Loss in Prep Bowl doesn’t deter ultimate goal for Shrine football

By: Mike Moore | Royal Oak Review | Published October 26, 2011

 Shrine junior Jack Wangler carries the ball during the 2011 Prep Bowl at Ford Field. Shrine lost to Loyola 40-0. In other action that day, Notre Dame Prep beat Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 38-7 and Catholic Central got past Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 21-7.

Shrine junior Jack Wangler carries the ball during the 2011 Prep Bowl at Ford Field. Shrine lost to Loyola 40-0. In other action that day, Notre Dame Prep beat Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 38-7 and Catholic Central got past Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 21-7.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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DETROIT — Entering Ford Field on a sunny and warm fall afternoon, the Royal Oak Shrine football team was unbeaten and riding a wave of confidence months in the making.

Exiting Ford Field on a dark and cool fall evening, the Knights are a one-loss team refusing to let any of that confidence subside, no matter what the past couple of hours had produced.

“We’ll watch the film, and we’ll be better because of this,” senior running back Raymond Brown said after a 40-0 loss to Detroit Loyola in the C-D championship game of the Catholic League’s Prep Bowl. “We just have to refocus and come together. This team still has a lot of football to play this year.”

And letting one game detract at all from the football that’s already been played is a mistake coach John Goddard won’t allow.

At 8-1, his Knights had their best regular season since the 2008 team went 9-0.

Entering the Loyola game, Shrine had outscored its opponents 259-49, had three defensive shutouts and allowed more than one touchdown in a game just once.

“You have to be a darn good team to get to this point in the season,” Goddard said after the loss. “Sure, you fall in a game like this and it takes some of the wind out of your sails as far as experiencing all this, but getting to the Prep Bowl is a lot to be proud of.”

“This is awesome,” Brown said as he walked off the field. “Being here is pretty cool, there’s no doubt about that.”

The end result is something the Knights won’t celebrate, but the 2011 team carried on what has been a strong and recurring tradition for the program.

This year’s game marked the sixth time in the past 11 years Shrine has played for a Catholic League title. The Knights have been to Ford Field in three of the past four years, winning their last Prep Bowl in 2008 in a 37-0 victory over Allen Park Cabrini.

Still, Goddard and his guys know there’s no sense in looking back now.

Shrine opens the Division 7 playoffs at home against Grosse Pointe University Liggett (9-0); game and time had yet to be determined. Check our website at www.candgnews.com for local matchups.

“You have to look forward to what we can still do with this group,” Goddard said. “I mean, there’s only (256) teams that get to be part of this now.”


 

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