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September 4, 2013

Stoney Creek football opens season with a victory

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Rochester Hills Stoney Creek’s Joe Cox tries to get to the outside against Royal Oak High Aug. 29. The Cougars won the game 42-8.

ROYAL OAK — It wasn’t the first half Rochester Hills Stoney Creek football coach Brad Zube was looking for Aug. 29 at Royal Oak High.

The Cougars led 14-8 at the break.

“I think my kids came out a little tense; then they loosened up, and we played Stoney Creek football,” Zube said. “We went in at halftime and just tried to settle them down. We didn’t go in there screaming — that’s not what we do at Stoney Creek. We just wanted to relieve a little tension, exhale, remember what kind of team we have and get back to the basics.”

The talk eventually led to a 42-8 victory, but the message was clear following the game. 

Zube spoke to the squad, telling his players that they won’t be sneaking up on any opponents this season.

Last year, the Cougars finished 5-4 overall, winning three of their final four games, and 4-3 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division. Just a year prior, Stoney Creek was 1-8 overall.

Senior Noah Beck said the senior-heavy team is on a mission.

“Our senior class, we know what we want, we know our goals. We’re going to go out there and try to accomplish them,” he said. “We know what we can do, and we’re going to show everyone what we can do.”

The Cougars return 13 starters, and have depth and weapons all over the field, according to Zube.

Against Royal Oak, the Cougars put 21 points on the board in the third quarter in a matter of five minutes, getting a 19-yard touchdown catch when quarterback Justin Allor found Alex Schnurr, a 65-yard punt return from Joe Cox, and a 2-yard plunge from Jack VanAlmen.

Other scores came from 57- and 47-yard runs by Nick Rangos, and a 27-yard touchdown catch by Beck from Allor.

“We have a lot of guys that we can get the football,” Zube said. “That’s how we want to go at people — diversify our attack.”

The Cougars’ defense held the Ravens scoreless. Royal Oak scored on an interception return in the first quarter.

“We feel confident in the guys we have on defense and on offense,” Zube said. “We have a lot of depth. If we can stay healthy, then we have a shot.”

Catch the Cougars against Pontiac High at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at home.

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