high school football: Gabriel Richard earns Prep Bowl, playoff berths with 34-7 win over Dearborn Divine Child
With a 34-7 win over Dearborn Divine Child Saturday, Father Gabriel Richard earned one guaranteed trip to Ford Field in Detroit and a chance to earn a second.
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The win gave FGR a 2-1 league record and a spot in the Prep Bowl, the AA Catholic League title game annually played at Ford Field. The Irish will take on Pontiac Notre Dame Prep on Oct. 19.
The win was also the Irish’s sixth of the year, earning FGR an automatic playoff berth. After ending their regular season at Ford Field, the Irish will embark on a playoff run, hoping it ends back at Ford Field in a state title game.
“This was a good day,” FGR coach Brian Lemons said.
Gabriel Richard needed only 208 yards of total offense to score five touchdowns, thanks to strong play by its defense and special teams units that provided short fields for the offense.
After DDC fumbled on its opening drive, FGR went 59 yards in two plays to score less than four minutes in.
The Irish recorded a blocked punt on its next sequence, giving the offense only 33 yards to go for its second score.
And after one extended scoring drive late in the second, the Irish went 43 yards on two plays at the end of the half, culminating with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Mason Sarosi to Patrick Wolf to go up four scores by halftime.
“They got them off the field, they were very physical up front and they put us in a good sport,” Lemons said of the FGR defense.
Wolf recorded an interception and a 40-yard return to set up FGR’s final touchdown in the third quarter, a nine-yard run by Blaise Sterans.
Sarosi started his fifth game of the year, filling in for starter Joseph Kendzicky, who broke both of his arms in Weeks 1 and 4.
He finished with 95 yards passing on 6-of-10 passing, a week after going 7-for-16 against Macomb Lutheran North.
“This week was by far his best game of the year,” Lemons said. “He did a terrific job.”
Running back Ashton Hundley scored the first three FGR touchdowns and took most of the second half off, finishing with 79 yards rushing. He now has nearly 900 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the year.
The Irish, after a Week 8 matchup against Allen Park Cabrini, will face the task of beating a Notre Dame Prep team it lost to, 28-16, earlier this season.
In FGR's fourth straight Prep Bowl, this will be the third time it's played Notre Dame Prep. The two teams split the first two matchups, and Lemons said preparing for a team it knows so well will be a process of trying to “peel back the layers of the things they do.”
“You have to be a focused team when you go play those guys,” Lemons said.