Stevenson football upends Troy High, 7-3

Frederick gets win in debut with Titans

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published August 28, 2014

 Stevenson's Levi Jackson (1) sprints down the sideline while Troy defender Eric Papandrea gives chase.

Stevenson's Levi Jackson (1) sprints down the sideline while Troy defender Eric Papandrea gives chase.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

STERLING HEIGHTS — It wasn’t the prettiest game, but new Sterling Heights Stevenson coach Kevin Frederick picked up a win in his debut with a 7-3 triumph over Troy High Aug. 28 at Stevenson.

“Some times, you have to wait for things to develop. Our offense struggled at times. We sputtered here and there. Defensively, we were outstanding. Everyone was on their 'A' game on that side of the ball.”

One play proved to be the difference. Trailing 3-0 halfway through the third quarter, Titans junior quarterback Frankie D’Ascenzo hit senior wide receiver Greg McDade in stride up the left sideline for a 78-yard touchdown to put Stevenson ahead 7-3 with 5:45 to play in the third.

McDade also made the game-clinching play on defense — an interception of Colts senior signal-caller Nick Bradley with 1:40 to play.

“Greg made some huge plays for us,” said Frederick, who comes to Stevenson after six years at Whittemore-Prescott. “On the touchdown, we looked at a pre-snap read, and we saw that where he was on the field he had one-on-one coverage. We tell (D’Ascenzo) that if he has Greg on the outside one-on-one, go to him, and he was able to get open even with Troy playing soft coverage.”

Stevenson (1-0) next plays Utica Eisenhower (0-1) at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Eisenhower. Troy High (0-1) will look to get back on track when it takes on West Bloomfield High (1-0) at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at West Bloomfield.

Troy High went ahead 3-0 on a 33-yard field goal by junior kicker Blaise Dahmer with 4:06 to play in the first quarter.

Titans senior running back Nick Turner finished with 101 yards.

Stevenson is 7-3 in its last 10 season openers, while Troy High is 6-4 in its last 10 openers.

Other scores
Rockford 28, Utica Eisenhower 10
Utica Ford 26, Royal Oak 3
Clarkston 24, Dakota 21
Warren Fitzgerald 44, Hazel Park 0
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 31, Port Huron Northern 25
Troy Athen 34, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 31
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 38, Lake Orion 35
Warren Woods Tower 23, Warren Cousino 20