Novi — Friday night was a coming out party for Detroit Catholic Central sophomore quarterback Theo Day.
After trailing Muskegon 12-0 heading into halftime of its heavyweight clash and its vaunted ground-and-pound run game virtually non-existent, C.C. coach Tom Mach opened the playbook in the second half.
And Day responded in his first start, throwing for 137 yards and two touchdowns as C.C. rallied and used a last-minute stand to stun Muskegon, 15-12, in a rematch of last year’s season opener.
C.C.’s comeback began in the third quarter when Day hit a wide-open Alex Bock over the middle on a fourth-and-10. Bock turned and ran in untouched for a 28-yard score to cut it to 12-7 with 8:27 left. C.C. kept scrapping as Day continued to make plays. On a third-and-goal from the Muskegon 10, Day rolled out and tiptoed the right sideline before threading the needle to Michael Edwards in the back of the end zone. Day then found Bock in the flat to convert the two-point conversion and give C.C. a 15-12 lead with 11:52 remaining.
But Muskegon tried a comeback of its own late in the fourth. After getting the ball back at its 41 with 2:11 left, it drove to the C.C. 7 with under 20 seconds remaining and nearly took the lead as quarterback Kalil Pimpleton hit a receiver in the back corner of the end zone, but the ball was caught out of bounds.
Then with one second left, Muskegon lined up for the tying field goal but missed wide left.
Jared Pittman rumbled up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown to put Muskegon up 6-0 with 3:29 left in the first.
From that point on, it was all about defense. Muskegon limited C.C. to one first down and 11 yards of total offense in the first half while racking up seven tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks.
C.C.’s defense bounced back, forcing three consecutive three-and-outs after surrendering the early score.
In the waning seconds before halftime, Muskegon’s P.P. Copeland caught a pass in the flat and took it 45 yards to the C.C. 1. But a holding penalty wiped out the gain and three plays later, Matthew Young came up with C.C.’s second interception to end the half.
Muskegon extended its lead on its first possession of the second half when Jacorey Sullivan caught a pass over the middle, broke away from one CC defender and stiff-armed another while racing in for a 76-yard score, making it 12-0 with 9:28 left in the third.
Allen Park 54, Taylor Kennedy 0: Ryan Fish ran for 74 yards and three touchdowns to lead Allen Park in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Adams Field. Fish also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Antonio Mangiapane.
Clawson 35, Armada 34 (OT): Kourtney Manley was 13-of-25 for 188 passing yards and two touchdowns, Cam Jones had 24 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns and Colin McKnight picked up his teammate’s fumble in overtime and ran it for the winning score for Clawson.
Detroit Allen Academy 12, Detroit Southeastern 6: Santangho Reynolds had 13 rushes for 95 yards, Darrius Adkins had two catches for 75 yards as well as a crucial 65-yard punt return touchdown for Allen.
Detroit Consortium 22, Detroit Henry Ford 20 (OT): Luster Johnson had two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and had a 61-yard touchdown reception and one forced fumble and Desmend Glover had 17 carries for 142 yards and one touchdown for Consortium.
Detroit Osborn 44, Windsor E.J. Lajeunesse 6: Juan Thomas ran 20 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns, Ortez Coleman had 10 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown and Anton Brown returned an interception for a touchdown for Osborn.
Detroit Western 28, Detroit Central 0: K’lari Sweeney completed 8-of-14 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for another. Kareem Ray ran the ball 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown, and Jaye Patrick caught six passes for 85 yards and a score for Western.
Garden City 36, Ferndale 22: John Giangrande had 89 yards rushing and a touchdown and Cameron Walter had 30 yards receiving for Garden City.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 44, Detroit Edison Academy 12: Connor McCarron threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns, Tommy Jackson had 165 receiving yards and three touchdowns and Brady McCarron had 10 tackles for University Liggett.
Livonia Stevenson 49, Livonia Franklin 39: Gino D’Agostino had six catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns and a 79-yard punt return for a score. Austin Petrie had 12 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Tanderys was 9-for-15 for 186 yards and two touchdowns for Stevenson.
Macomb Lutheran North 34, Livonia Clarenceville 23: Mitchell Visbara made 14 tackles and accounted for 150 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and Charles Kruse completed 15 of 23 passes for 216 yards and two TDs and rushed for a third for Lutheran North.
River Rouge 41, Romulus 12: Quarterback Antoine Burgess threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Lenell Martin rushed for a touchdown and Eric Chenault made eight solo tackles and deflected two passes for River Rouge. Quarterback Sevann Williams had 121 combined yards and DeVon Mines made seven tackles, including two sacks, for Romulus.
Riverview 41, Ecorse 0: Eric Gant rushed the ball 11 times for 91 yards and a touchdown, Tyler Chase ran for two touchdowns and Brian Gubbini caught a TD pass for Riverview.
Southfield Bradford 48, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 6: Lorenzo Hampton caught two touchdown passes, George Sadler had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown, Thomas Hurt had a 40-yard touchdown run and Travious Dunning had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, for Bradford.
Southfield-Lathrup 21, Detroit University Prep 6: Sterling Alexander ran seven times for 54 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown, Keith Powe ran one in from 1 yard out and Evan Curley caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Veasley for Lathrup.
Utica 41, Fraser 31: Kumehnnu Gwilly had 27 carries for 397 yards and six touchdowns for Utica. Luke Warchol ran 21 times for 121 yards and Ian Casey was 8-of-16 for 171 yards and two touchdowns for Fraser.
Warren Fitzgerald 48, Hazel Park 12: Najon Moore had 22 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gregerson had five carries for 57 yards and a touchdown and was 7-for-10 for 87 yards and a touchdown for Fitzgerald.
James Hawkins is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.