Stoney Creek football starts off with victory

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published August 29, 2013

ROYAL OAK — After a slow start, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek football turned on the gas against Royal Oak High in the second half to open the season with a 42-8 victory Aug. 29 at Royal Oak.

““I think my kids came out a little tense. Then they loosened up and we played Stoney Creek football,” coach Brad 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.”

Stoney Creek led 14-8 at halftime, but put 21 points on the board in the third 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 Noah 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 a 52-yard interception return by Dequan Givens in the second quarter.

“We made some mistakes, and they were self-inflicted,” Royal Oak coach Ryan Irish said. “Give Stoney Creek credit, they capitalized, and that’s what good football teams do.”

Up next, Stoney Creek hosts Pontiac High at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division contest. Royal Oak hosts Ferndale High at the same time and day in an OAA Blue tilt.