Bulldogs battle in regional final
Loyola wins big against Britton-Deerfield, 32-0; East English falls to OL St. Mary, 42-26
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — The Nov. 10 regional final saw a good outcome for one team of Bulldogs and a not-so-good outcome for another. Loyola High School won the Division 7 Regional Championship.
They extended their record to 12-0 as the Bulldogs pounded Britton-Deerfield 32-0 in a contest at Madison Heights Bishop Foley.
On the other hand, the East English Village Bulldogs put up a good fight but dropped a 42-26 decision against Catholic League A-B Champion Orchard Lake St. Mary in a Division 3 Regional Championship game played at St. Mary’s, ending their season at 9-3.
“I was very pleased with play on both sides of the ball,” said Loyola head coach John Callahan,
“We have some things to work, but I’m happy with our sixth shutout of the season.
“The offensive line is our strength and they did a good job blocking for (running back Keymonne) Gabriel.”
On the Bulldogs’ offensive side, Gabriel (21 carries, 200 yards) scored touchdown runs of 75, 25 and 30 yards.
Quarterback Toby Sharpe teamed up with Calvin Jackson on other Loyola touchdowns. Sharpe threw a 30-yard scoring strike to Jackson. Sharpe and Gabriel each scored on a pair of two-point conversions.
The defense was led by linebackers Darryl Clemmons and Paul Ingram. Other performers were defensive end Malik McDaniel, who had three sacks, and nose guard Anthony Fitzpatrick, who had three tackles in the offensive backfield for losses.
The Bulldogs will travel to Fenton High on Nov. 17 to play Flint Beecher (8-4) in the Division 7 Semi-Finals at 1 p.m.
East English Village got a good jump on the Eaglets when Juwan Green returned the opening kickoff 98 yards to start the contest. The Bulldogs led 6-0 and again 12-7 before St. Mary’s took over.
The Eaglets led 21-12 at the half and 35-12 through three quarters before the Bulldogs tacked on any more points.
East English running back Desmond King gained 194 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns against the St. Mary’s defense.