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Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 5:11 p.m.

Father Gabriel Richard rolls in football playoffs, 35-0 over Capac

By Angela Cesere

The Father Gabriel Richard High School football team saved its best defensive performance of the season for when it mattered most, shutting out Capac 35-0 in a playoff-opening win Saturday afternoon.

It's the first shutout of the season for the Fighting Irish (8-2) and puts them one game away from their second consecutive Division 5 district title.

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Though the final score suggests the defense didn't necessarily need to be on its game, points were precious in the first half. The Fighting Irish led just 6-0 at the break with Nick Pauze's 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter being the only scoring they could muster.

"Our offense took a while to get started, but our defense was tight, we didn't give up very many first downs," Lemons said.

Gabriel Richard pulled away with a 22 points in the third quarter as Pauze scored on a pair of 2-yard runs. Irish quarterback Joe Kendzicky also scored with his legs -- a touchdown and a two-point conversion run -- in the frame, but it was his arm that set the Irish offense up. He finished an efficient 10-of-13 passing for 208 yards with no interceptions

Pauze finished with 10 carries for 60 yards rushing. Ashton Hundley added a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Fighting Irish will travel to Almont for a district title game next week. Almont (9-1), the No. 4-ranked team in the final Associated Press Division 5 poll of the season, beat Clawson, 54-15, on Friday night.

Almont also beat Capac, 28-0, early this season.