Friday's prep football: Allen Park rides 'workhorse' Nico Tiberia past Wyandotte

Eric Coughlin
The Detroit News
Allen Park's Nico Tiberia (11) runs past Wyandotte Roosevelt's Hayden Loya (2) for a touchdown in the first half on Friday.

Wyandotte — One statistic tells the story of Allen Park’s Downriver matchup against Wyandotte Roosevelt: One.

That's the number of yards Wyandotte gained in the first half.

Allen Park rode a stout defense and senior running back Nico Tiberia to an 18-6 victory on Friday night.

“We’ve faced a lot of adversity in the last few weeks, two one-point losses in our league,” Allen Park coach Tom Danosky said. “We challenged the kids for this win, and I’m happy for them. They deserve this.”

Tiberia was the best player on the field, toting the ball 29 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

“He’s a workhorse,” Danosky said. “I haven’t seen anything like it. He’s the first guy in the weight room. He never seems to get tired. At the end of the game when guys are wearing down, he’s getting stronger. He has a great will to win. He pretty much closed the game out, but the offensive line was great as well.”

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Tiberia also credited his offensive line for his big night.

“The O-line did their job. They carried us tonight," he said. "I’m just thankful to have them. I’ve just got to make sure I’m taking care of my body.”

Allen Park (5-2, 4-2) now sits one win away from securing a playoff spot with two weeks left in the regular season.

“We’ve got to bring it every day to practice and the weight room,” Tiberia said. “We’ve got to stay healthy, too. We’ve got to learn to finish. I got a little scared tonight (when Wyandotte scored), so we just have to work on finishing.”

Junior quarterback Jalin Pitchford tried to lead a Wyandotte (5-2, 4-2) comeback in the second half but couldn’t get the offense started, going 6-for-19 passing for 83 yards with one interception and no scores.

It took a concerted effort for Wyandotte to finish with 183 total yards, but several turnovers on downs doomed the comeback effort in the second half.

Allen Park started the game with a short field after Wyandotte botched an onside kick attempt on the opening kickoff. Seven plays later, five of them Tiberia runs, and Allen Park was up 6-0 after a 10-yard Tiberia rumble.

Allen Park’s second drive started in similarly fortunate field position after Pitchford had his first pass attempt tipped and intercepted by Allen Park senior Nick Setser. Tiberia finished this one with a bruising 14-yard run where he dragged several Wyandotte defenders into the end zone with him to make it 12-0.

With 6:28 left in the second quarter, Tiberia would again find the end zone when he picked his way for 9 yards to put Allen Park up, 18-0, the score at half.

Wyandotte didn’t cross midfield in the first half. It completed no passes and consistently ran into stacked lines of scrimmage to no effect.

Meanwhile, Tiberia rushed for 127 yards and three scores in the first half alone, leaving Wyandotte with a mountain to climb in the second half.

Wyandotte finally got things going in the third quarter. Senior running back Cody Bowser capped off a nice drive with a 2-yard touchdown plunge get Wyandotte on the board, 18-6.

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Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer; Detroit News staff contributed