Bishop Foley football earns playoff berth with win against Cardinal Mooney

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published October 6, 2018

 After making a catch, Madison Heights Bishop Foley junior Klayton Cornell ran the ball in for a touchdown during a game against Marine City Cardinal Mooney Oct. 5.  Foley secured a playoff berth with a 49-12 victory.

After making a catch, Madison Heights Bishop Foley junior Klayton Cornell ran the ball in for a touchdown during a game against Marine City Cardinal Mooney Oct. 5. Foley secured a playoff berth with a 49-12 victory.

Photo by Sean Work

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s football team secured the program’s first playoff berth since 2013 with a 49-12 win against Marine City Cardinal Mooney Oct. 5 at Foley.

 

With the win, the Ventures improved to 6-1 overall (2-1 Catholic High School League Intersectional #2 Division) on the season.

 

A dominating first quarter left little doubt that the night was going to belong to the Ventures.

 

After scoring four touchdowns, Foley took a 28-0 lead into the second.

 

Senior running back Kendel Taylor scored two of Foley’s touchdowns, with the others coming on pass plays from quarterback Braden Mussat to Klayton Cornell and Sam Siepker, respectively.

 

After accepting the position as Foley’s head coach prior to last season, one of Brian Barnes’ aspirations was to make the program “relevant.”

 

Helping lead the team to the playoffs in his second season at the helm can go a long way toward accomplishing just that.

 

“This is pretty exciting,” Barnes said. “It started last year. We just wanted to play competitive football and let people kinda take notice (of) who we were. This year, what can you say? You’re a playoff team. Not every team in the state can say that, so we’re pretty excited. We’re pretty fortunate, too. I got a good group (of) kids.”

 

After Cardinal Mooney (0-7 overall, 0-4 CHSL Intersectional #2) got its first touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run by quarterback Quincy Greenia in the second, Foley answered back on a 77-yard scoring play from Mussat to Cornell.

 

The Ventures led 35-6 at the half.

 

Foley’s last touchdowns of the game came in the third when Taylor found his way back to the end zone on a 32-yard scoring play, which was followed up by a 22-yard run by Benjamin Alderson on a quarterback keeper.

 

Along with scoring three touchdowns, Taylor rushed for 90 yards and had 72 yards receiving.

 

Mussat was 6-for-12 for 235 yards.

 

Cornell had four receptions for 72 yards.

 

The win means that Foley senior John Stickney will get to participate in the playoffs for the first time.

 

“Coming from freshman year, we didn’t have that many good seasons,” Stickney said. “Getting a whole new coaching (staff) junior year, then bringing it to playoffs is awesome.”

 

The last touchdown of the game came on a pass from Cardinal Mooney sophomore Kevin Everhart to tight end Larry DeDalis in the fourth.

 

Barnes discussed the difference between his first day on the job and now.

 

“The fact that kids are excited for football,” he said. “The excitement, the amount of kids we have in the program, the amount of people that are here. … That’s the biggest thing, is that kids are excited for football (and) what we’re doing.”

 

Up next, Foley plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 against Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes at Wisner Stadium in Pontiac.

 

The Cardinals play at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 away against Detroit University Prep Science and Math.