Beverly Hills Country Day's Anthony Ammori carries the ball in a Division 4 state final against Grand Rapids Catholic Central Nov. 29 at Ford Field. The Cougars topped the Yellowjackets 44-0.

Beverly Hills Country Day's Anthony Ammori carries the ball in a Division 4 state final against Grand Rapids Catholic Central Nov. 29 at Ford Field. The Cougars topped the Yellowjackets 44-0.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Country Day blanked by Grand Rapids Catholic Central in D-4 final

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 29, 2019

 Country Day's Jacob Yarberry is taken down by a Catholic Central defender Nov. 29 at Ford Field. Yarberry recorded 13 yards on three carries in the game.

Country Day's Jacob Yarberry is taken down by a Catholic Central defender Nov. 29 at Ford Field. Yarberry recorded 13 yards on three carries in the game.

DETROIT — Prior to the Division 4 state final, the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day football team surrendered a total of 67 points, never allowing more than 12 points in a game. 

It took Grand Rapids Catholic Central all of eight minutes and 36 seconds to tie that point total. The Cougars would go on to score 44 points, shut out the Yellowjackets and capture its third state final in four seasons Nov. 29 at Ford Field.

“I'm proud of my guys as always, but I think, evidently, it's obvious we have work to do," Country Day coach Dan MacLean said. "We have work to do to get better, and I think we will. We got a good group of kids. It was a good year. Disappointing finish, obviously.”

The Cougars scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to jump out to an 18-0 lead. Quarterback Joe Silveri, who led his team in both rushing and passing, had a hand in all of them.

The sophomore hooked up with senior Jace Williams on the first two with passes of 15 and 14 yards, respectively. The third score saw Silveri break off a 53-yard run. 

"When you have teammates like I do, coaches like I do, they put you in the best situation, they help you out no matter what,” Silveri said. “It's easy to be confident when you know everybody's got your back and is going to do their job."

Silveri would find Drew Gommesen late on a 23-yard pass as the Cougars took a 24-0 lead into the half.

The Country Day offense had struggles of its own in the game. The Yellowjackets had 60 yards of total offense compared to Catholic Central’s 395. They had four first downs compared to the Cougars’ 17 and had two turnovers while Catholic Central did not cough up the ball once.

Jacob Yarberry led Country Day in rushing with 13 yards on three carries. Marcus Sheppard led in receiving with 20 yards on two receptions. Quarterback Ahlon Mitchell finished the day with 42 yards on 6-of-10 passing.

"We needed to move the ball a little bit. We didn't help ourselves there," MacLean said. "We were on defense all the time, and they isolated their matchups with their tall receiver and were able to be successful with that. They did a good job."

Catholic Central recorded three more scores in the second half. Silveri ran in his second rushing touchdown of the game, Williams caught his third touchdown of the game and Jake Passinault returned an interception for a touchdown.

The Yellowjackets finish the season 13-1 overall for the second time in four years. They recorded their best offensive season in program history and their best defensive season since 2015.