Birmingham Brother Rice receiver Rocco Milia runs with the ball against Warren De La Salle Sept. 21. Brother Rice improved to 4-0 on the season with a 16-14 victory.

Birmingham Brother Rice receiver Rocco Milia runs with the ball against Warren De La Salle Sept. 21. Brother Rice improved to 4-0 on the season with a 16-14 victory.

Photo by Brian Sevald


Brother Rice football remains undefeated, beats De La Salle

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published September 21, 2019

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Southfield — Birmingham Brother Rice football improved to 4-0 on the season via a 16-14 win against Warren De La Salle Sept. 21 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University.

It was the first Catholic High School League Central Division game for both teams this season.

With the victory, the Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak against De La Salle.

After winning two consecutive Division 2 state championships, the Pilots are 2-2 for the first time since 2016.

Brother Rice coach Adam Korzeniewski still doesn’t think he has seen the best his team has to offer.

“I’d say we haven’t reached our potential yet,” Korzeniewski said. “We were picked to be fourth in the Catholic League. It’s up to them. But these guys just come to work everyday.”

With his team up 10-7 in the fourth quarter, Brother Rice running back Patrick O’Hara helped to put the game away with a 1-yard touchdown run.

After a failed extra-point attempt, the Warriors led 16-7.

The last touchdown of the game came late in the fourth when De La Salle running back Brett Stanley scored on a 3-yard run.

After getting a field goal in the first, Brother Rice added a touchdown in the second via a pass from quarterback Greg Piscopink to receiver Rocco Milia for a 37-yard score.

The Warriors led 10-0 at the half.

De La Salle closed the distance when quarterback Anthony Stepnitz scored on a 1-yard run in the third.

The Warriors led 10-7 going into the fourth.

Following the game, De La Salle coach Mike Giannone reflected on the first half of play.

“We got the ball, I think, three times in the first half,” Giannone said. “They kept it away from us. That was a good game plan on their part, just milking the ball. They had big plays when they needed (them). Great job.”

Despite getting a big win, Korzeniewski isn’t expecting his team to rest on their laurels.

“I don’t think they’re satisfied,” he said. “They’re a really close team. They’ve got a great bond. So, I think they want more.”

Up next, De La Salle plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 away against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

The Warriors play at 1 p.m. Sept. 29 away against Detroit Catholic Central.

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