for Cranbrook. Nate Lowmiller caught seven of those passes for both touchdowns and added an interception on defense.
Brighton 17, Novi 0: Joe Clifford ran 23 times for 153 yards and a touchdown, and Grant Dunatchik was 13-for-21 for 186 yards for Brighton.
Clinton Township Clintondale 22, Warren Lincoln 0: Davahn Lewis had six carries for 106 yards and a touchdown, and Andre Merriweather had seven tackles and one sack for Clintondale.
Detroit Denby 38, Detroit Douglass 0: Adonte Calhoun rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns, Demetrius Washington ran for two more touchdowns. Jakhal Thompson had a 30-yard touchdown reception from William Goodwin, and Cornelius Stevenson scored on a 65-yard kickoff return.
Detroit Northwestern 6, Detroit Old Redford 0: Chris Dennis had 105 rushing yards on 15 carries, Danny Witt was 9-for-16 for 125 yards and a touchdown and Delvon Well had 11 tackles for Northwestern.
Detroit Pershing 41, Detroit Community 0: Omar Twilley had 225 yards rushing, four touchdowns and an interception, Nyassinu Crowell rushed for 125 yards and two scores, Demari Morgan had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown, and Jessie Johnson had eight solo tackles and a forced fumble for Pershing.
Detroit Renaissance 22, Lansing Sexton 14: Deshawn Williams recovered a fumble and took it 77 yards for a touchdown, and Mark Wilson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jason Johnson, who also ran for a 4-yard score.
Farmington 39, Royal Oak 25: Kyle Brunson had 19 carries for 149 yards and three touchdowns, and JDrew McGovern was 7-of-15 and threw two touchdown passes for Farmington. Brendan Berrer had a 9-yard touchdown reception and scored on a 40-yard interception return for Royal Oak.
Grosse Pointe South 7, Detroit Mumford 0: David Burnett scored on a 36-yard interception return with six minutes left, Mac Cimmarrusti had nine tackles, including one for a loss, and Andrew Trost had six tackles and two interceptions for South.
North Farmington 36, Pontiac 0: Adam Dunning carried 15 times for 135 yards and three touchdowns, and Nathan Penny carried 13 times for 133 yards and one touchdown.
St. Clair Shores South Lake 60, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 26: Tyler Maize rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, Jalen Williams added 16 carries for 114 yards and a score, Jerrod Vines had 210 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and Anthony Morgan had two interceptions and one touchdown for South Lake.
Utica Eisenhower 38, Plymouth 24: Joe Mets had 17 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown, Max Wittwer was 9-of-23 for 160 yards, Kadari Johnson had five catches for 79 yards and ran 43 yards for a touchdown, and Jack Provencher had three catches for 73 yards and two scores for Eisenhower. Chris Walls had a 40-yard interception return for a score and Darius Timmons scored on a 1-yard run for Plymouth.
Warren Cousino 43, Warren Woods-Tower 6: Joe Servitto had a 44-yard touchdown run and a 21-yard interception return, a fumble recovery and nine tackles on defense; Karry Debose ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns and Ben Malzak threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns for Cousino.
Birmingham Roeper 5, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 2: Simon Roennecke had four goals and an assist for Roeper. Ben Goldberg scored the other goal for Roeper.
Detroit News staff contributed to this report.