Gabriel Richard loses Prep Bowl for first time in three seasons, 38-7 to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
DETROIT -- A dazzling first quarter passing performance by Dan Durkin propelled Pontiac Notre Dame Prep to a 38-7 win over Father Gabriel Richard in the Catholic High School League's Prep Bowl Saturday at Ford Field.
The loss snapped Gabriel Richard's two-game win streak in the Prep Bowl.
“We just didn’t execute at a level that's going to win you a Catholic League championship,” said Gabriel Richard coach Brian Lemons.
Notre Dame Prep used touchdown strikes of 48 and 54 yards on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead. Forcing Gabriel Richard to play outside of its offensive comfort zone, Notre Dame Prep was gifted an interception and fumble on the next two possession, taking over inside Gabriel Richard territory and converting both turnovers into touchdowns.
When Shane Frakes scored on a 1-yard dive with 11:37 left in the second quarter, making the score 28-0, Gabriel Richard (7-2) looked at risk of being ran out of Ford Field with a first half running clock.
“They’re a talented ball club, and when you make the mistakes that we did on the offensive side of the ball, you're going to be in trouble,” Lemons said.
Notre Dame Prep didn’t take its foot off the gas, continuing to pass the ball vertically, but Gabriel Richard’s defense stiffened and they ended the first half with three interceptions -- one each by Stevie Tracy, Ashton Hundley and Ryan Ferris.
The Gabriel Richard offense was held to less than 150 total yards, however, and was unable to convert any of those interceptions into points.
Nick Pauze finished with 60 yards on eight carries and a touchdown for Gabriel Richard.