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November 1, 2013

Country Day wins seventh straight, rolls past Clawson 49-14 in playoff opener

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Country Day's Richard Wilson had 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Friday night's victory against Clawson.

BEVERLY HILLS — The attack came early and was repeated often.

The result was a seventh straight win and a ticket to the second round of the 2013 football playoffs.

There was a time this fall Country Day was 0-3, but on Friday night, and following the Yellowjackets' 49-14 victory against Clawson High in a Division 4 predistrict, the guys in purple and gold are simply on a roll.

“It’s a great group of guys, a group that is so resilient,” coach Dan MacLean said after  Friday’s win. “I’m so proud of what they’ve done to get to this point.”

A team that reached the state finals in 2012, Country Day put its experience to work, jumping out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter.

By halftime, the Yellowjackets were up 42-7 and never looked back.

“It was good to come out and kind of push all the right buttons,” MacLean said of the quick start. “We seemed to establish control at the line of scrimmage, and then we really did some good things.”

Tyler Wiegers got things going with a 1-yard touchdown run. Richard Wilson scored the next two touchdowns on runs of 1 yard, and 6 yards.

Steve Mann capped the first quarter scoring with a 13-yard run.

Wiegers hit Mike MacLean with a 40-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, followed by a Tony Addison 4-yard rushing score.

Clawson got a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Ty Sparks to Marquian Johnson with 19 second remaining in the first half.

The same combo hooked up for another 20-yard passing score in the fourth, and then Country Day’s Kone Bowman rushed 20 yards for the game’s final touchdown.

“The kids played so hard,” said Clawson coach Jim Sparks. His guys end the season 7-3. “We competed. We felt coming in, to beat a team like this, we didn’t need a miracle, but we had to have our best game and catch them on some mistakes. Truthfully, I thought we played well. But you have to tip your hat to Country Day. That’s a good football team over there.”

The Yellowjackets (7-3) face Pontiac Notre Dame Prep next weekend in a rematch of last year’s district final.

Prep (8-2) beat Dearborn Heights Robichaud 33-6 in its opener.

Country Day eliminated Prep with a 14-12 victory last year.

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