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October 31, 2012

Country Day and Brother Rice football teams move to district finals

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Country Day and Brother Rice football teams move to district finals
Country Day quarterback Tyler Wiegers fires a pass downfield against Clintondale in a pre-district game Oct. 26. Country Day won 35-0 and faces Notre Dame Prep Saturday at 7 p.m. in Pontiac.

Dan McLean said the focus and discipline had to be there.

Four quarters of football later, the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day football coach boasted about, well, focus and discipline.

“Playing a 9-0 team right off the bat, you have to be ready. You have to be at your best,” McLean said of his team’s opening-round game against Clinton Township Clintondale Oct. 26 on the road. “Our guys were good to go. It was a great win for us.”

Country Day took the Division 4 opener 35-0.

“We scored on our first and second drives, punted and then scored once more before halftime,” McLean said. Country Day led 21-0 at the half, added two touchdowns in the third quarter and enjoyed a running clock for the final frame. “Our offense was good, and the defense bent a few times but didn’t break. Once we got that last score in the third and got the clock running, that was the end of things.”

The win pushed Country Day to 8-2 on the season and sets up a showdown at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

“That’s a team with a lot of quickness that can do a lot of different things to take you off your game,” McLean said of the Fighting Irish. “We have to be ready for their pressure on offense and defense.”

Prep (9-1) is fresh off of a 41-20 victory against Livonia Clarenceville.

The Fighting Irish piled up the rushing yards in their opener.

Quarterback Brenden Newvine had 212 yards on the ground and running back Jeremiah Johnson had 224.

Coach Kyle Zimmerman said this Saturday’s game is one a lot of people will be looking forward to.

“I think it’s an awesome matchup for Oakland County in general,” Zimmerman said. “Country Day is a great football team with some really skilled athletes. … I think our key is establishing the run game, and I’d bet they will try and do the same thing.”

“I’m pretty happy with where we are right now,” McLean said of his squad, which hasn’t made it past the district round since 2009. “We’ll likely have a full, healthy roster. So it should be a very good football game.”

Country Day and Notre Dame Prep have met three times in the past, the most recent a 25-22 DCD win in 2004.

Champs stay alive
Heading into a D-2 pre-district at Port Huron High, Birmingham Brother Rice coach Al Fracassa said he hoped to slow down a Big Reds team that “seems to have 100 different variations with their offense, and the quarterback can really fling the ball around.”

Well, his defense did just enough, while the offense had a day of its own.

Rice, the defending D-2 champ, advanced to this weekend’s district final with a 47-26 win.

Rice (8-2) will face Oxford High (7-3) at home. A time and date was not known at press time.

In other local football action:
Birmingham Seaholm lost to Oxford High 42-6 Oct. 26 at home in a Division 2 district opener.

The Maples finish the season 8-2 overall after winning the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, going 8-0.

Bloomfield Hills Lahser wrapped up its season in its district opener, losing on the road to Auburn Hills Avondale 21-19 in Division 3. The Knights lost to the same team by two points in Week 8.

Lahser ends 6-4 overall and 6-2 in the Blue, which put it in third.

Sports Writer Christian Davis contributed to this report.

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