Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thoughts From Catholic Central's D-1 state final loss

- Is Cass Tech to Catholic Central becoming what East Grand Rapids was to Orchard Lake St. Mary's from a couple of years ago? I believe that is the case for these two teams. There are quite a few similarities to take between the two, even considering that there are different circumstances.

- The second half started almost exactly like it did in the first half as Cass Tech came up with a big play on its first drive, while Catholic Central started its first drive with a turnover.

- Mike Weber tortured the Catholic Central defense all game long as he broke off big run after big run to seal the win for the Technicians.

- Arguable the biggest play of the second half was the third play of the half when Weber carried the ball for over 50 yards on a 3rd down and 10 from deep inside Cass Tech's own end, which turned into a touchdown on the very next play for the Technicians.

- One of the bright spots on the afternoon for Catholic Central was sophomore linebacker David Widzinski, who led the way on defense for the Shamrocks with 15 tackles on the day.

- Junior receiver Zach Bock made a pair of touchdown grabs on the day for Catholic Central, including one to cut the Cass Tech lead down to just 12-7.

- The first quarter really seemed to take the wind out of Catholic Central. After all of the waiting and wanting revenge on Cass Tech, the Shamrocks started out in a 12-0 hole before the blink of an eye.

- If you're looking for the next team to "dominate" the state of Michigan, look no further than Cass Tech. With sophomore quarterback Jayru Campbell already having two state titles under his belt in two tries, it's not outlandish to think he could lead the Technicians to four straight state titles.

- You really can't help but marvel at all of the speed and athleticism that Cass Tech has, with a grand total of 19 Division 1 college players on the roster, it's not a surprise that people are calling the Technicians a potential dynasty in the PSL as well as D-1 as a whole.

- Don't forget about the type of legacy that the Catholic Central seniors will leave behind. Many of them were with the program for the state championship win in 2009 and helped lead the Shamrocks to three state finals appearances in four years.

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