Berkley — It's not typical of the series, but Birmingham Brother Rice rode the combination of Alex Malzone and Grant Perry to a 41-14 victory over rival Detroit Catholic Central Friday night in Catholic League Central Division play.
From the outset, it was obvious Malzone wanted to get the ball to Perry, hitting him in stride for 25 yards on the first play from scrimmage and hooking up on a 7-yard touchdown just four plays later.
Perry hauled in all three of Malzone's touchdown passes, with the third coming on a 49-yard strike that saw Malzone underthrow his wide-open receiver. Perry made up for the mistake, however, by juking past two defenders and earning his way in for the score.
"I got underthrown, but Malzone said sorry for that," Perry said. "When I caught the ball, I was just focused on getting to the end zone."
"Those guys are pretty special," Brother Rice coach Dave Sofran said of Malzone and Perry. "We've never had a connection like that. They continue to amaze me."
Malzone finished 18-for-25 passing with 276 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a score right before halftime to push the Brother Rice lead to 21-0.
Perry ended the game with 10 catches for 131 yards and the three scores.
The 27-point beatdown was the largest margin of victory for Brother Rice in the history of its rivalry with Catholic Central.
Brother Rice (4-0, 2-0) now leads the all-time series, 30-28-1.
Trailing 28-0 in the fourth quarter, Catholic Central (2-3, 0-1) finally got on the board when Joseph Fanning hit Michael Edwards for a 32-yard touchdown.
The pass was just Fanning's second completion of the game as he struggled to throw the ball for most of the night.
He finished 5-for-16 with 85 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, including a pick-six late in the fourth quarter that Bo Pickens returned 46 yards.
The vaunted run game for Catholic Central was kept in check, as well. They finished with 155 yards on the ground, but needed 37 carries and a couple of big plays by Alexander Bock to hit that mark.
Bock finished with 92 yards on five rushes.
"(The defense) came to play tonight," Sofran said. "I was worried about the run, but we were able to get some punts and get the ball back in our offense's hands."
Bobby Dixon III helped Brother Rice pick up some big first downs throughout the game, and he was rewarded when he finally got into the end zone in the fourth quarter from five yards out.
Dixon finished with 19 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Allen Park 39 , Taylor Kennedy 13: Manny Andrade had 16 carries for 155 yards and four touchdowns and had five tackles and an interception, Antonio Mangiapane had 70 passing yards and had seven carries for 58 yards and a rushing touchdown and Dylan Romo had six tackles and a sack for Allen Park (4-1). Kennedy is 0-4.
Birmingham Groves 62, Hazel Park 0: Zach VanFaussien was 4-of-6 for 94 yards and three touchdowns, Cedric Boswell had four carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns, Courtland Heard had four carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns, and Dylan Sutton had five carries for 48 yards and a touchdown for Groves (5-0, 4-0 OAA Blue). On defense, Samaad Ali had nine tackles. Jayleen Adams had 15 carries for 55 yards, and Destin Hollis had three tackles for Hazel Park (0-5, 0-4).
Canton 22, Westland John Glenn 21: Brendan Wetmore was 3-of-6 for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and Jaron Flournoy had one catch for 49 yards and a touchdown for John Glenn (3-2, 1-2).
Clawson 45, Warren Lincoln 20: Donovan Holt had 13 carries for 101 yards, a kick return for a touchdown, and an interception return for a touchdown, and Matt Laanstra had 12 tackles for Clawson (3-2, 3-0 MAC Bronze). Lincoln is 0-5, 0-3.
Dearborn Fordson 35, Dearborn 0: Muhammed Zahr was 15-for-21 for 228 yards and a touchdown, and Jamil Sabbagh had 71 yards rushing with three touchdowns for Fordson (5-0).
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 48, Garden City 21: Taraivon Clayton had three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown, an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown, and a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Robichaud (5-0). Michael Carter added 14 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. Garden City is 3-2.
Detroit Cesar Chavez 32, Dearborn Heights Star International 28: Marcus Lester was 33-for-67 for 572 yards and two touchdowns, Nick Bryant had seven catches for 193 yards and a touchdown, and Ray Gonzalez had seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown for Cesar Chavez (2-3, 2-0 Independent). Star International is 2-3, 1-1.
Detroit Cody 24, Detroit Henry Ford 0: Javonte Ball had 18 carries for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and Rodney Graves had five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown for Cody (3-2, 3-1 PSL).
Detroit Consortium 48, Harper Woods 8: Trezz Hall was 18-for-27 for 300 yards and three touchdowns, Leon Moore had 12 carries for 240 yards and a touchdown, and Desmond Clover had 10 carries for 295 yards and three touchdowns for Consortium (2-3). Amonte Bournes caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Naylan Johnson for Harper Woods.
Detroit East English 68, Detroit Southeastern 0: Charles Jones had eight carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, and Brian Rivers and Kamahl March each had a touchdown for East English (4-1, 4-0 PSL). On defense, Michael Spencer had nine tackles and two sacks.
Detroit Northwestern 49, Detroit Western 46: Danny Whitt was 10-for-13 with 206 yards and three touchdowns, John Dozier had five catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns, and Chris Dennis had 13 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns for Northwestern (2-3, 1-3 PSL).
Detroit Old Redford 55, Romulus Summit Academy 6: Sheldon Smith was 6-for-8 with 140 yards and two touchdowns, Malachi Mosley was 5-for-6 with 146 yards and two touchdowns, Chiam Austin had nine carries for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and Tyranz Oldham had five catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns for Redford (3-2).
Detroit Osborn 26, Detroit Frederick Douglass 14: Dajon Watson was 4-for-8 with 250 yards and three touchdowns, Shayshonne Bonner had three catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns, and Dmanta Starks had six carries for 120 yards and a touchdown for Osborn (2-3, 2-2 PSL). On defense, Dejon Johnson had 11 tackles and two forced fumbles.
Detroit Pershing 48, Detroit CMA 0: Detwan Whitehead was 12-for-17 with 200 yards and two touchdowns, and Kmario Jones had seven tackles and two sacks for Pershing (3-2, 0-2 PSL).
Detroit Renaissance 20, Detroit Central 12: Mark Wilson had two catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns, and Dwight Harvey Jr. had 13 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown for Renaissance (3-2, 3-1 PSL). Darius Lynum had 112 passing yards, and Lamon Moore had a 20-yard interception return for Central (2-3).
Grosse Pointe North 22, Grosse Pointe South 20: DanRobinson was 3-of-9 for 60 yards, and had 11 carries for 54 yards, and Latorris Greer had 21 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns for North (3-2). Sam Blanzy threw three touchdowns for South (2-3).
Farmington 56, Pontiac 16: Kyle Brunson and Josh Watson each had two touchdowns for Farmington (4-1). Pontiac is 1-4.
Fraser 42, Anchor Bay 25: Marcus Bowers had 10 tackles and one sack and Luke Wartchol had 24 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns for Fraser (2-3).
Livonia Churchill 47, Wayne Memorial 12: Paul Romain had 15 carries for 141 yards and four touchdowns, Brian Alsobrooks had a touchdown and a 35-yard field goal for Churchill (5-0). Memorial is now 0-5.
Marysville 23, Warren Fitzgerald 12: Aubrey Gulley had 15 tackles and a sack and Stephen Gregerson was 14-for-25 with 126 yards and one touchdown for Fitzgerald (3-2).
Mount Clemens 45, Madison Heights Lamphere 38: Darian Greeley had 11 carries for 163 yards and a touchdown and Noah O'Brien had nine carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns for Mount Clemens (2-3).
New Boston Huron 24, Riverview 20: Matthew Hartwick was 6-for-10 with 77 yards and had 16 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown for Huron (4-1). Drew Kroll was 18-for-28 with 180 yards and two touchdowns for Riverview (4-1).
North Farmington 35, Royal Oak 7: Erik Mixon had 16 carries for 117 yards, Mason Cornell had nine carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, and Kyle Penny was 6-for-9 with 98 yards and three touchdowns for North Farmington (3-2). Royal Oak is 0-5.
Novi 49, South Lyon East 21: Matt Sabo had 21 carries for 230 yards and three touchdowns and Emmanuel Jackson had 242 all-purpose yards and four total touchdowns for Novi (2-3).
Oak Park 34, Rochester Adams 10: John Kelly had 194 rushing yards and two touchdowns and Demarius Jones two rushing touchdowns for Oak Park (4-1).
Orchard Lake St. Mary's 14, Warren De La Salle 10: Brendan Tabone was 12-for-27 with 144 yards and a touchdown for St. Mary's (5-0). De La Salle is 3-2.
Plymouth 28, Livonia Franklin 7: Anthony Kenney had 12 rushes for 103 yards and a touchdown, and Cameron Stella had 12 carries for 100 yards for Plymouth (4-1, 2-1). Denzel Adams threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Charles Keith for Franklin (0-5, 0-3).
Redford Thurston 34, Dearborn Edsel Ford 13: Laymon Giddings-Whatley had 15 carries for 234 yards and two touchdowns and had a 31-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown for Thurston (2-3).
River Rouge 54, Detroit Community 0: Jawan Kemp had a rushing and receiving touchdown and Daquan Butler and Richie Pearson each had an interception for River Rouge (4-1).
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 9, Troy 0: Jack Allen was 9-for-13 with 145 yards, Andrew Price had three catches for 110 yards, and Joe Platz had 11 tackles for Stoney Creek (3-2). Troy is 0-5.
South Lyon 31, Livonia Stevenson 7: Anton Skupin was 7-for-15 with 66 yards and two touchdowns, and Trevor Tank had 15 rushes for 124 yards and a touchdown for South Lyon (5-0).
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 28, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 27: Caleb Stump had 13 carries for 102 yards, and was 9-for-15 with 115 yards and two touchdowns, Ryan Moy had 16 tackles, and Zack Brush had 11 tackles for Lakeview (2-3).
Sterling Heights Stevenson 42, Macome L'Anse Creuse North 0: Frank D'Ascenzo had 16 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown, Nick Turner had 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, Jared Cutlip had two touchdowns, and Greg McDade had four carries for 106 yards and a touchdown for Stevenson (4-1). North is 2-3.
Utica 7, Warren Cousino 3: Kumehnnu Gwilly had 29 carries for 224 yards and a touchdown and Dylan Bemo had eight tackles and two sacks for Utica (2-3). Cousino is 2-3.
Birmingham Roeper 5, Plymouth Christian Academy 3: Diamond Reonnecke scored four goals for Roeper (12-1, 9-1 MIAC). Jake Flynn added a goal and an assist.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood def. Detroit Country Day 24-26, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 16-14: Margaret Payne had 39 kills, 15 digs, and six aces, Rachel Deradoorian had 21 digs, and Jordan Faulkner had 10 kills and three blocks for Cranbrook (7-8).