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Loyola, Cass Tech earn first wins of season



Prep Kickoff Classic at WSU

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Loyola vs. Cass Tech

Both Loyola Academy and Cass Tech picked up their first victories Aug. 30 in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University to start the 2013 prep football season. Loyola relied on the big play to defeat East English Village, 20-12, while Cass Tech had to overcome a series of mistakes and drive-killing penalties to overcome Southfield, 18-14.

The Prep Kickoff Classic, sponsored by the Detroit Sports Commission was a three day extravaganza of high school games, played Aug. 29-31. The Detroit schools played Aug. 30.

The Loyola vs. East English Village game — dubbed “The Battle Of The Bulldogs” as both teams have the same mascot —, began the competitions. The first quarter saw both teams turn the ball over either through fumbles or interceptions.  East English blew two scoring opportunities; quarterback Anton Curtis threw an interception to Loyola’s Anthony Frierson in the end zone and a 16 yard run by Nate Bowlware was called back due to a holding penalty.

After a scoreless first quarter, East English got on the board first in the second quarter, when Curtis hit Armani Posey on an 18 yard strike to give the East English a 6-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, the other Loyola answered back when Keith Graves returned it 83-yards for the tying touchdown. The two-point conversion run by Paul Engram gave Loyola an 8-6 lead. The Loyola defense made it a 14-6 contest when Marvin Campbell recovered a fumble in the end zone.

Up by 8 points, Loyola started the second half off with a bang when Campbell bolted 70-yards to pay dirt, giving Loyola a 20-6 lead after three quarters of play.

However, East English didn’t throw in the towel. Curtis, still managed to throw a second touchdown pass, cutting Loyola’s eventual victory to 20-12.

Loyola Head Coach John Callahan wasn’t pleased with the three fumbles list during the game as well as the lack of pass defense.

“East English was a very tough opponent,” said Callahan.  “But we can’t play like this to win the CHSL. We have a lot of work to do.”

Cass Tech vs. Southfield

Cass Tech’s matchup with Southfield was the third and final contest of the day with 6,583 in attendance. The Cass Tech Technicians started things off on the right foot when junior quarterback Jayru Campbell hit junior running back Mike Weber on a 30 yard pass play to give the Technicians a 6-0 lead after one quarter of play

The Southfield Bluejays then tied the contest when senior quarterback threw a 48 yard touchdown pass to junior split end Ray Buford. The PAT by Anthony Springer made it a 7-6 contest in favor of Southfield. With 6.3 seconds left  in the first half, Cass Tech’s Weber raced in from 11-yards out, giving the Technicians the lead at halftime.

Southfield scored again when junior strong safety Adrian Carter recovered what Cass’ QT Campbell fumbled and returned it 41 yards to score. The tides turned again in the third, as Campbell found Damon Webb on a 28 yard touchdown pass to give the Technicians an 18-14 win.

“We really have a lot of pride,” Weber said. “Southfield is a good football team. We’re going to take this season one game at a time because we want to be champs again.”

Cass Tech head coach Tom Wilcher wasn’t impressed with the drive-killing penalties. Three Technicians touchdowns, including a 47-yard run by Weber, were called back due to holding penalties.  He was very happy, however, with the win.

“We overcame a lot of missed opportunities and penalties to get this victory,” he said. “We can do a lot better. We have to go back to the drawing board if we want to be victorious the rest of the season.”

Cass’ Mike Weber was voted Player of the Game by Muscle Milk, one of the Kickoff Classic’s main sponsors.


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