Northville — Livonia Churchill played like a top-10 state power in the opening half Thursday night, scoring on its first three possessions and going on to earn a 34-14 rout of Northville in a Kensington Lakes Activities Association Gold Division game.
Churchill junior quarterback Drew Alsobrooks was outstanding, especially in the first quarter, showing his ability as a dual-threat left-handed quarterback.
Alsobrook threw for 180 yards on 10-of-15 passing and ran for 92 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns.
“We played a great first half and kind of gritted it out in the second half,” Churchill coach Bill DeFillippo said.
Alsobrooks found Martell Dooley for a 10-yard gain on Churchill’s first play from scrimmage, then beat Northville at its own game when his third down option pitch to Darrell Mason went for a 24-yard gain. Mason’s run was followed by a 29-yard scamper by Tyreese Williams to Northville’s 1-yard line set up Michael Parrish’s touchdown run.
Then, Alsobrooks connected on three of four passes on the next drive for 52 yards to set up his own 2-yard rushing score for a 14-0 cushion.
Alsobrooks had more left in the tank in the opening quarter, bursting up the middle on a quarterback keeper for a 49-yard touchdown run to open up a 21-0 lead with 1:13 left.
“It felt great. I had a huge hole,” Alsobrooks said. “My right guard and right tackle and fullback did a great job of blocking and I was able to make space and make a play.”
It was total dominance by Churchill (2-0, 1-0), stuffing Northville’s option attack while quarterback Jonathan Michalak failed to convert on his third down passes.
Churchill outgained Northville (1-1, 0-1) by a 192-21 margin during the 21-0 spurt, getting off just four more plays (16-12) with Alsobrooks accounting for 123 (72 passing, 51 yards).
Northville had a chance to get on the board early in the second, advancing to Churchill’s 28 before Alregio Sanders sacked Michalak, forcing a fumble with Churchill’s Immanuel Ruttenburg pouncing on the loose ball.
Churchill didn’t score, but it did after Jake Moody’s 55-yard field goal was wide right midway through the second.
Alsobrooks then connected on all three of his passes for 58 yards, including a 25-yard toss to Avery Grenier in the left flat on a third-and-2 to set up a first-and-goal at the 10. Grenier cashed in with a 6-yard touchdown run to open up a 28-0 lead with 3:50 left in a half where Churchill held a 297-96 edge in yards.
Moody misfired on a 55-yard field goal after making a 57-yarder in the season-opening 44-14 victory over Dearborn, but he did get off a 59-yard punt in the third quarter.
Northville got on the board on Abe Khoury’s 7-yard run with 1:48 left in the third to cut the deficit to 28-7.
And Northville had the chance to get closer after stopping Churchill and getting the ball back at its own 49, but fumbled and Churchill’s Joel Forgacs recovered at the Northville 46 early in the fourth.
Alsobrooks made sure Churchill would take advantage of the turnover, breaking loose for 18 yards to the 28 on a third-and-10 play, then scoring on an 8-yard run for a 34-7 lead with 8:29 remaining.
“We played so well today and I’m so proud of my team,” Alsobrooks said.
Northville closed out the scoring with Michalak’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Ben Schmidt with 3:42 left.
Allen Park 51, Taylor Kennedy 0: Marcus Smith rushed for two touchdowns and returned a fumble for a touchdown, and Austin Dietz was 5-for-6 passing for 138 yards and two touchdowns for Allen Park (1-1, 1-0 Downriver). Kennedy is 0-2, 0-2.
Birmingham Groves 14, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 3: Chase Ford had 120 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, Khalil Dawsey caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Colton Tinsley and recorded four tackles and an interception on defense. Damonte McCurdy had seven tackles and a pass breakup and Charlie Riddle recorded four tackles and two sacks for Groves (2-0, 1-0 OAA White). Frank Potenza had 125 passing yards and Jake Ropeta hit a 27-yard field goal for Stoney Creek (1-1, 0-1).
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 37, Detroit University Prep 0: Trevor McConnell was 13-for-21 passing for 199 yards and three touchdowns, Aaron Wiggins had 195 all-purpose yards and a score, and Jack Fairman finished with 11 tackles and a sack for Cranbrook-Kingswood (2-0). University Prep is 1-1.
Clinton Township Clintondale 52, Center Line 20: Deonte Higgins had seven carries for 175 yards and three touchdowns, adding a 22-yard touchdown reception. Karde Johnson had a 75-yard punt return for a score for Clintondale (2-0, 1-0 MAC Bronze). Center Line is 1-1, 0-1.
Dearborn Edsel Ford 65, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 0: Will Marano had 278 all-purpose yards and four total touchdowns and Jonte Dorsey had 73 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Edsel Ford (2-0). Annapolis is 0-2.
Detroit Delta Prep 33, Royal Oak Shrine 7: Malik Rocks had 227 all-purpose yards with three total touchdowns, including a 69-yard pick-six, Robert Beatty III was 12-for-18 passing for 312 yards and three touchdowns, and Damion Robinson had seven tackles and three sacks for Delta Prep (1-1). Shrine is 1-1.
Detroit Denby 20, Harper Woods Chandler Park 8: Armani White finished with 73 rushing yards and a touchdown, Jermaine Trammell and Gregory Virger combined for five sacks, and Cameron Waddell had 68 all-purpose yards and a rushing score for Denby (1-0). Chandler Park is 0-2.
Detroit Renaissance 22, Detroit Western International 16: Deandre Carter-Jones had rushing touchdowns of seven and 22 yards and Christopher Robinson had a 41-yard touchdown catch for Renaissance (2-0). Western is 1-1.
East Detroit 23, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 20: Ivan Krohta threw for 50 yards, rushed for 111 yards and had two total touchdowns, and Evan Rochon had 22 carries for 115 yards and a score for Lakeview (0-2). East Detroit is 1-1.
Farmington Hills Harrison 30, Troy 3: Roderick Heard carried the ball 21 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Noah Hendricks was 5-for-11 for 105 yards and two scores for Harrison (1-1). Troy is 1-1.
Ferndale 37, Farmington 7: Kewshawn Smith had two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown for Ferndale (2-0, 1-0). Roger Motley had a touchdown reception for Farmington (0-2, 0-1).
Garden City 28, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 14: Elan Castonguaw had 122 yards rushing, 118 yards receiving and three total touchdowns, and quarterback Chase McGraw threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns for Garden City (1-1). Robichaud is 1-1.
Grosse Pointe North 42, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 7: Sheldon Cage rushed 12 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns, Bjorn Bjornsson threw for 118 yards and two scores and Pete Ciaravino had two touchdown receptions and two interceptions, one of which was a 100-yard pick-six for North (1-0, 1-0 MAC Blue). L’Anse Creuse is 0-2, 0-1.
Grosse Pointe South 16, Utica 14: Cam Shook hit a program record 54-yard field goal for South (1-1, 1-0 MAC White). Utica is 1-1, 0-1.
Livonia Stevenson 44, Novi 21: Parker Graham rushed 14 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns, and threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns. George Ferguson had a 66-yard touchdown reception and two interceptions, one which went for a 70-yard touchdown for Stevenson (2-0, 1-0 KLAA Central). Kyle Klosterman had 14 rushes for 96 yards and two scores for Novi (0-2, 0-1).
Rochester Adams 39, Lake Orion 8: Carter Farris had three passing touchdowns, Chase Kareta scored three total scores, Stephen Roncelli ran for a score and Ben Luci caught a touchdown pass for Adams (2-0, 1-0 OAA Red). Lake Orion is 0-2, 0-1.
Utica Ford 20, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 16: Noah Heide threw for two touchdowns and rush for another, while Luke Heide reeled in both touchdown receptions for Ford (1-1, 1-0 MAC White). Blake Daniels went 17-for-29 for 151 yards for North (0-2, 0-1).
Walled Lake Western 44, Milford 8: Sam Johnson III was 14-of-24 passing for 322 yards and five touchdowns along with 60 yards rushing on four carries for Western (2-0, 1-0 Lakes Valley). Justin Thomas had seven catches for 160 yards and four scores. Milford is 0-2, 0-2.
Warren Mott 35, Sterling Heights Stevenson 14: Jake Dube rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns, and went 7-for-12 passing for 153 yards and a score. Trevon Madison had four receptions for 131 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown reception for Mott (2-0, 1-0 MAC Red). Stevenson is 0-2, 0-1.
Warren Woods Tower 35, St. Clair 13: Quarterback Matt Byrd rushed 19 times for 202 yards and a touchdown and went 5-for-9 passing for 94 yards and two scores. Jordan Harrison added 11 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns for Tower (2-0, 1-0). St Clair is 0-2, 0-1.
Waterford Lakes 35, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 6: Maurice Hutchinson had 14 carries for 84 yards, a 12-yard touchdown reception and 10 tackles for Parkway Christian (0-2). Lakes is 2-0.
News staff contributed