The Grosse Pointe North defensive line lines up before a play against Grosse Pointe South. The Norsemen lost the game, 54-0.

The Grosse Pointe North defensive line lines up before a play against Grosse Pointe South. The Norsemen lost the game, 54-0.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Grosse Pointe South runs past Grosse Pointe North in rivalry showdown

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 12, 2018

 Grosse Pointe South senior quarterback Ryan Downey runs the ball against Grosse Pointe North. Downey had a 34-yard touchdown rush in the game.

Grosse Pointe South senior quarterback Ryan Downey runs the ball against Grosse Pointe North. Downey had a 34-yard touchdown rush in the game.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

Grosse Pointe South scored early and often in its rivalry showdown with Grosse Pointe North to claim the Macomb Area Conference White Division title, winning 54-0. 

 

The Blue Devils (8-0 overall) scored on all but one of their possessions in the game, and eight of their nine drives started in North (1-7) territory. South scored five touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. 

 

Junior Kevin McCarron, senior Brady McCarron, senior Conor McKenna, senior Ryan Downey and junior Devyn Griffin each had a rushing score. The Blue Devils’ lone passing touchdown came late in the third quarter when junior quarterback Alex Shaheen flipped the ball to senior wide receiver Patrick Dougherty for a 33-yard touchdown. 

 

“We prepared all week to do whatever it took to be ready for whatever they threw at us, and they threw some things at us early, and we overcame them,” South coach Tim Brandon said. “Our kids played very well. Our kids did what they’ve done all year, and that’s prepare and execute. That’s all I can ask. They were physical, they were fast, and we got the job done.” 

 

Not to be outdone by the offense, the Blue Devils’ defense was able to come away with a safety, four sacks, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt for a touchdown. 

 

South senior defensive back Scott Rosati recovered the fumble, senior defensive back Adam Ebenhoeh recovered the blocked punt and junior defensive back Grant Hart made the tackle resulting in a safety. 

 

South will look to finish an undefeated regular season next week when it hosts Romeo High at 7 p.m. Oct. 19. 

 

“They’re great kids. They work hard, they love each other, they’re talented. You can’t take away the fact that they’re talented kids, but they also play for each other and with each other,” Brandon said. 

 

North may have lost the game, but Norsemen coach Joe Drouin was proud of his group's fight. North will look to rebound in the regular-season finale at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at New Baltimore Anchor Bay. 

 

“Our kids fought till the end,” Drouin said. “There’s a great group of younger guys on the team. There’s a great group of senior leadership. They kept fighting, fighting, fighting, and we’re 1-7, and honestly every game we fight to the end.”