Cranbrook's Tariq Muhamed finds some room Oct. 21 against Everest Collegiate in the Prep Bowl at Ford Field. The Cranes dominated on way to their second straight title.

Cranbrook's Tariq Muhamed finds some room Oct. 21 against Everest Collegiate in the Prep Bowl at Ford Field. The Cranes dominated on way to their second straight title.

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Cranbrook makes it two in a row at Ford Field

Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 22, 2017

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DETROIT — Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood dominated on both sides of the ball, beating Everest Collegiate 42-7 in the Catholic High School League C-D title game Oct. 21 at Ford Field.

The win gives Cranbrook (8-1) back-to-back Prep Bowl championships.

“To come back-to-back and win the prep bowl when a couple years ago we couldn’t barely win a Catholic League game is big for us,” coach Joe D’Angelo said. “The kids have come a long way, and they’ve worked hard all year.”

The Cranes took advantage early when an interception by defensive back Torrell Williams gave them great field position in Mountaineers territory.

The offense quickly got into the end zone when quarterback Trevor McConnell found receiver Murari Nelluri for 11 yards and the score, giving the Cranes a 7-0 lead.

After a quick three-and-out by the Cranes defense, the offense went back to work and once again found the end zone.

This time it was McConnell to receiver Kobi Russell for 72 yards, giving the Cranes a 14-0 lead.

“He’s been throwing the ball real well. He’s a great leader out there along with being a great passer,” D’Angelo said.

Cranes running backs would help extend their lead when Tariq Muhamed scored on a 31-yard run and Aaron Wiggins reached the end zone from 7 yards out to give them a 28-0 lead.

Everest (7-2) would get on the board before the end of the first half when quarterback Grant Burgess found receiver Simon Fenske in the end zone for 14 yards making it a 28-7 game at the half.

In the second half, Cranbrook continued to put pressure on Everest.

“We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. I think we’re real physical and can compete,” D’Angelo said. “I can’t give enough credit to my coaches, they get these kids so prepared it’s unbelievable.”

After the offense was able to drive the field on the opening possession of the second half, McConnell threw it to receiver Jack Fairman who ran it into the end zone from 5 yards out to give the Cranes a 35-7 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, receiver Marqis Stokes added a 9-yard touchdown run for the Cranes pushing the lead to 42-7 and sealing the win.

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