Saturday’s roundup: Detroit C.C. wins Catholic League

Eric Coughlin
Special to The Detroit News

Detroit — Austin Brown led Detroit Catholic Central on a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the final three minutes to overtake Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 17-14, for the Catholic League championship Saturday night at Ford Field.

Brown accounted for 77 out of the 80 yards on the decisive drive, completing 7 of 8 passes, including the 12-yard scoring strike with 22 seconds left to wide receiver Chris Jakubik.

Catholic Central (9-0, 5-0 Catholic League A-B) didn’t rely on his arm for much of the game, but when the time came, Brown wasn’t worried about his team’s late-clock abilities.

“We work on it every Thursday,” Brown said. “In practice, we got it down to about 30 seconds, so we were confident in that two-minute drill.”

The win keeps Catholic Central’s undefeated season alive and gives coach Tom Mach his seventeenth “Prep Bowl” victory.

“That was one of the best drives that I’ve seen in 41 years,” Mach said, reflecting on a long career as Catholic Central’s head man.

Until the fourth quarter, defenses dominated.

St. Mary’s (5-4, 2-2) mustered only 49 yards in the first half, and the teams traded punts the entire third quarter.

Midway through the fourth quarter, St. Mary’s quarterback Caden Prieskorn connected with Josh Walls, who slipped a tackle and tiptoed down the sideline for a 46-yard score, giving St. Mary’s a 14-10 lead.

St. Mary’s mostly held C.C. running back Nick Capatina in check, allowing just 20 yards on nine rushes for the star running back.

“They played some great defense. I was proud of St. Mary’s. I thought it was a great Catholic League game,” Mach said.

Catholic Central relied more on its bruising fullback, Cameron Ryan, to move the ball. He did most of his work early and finished the day with 16 carries for a hard-earned 62 yards, much of it coming between the tackles.

Defensive end Jack Morris intercepted an attempted St. Mary’s hook-and-lateral to seal the win for Catholic Central.

“We kept our composure. We knew we were going to go down the field and score,” Morris said. He added three catches as a tight end, including one on Catholic Central’s final drive.

Matt Young added a touchdown for Catholic Central, and Kyren Cunningham scored for St. Mary’s.

More Catholic League

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 30, Waterford Lakes 0: Jalen Allen had two touchdowns, and Tristan Knoer and Pat Foley each scored once for Cranbrook (8-3, 6-0 Catholic League). Waterford Lakes falls to 6-4, 4-3.

Dearborn Divine Child 35, Detroit Loyola 24: Evan Latham had a receiving touchdown, and Theo Day recorded a 78-yard scoring run and two touchdown passes for Divine Child (7-2, 1-1 Catholic AA). Patrick Hoover threw a touchdown pass to Liam Soraghan. Loyola is 7-2, 3-1.

More games

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 41, Melvindale ABT 16: Connor McCarron completed 15 of 21 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns for Liggett (9-0). McCarron threw TD passes of 64, 54 and 21 yards, and he also ran for a 12-yard score. Charles Caine had eight receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and Jack Walkowiak caught four passes, two for scores. Melvindale ABT is 4-5.

Detroit University Prep 14, Detroit University Prep Math & Science 8: DeMarco Henry ran for 122 yards, including two touchdowns, and Corey Greenwood had 12 tackles for University Prep (3-5). Math & Science falls to 1-8.

Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer; News staff contributed