Berkley High blanks Troy High, remains undefeated

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published October 2, 2020

 Berkley High's Ian Domzalski carries the ball against Troy High Oct. 2. The Bears won 26-0.

Berkley High's Ian Domzalski carries the ball against Troy High Oct. 2. The Bears won 26-0.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Troy High's Nolan Block carries the ball against Berkley High Oct. 2. The Colts fell to 2-1 overall.

Troy High's Nolan Block carries the ball against Berkley High Oct. 2. The Colts fell to 2-1 overall.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

TROY –– Troy High and Berkley High entered their Oct. 2 matchup with unblemished records looking to keep pace in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

It didn’t take long for the Bears to establish themselves, as Ian Domzalski found the end zone from 60 yards out on the second play of the game.

The run game would play a key role in the game for the Bears. Liam Sarris added two rushing touchdowns later in the game, and the Bears sped past the Colts 26-0.

“The big boys controlled the game for us,” Bears coach Sean Shields said. “We had some miscues in the passing game, but from every running back we had to our quarterback Ian Domzalski, the boys ran hard. The line blocked great for them tonight.”

With the win, Berkley moves to 3-0 overall and kept itself in control of its own destiny in the OAA Blue. The Bears haven’t had more than two wins in a season since 2016.

Defense has played a large role in the team’s success thus far. Through three games, Berkley has allowed just 6 points. They have outscored opponents 95-6.

“Defensively, I’m extremely happy,” Shields said. “It’s what I want to be the staple of our team is our defense. I can’t say enough about our D. They controlled this game tonight.”

For the Colts, the loss drops them to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the OAA Blue. It’s progress from the 0-9 year they had last year.

However, Colts coach Chris Frasier said they have a lot of room to grow and need to learn from some of the mistakes they made in the game.

“There was plays to be made out there, and they made the plays, and we didn’t," Frasier said. “I told the boys after the game, ‘it doesn’t matter who you are, it’s a team game. Everyone needs to go make a play,’ and we didn’t have enough people step up and make plays.”

Frasier wants to see his group use this loss as a learning experience and grow from it. He reiterated to his team that a 2-1 overall record is nothing to scoff at.

There is still a path to winning the OAA Blue, it just doesn’t happen to be in the Colts’ control anymore. They have a few more weeks to put the pieces together before the playoffs start Oct. 30.

“I think it’s definitely a learning experience,” Frasier said. “We’re relying on a bunch of younger kids. Hopefully they take it to heart this week and realize that you can’t just show up on Friday night and expect to win a game, a physical game like that.”

The Colts will hit the field again at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Ferndale High.

Berkley will look to keep the momentum rolling when it plays again at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Troy Athens.