Goricki: Defense fuels Allen Park’s perfect start

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Tom Danosky is off to an impressive start.

Since taking over for Tom Hoover at Allen Park, Danosky is 3-0 and ranked No. 10 in The Detroit News’ Super 20.

And, it’s not just that Allen Park is winning — it’s how.

Allen Park has three shutouts, including a 38-0 decision of Downriver League power Wyandotte in Week 2. Allen Park has outscored opponents 124-0.

“We’ve had great senior leadership and it seems like everybody’s contributing,” said Danosky, who played for Hoover in 1996 before joining his staff in 2002. “We’re really happy with how the kids are playing.

“We had nine starters back on defense from a year ago, so I knew we’d be good. Our defensive staff does a phenomenal job of getting them ready and they’ve really bought into doing their jobs.”

The defense is led by 6-foot-2, 195-pound end Alex Hinojosa, safety Tyler Beachnau and linebackers Tyler Marsee and Rajee Ledesma.

“He’s a bear man, tough to block one-on-one and on pass downs he’ll bring it,” Danosky said of Hinojosa. “He makes everyone around him better.”

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Offensively, Antonio Mangiapane has completed 70 percent of his passes for 435 yards and five touchdowns. He has three rushing touchdowns.

“Three-and-0 is no surprise with all of these experienced players,” Hoover said. “The defense has been great.”

Allen Park plays at Southgate Anderson (1-2) on Friday.

‘Big test’ awaits Wood, Adams

Kyle Wood’s veteran leadership is a reason Rochester Adams is 3-0.

Wood, who took over at quarterback the final six games his freshman year, has completed 70 percent of his passes and thrown eight touchdowns.

Three of those touchdowns came in the five-touchdown first quarter against North Farmington, a game Adams won 50-3.

“We’ve had great balance on offense,” Adams coach Tony Patritto said. “Kyle Wood’s our four-year starter at quarterback and he’s done a great job of running our option attack. We’ve had six different guys catch passes with Steve Roncelli, our slot back already having five .”

Adams has an early-season showdown Friday at home against Oak Park, which defeated Farmington last week after losses to No. 1 Detroit Cass Tech and No. 14 Birmingham Groves.

“That will be a big test for us,” Patritto said.

W.L. Northern off to best start

Brett Moore is enjoying his ninth season at Walled Lake Northern, which is off to its best start at 3-0.

“It’s the first time in school history and it’s very exciting,” said Moore, whose team routed Livonia Stevenson, 39-20. “Our team is not big at all, just a bunch of scrappy kids who love to play the game of football.”

What’s helped Moore is having 5-11, 170-pound senior Dylan Moser, who has thrown for 293 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 307 yards and four scores. Senior running back Miller Carlock has 401 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

“He’s a track kid and a calming influence out there for us,” Moore said of Moser, who played in the slot last season. “(And) our defense has played really well. We’re getting 11 hats on the ball.”

Northern plays Waterford Kettering (2-1) on Friday.

Top performer

David McCullum, QB, Waterford Mott: McCullum completed 18-of-27 for 368 yards and three TDs in a 34-31 win over Novi, directing a seven-play 77-yard drive in the final minutes, capped off with a 21-yard scoring strike to Zach Loll with 25 seconds left.

Quotable

"Our team is not big at all, just a bunch of scrappy kids who love to play the game of football," Walled Lake Northern coach Brett Moore whose Knights are off to their first 3-0 start in school history.

By the numbers

303 – Passing yards by West Bloomfield junior quarterback Bryce Veasley who now has 861 yards in three games.

60 – Seconds it took Waterford Mott to take for its seven-play, 77-yard game-winning drive in the 34-31 victory over Novi Friday night.

3 – Wins Benton Harbor has to start the season, the most since the Tigers won their first six games in 1985.