Birmingham, WarrenSeptember 16, 2012
Rice dominates ground game in convincing 28-0 win against De La Salle
By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer
A year ago, a single point proved the difference in one of the best Catholic League games of the season.
This time around, Birmingham Brother Rice made sure things wouldn’t be that close.
On the heels of a dominant ground game, and a defense that was suffocating all night, the Warriors rolled to a 28-0 win against Warren De La Salle Sept. 15, avenging last year’s 21-20 loss.
“A wonderful win, always wonderful when you win one of these,” said Rice coach Al Fracassa. “They had our number the past few years, games where we came up just a little short. But our guys battled so much this week to get ready, and we really controlled the ball and did some great things here.”
Brian Walker got Rice on the board five minutes into the second quarter, scoring his first of three touchdowns on an 11-yard run. Shon Powell added a 5-yard run with 2:57 remaining in the first half, and Rice led 14-0 at the break.
Walker added scores of six yards and one yard in the second half, as Rice piled up 262 yards of offense on the ground, averaging 6.6 yards per attempt.
“Any time you can rush the way we did and control the ball, it’s a huge advantage,” Fracassa said. Rice totaled 357 yards of offense to De La Salle’s 160. “I think it’s frustrating for a defense when you can’t stop the run and get off the field. So that was huge.”
De La Salle senior quarterback Shane Morris was held in check most of the night, completing just eight of his 17 passes for 87 yards before missing most of the second half with what Fracassa said was illness.
“It’s a shame, because he’s such a good player,” Fracassa said of Morris. “You hate to see someone like that have to miss a game like this, but he’ll be back, and he’s going to do some great things before the year is out."
De La Salle's Giovanni Rescigno finished the game under center for the Pilots, completing three passes for 15 yards.
Rice quarterback Cheyne Lacanaria finished the game 9-of-12 passing for 95 yards. Walker paced the offense, rushing for 153 yards on 19 carries. Powell added 54 yards on eight carries.
The Pilots rushed for just 58 yards. Damorria Lilly led the way with 34 on 11 carries.
Rice, 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Central Division, takes on the University of Detroit Jesuit (2-2, 0-1) Sept. 21.
De La Salle (2-2, 0-1) faces Novi Detroit Catholic Central (2-2, 0-0) Sept. 21.
- Last 7 Days
- Last 30 Days
- Bishop Foley preps for Bridgman High in semifinals, takes aim at third state title in three years - Madison Heights
- Bay City Western gets run in sixth inning, holds on to beat Brother Rice 1-0 in D-1 final - Birmingham
- Troy High wins D-1 soccer title, Marian falls in D-2 - Bloomfield Hills
- Brother Rice baseball team set to face Howell High in Division 1 semifinal - Birmingham
- Ruppenthal dominates as Brother Rice advances to Division 1 state final - Birmingham
- Liggett wins D-4 state title in extra innings - Grosse Pointes
- Bishop Foley baseball beats Bridgman, plays for third D-3 title in three years tomorrow - Madison Heights
- Warren Mott upends Warren De La Salle in D-1 baseball pre-district - Warren
- Bloomfield Hills Marian wins first district title in 10 seasons - Bloomfield Hills
- Bats come to life in sixth inning as St. Mary's baseball team advances past Andover - Bloomfield Hills
- LACROSSE: Local teams see varying results as state tournament begins - Warren
- Price boasts about Stoney Creek softball after his girls claim division title - Rochester Hills
- Mercy uses five home runs to claim second consecutive district title; Rice, St. Mary's and Troy also advance - Farmington Hills
- Wixom St. Catherine tops Royal Oak Shrine in district final - Royal Oak
- Warren Mott upends Warren De La Salle in D-1 baseball pre-district
- Price boasts about Stoney Creek softball after his girls claim division title
- Rice, Cranbrook and Bloomfield United battle for lacrosse crowns
- Clawson High girls soccer gives itself chance at third straight title
- Lathrup baseball claims fourth OAA Gold title in last seven seasons
- Bloomfield Hills Marian wins first district title in 10 seasons
- Southfield gymnast wins two gold medals