Chippewa Valley football loses D1 regional final to Detroit Cass Tech in 'heart-breaking' fashion

 Clinton Township Chippewa Valley quarterback Tommy Schuster looks to make a throw during a Division 1 regional final against Detroit Cass Tech Nov. 10. Chippewa's season ended with a 32-26 loss.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley quarterback Tommy Schuster looks to make a throw during a Division 1 regional final against Detroit Cass Tech Nov. 10. Chippewa's season ended with a 32-26 loss.

Photo by Erin Sanchez.


By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published November 11, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— Detroit Cass Tech football won its eighth consecutive regional championship in dramatic fashion, as the Technicians beat Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 32-26 to advance to a division 1 semifinal, where they will play West Bloomfield High Nov. 18 at a time and location yet to be determined.

 

After Chippewa took its first lead of the game late in the fourth quarter on a pass from quarterback Tommy Schuster to receiver Jacob Rybicki, Cass Tech got the ball back with 1:25 remaining on the clock, trailing 26-25.

 

Following a big pass play, Cass Tech junior Jaren Mangham had a 1-yard touchdown run, giving the Technicians the lead with 6.8 seconds left on the game clock.

Although Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher recalled a semifinal game against Utica Eisenhower last season that was also won late, the Technicians’ win against Chippewa Valley was unique.

 

“This game was better because we didn’t have (any) timeouts,” Wilcher said. “I’m glad the quarterback (Aaron Jackson) made the right check. We didn’t falter. … I think that’s the most important thing, that we punched the ball in.”

 

Chippewa Valley coach Scott Merchant discussed the final seconds of the game.

 

“Pretty heart-breaking,” he said. “We knew we we’re (going to) have to defend and make a play. …  If we stop (them) there, the game’s over. So, it’s rough.”

 

Chippewa’s touchdown late in the contest came after senior Jalen Jennings blocked a punt, giving his team the ball at the 12-yard line with 1:34 left on the clock.

 

Earlier in the quarter, Chippewa got a touchdown when Schuster connected with Austin Frederick on a 47-yard scoring play.

After a failed 2-point conversion, Chippewa trailed 25-20.

 

Chippewa scored on its first touchdown of the game via a pass from Schuster to Marcel Lewis that resulted in a 34-yard score.

That touchdown came after Jennings recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff.

 

Following Chippewa’s score on its opening drive, Cass Tech scored 19 unanswered points.

The Technicians led 19-7 at the half.

 

Chippewa also scored the first touchdown of the second half via a pass from Schuster to Lewis that resulted in a 36-yard scoring play.

 

The Technicians followed that up with a long kickoff return for a touchdown by Jevin Swanigan and led 25-14 going into the last quarter of play.