Novi — After giving up 31 points in an upset loss to Orchard Lake St. Mary in Week 7, Detroit Catholic Central handed the reigning Division 2 champs and Catholic League Central rival Warren De La Salle (6-2, 2-1) its second defeat of the season Sunday, 10-7.
Quarterback Marco Genrich, who played his first full game since coming back from a Week 3 hand injury, led C.C.'s offense. With tailback Keegan Koheler struggling to find open seams, Genrich took it upon himself to marshal the ground game as he rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries, including the lone touchdown for Catholic Central (5-2, 2-1).
“We wanted to establish the run game early, but we struggled a little bit in the first quarter,” Genrich said. “When we got it going, it opened up the passing game, and we just wanted to keep pushing.”
C.C. struck first in the second quarter with a 38-yard field goal by kicker Owen Finnerty.
On its next offensive possession, Genrich connected with Sami Beydoun on a 35-yard pass, then again on a fourth-and-6 to Koehler for a 14-yard gain to bring C.C. to the De La Salle 5. Genrich capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and goal to make it 10-0 with 4:23 remaining in the half.
“Marco being back is great. A senior, captain, (and) his leadership: you can’t beat that,” Catholic Central coach Dan Anderson said. “Jack Beno, our sophomore that came in and played, is a great quarterback and he’s going to be a great quarterback in our future; but you have to go with your senior captain.”
To avoid a scoreless first half, De La Salle quarterback Nolan Schulz found wideout Joshua Deberry — who went untouched as two C.C. defenders collided in front of him — for a 61-yard touchdown with 1:14 left before halftime.
The second half yielded no points for either team as both defenses were stifling, which left De La Salle’s offense playing against the clock.
, the Pilots De La Salle was stopped by Catholic Central’s defense on fourth-and-26 with 1:22 left in the game to seal the upset win for C.C., which had lost its previous two encounters against its Catholic League rival..
“We’re going to enjoy tonight, then we're back tomorrow, trying to figure out what we need to do to get better," Anderson said.
De La Salle will meet C.C. for a second straight week in next week’s Catholic League Central Prep Bowl Championship, thanks to Birmingham Brother Rice’s 24-21 win over St. Mary’s on Saturday. This is the second consecutive year the two teams will meet in the championship, with the De La Salle winning last year’s contest 35-14.
Dwjuan Frazier is a freelance writer