Monday, November 19, 2012

Unsung Heroes leading the way to Ford Field

Garrett Moores - Novi Detroit Catholic Central QB
Most are well aware of the 1-2 combo of Anthony Darkangelo and David Houle in the Shamrock backfield, but Moores has had just as much success in the Catholic Central backfield as anyone. Moores had a long touchdown run in the district and regional final wins for the Shamrocks and has been one of the better passers in the state since the playoffs started.

The Catholic Central Offensive Line
The Shamrocks have been arguably the hottest team in the state since the playoffs got underway and a big reason for that has been because of their massive offensive line. With the powerful run game of Houle and Darkangelo finding plenty of holes to run through and the line keeping Moores upright, the Shamrocks have gone back to their old school style, which is a big reason as to why they are back at Ford Field for the second straight year.

Grant Niemiec - Orchard Lake St. Mary's LB 
Everyone knows just how good of a running back Niemiec has been in 2012, but very few know just how good he's been from his linebacker position this year. The Miami (OH) University bound senior has picked up right where the Eaglet linebacking trio from 2011 left off and is a big reason as to why St. Mary's is one win from back-to-back state titles.

The OLSM Offensive Line
This might sound like a recording from what I just said about the Shamrock's offensive line, but the same holds true for the road graters for the Eaglets. With the St. Mary's rushing attack going over 300 yards in a game on several occasions this year, a lot of credit goes to the offensive line for busting open holes for Niemiec and Parker McInnis.

Tyler Wiegers - Birmingham Detroit Country Day QB
While junior running back Richie Wilson has had a sensational season, totaling over 30 touchdowns and well over 1,200 yards rushing on the season, Wiegers has kept defenses honest all year with his arm. The junior signal caller tossed three touchdown passes in the regional final for the Yellowjackets and threw for just under 200 yards in last week's blowout win over Saginaw Swan Valley.

Gianmarco Rea - Birmingham Detroit Country Day LB/FB
If you're looking for someone who can take care of the dirty work, Rea does just that on both sides of the ball for the Yellowjackets. One of the best fullbacks in the area when it comes to busting open holes for Wilson, while also proving to be one of the most consistent producers on the defensive side of the ball. What he does might not be pretty, but it gets the job done on both sides for Country Day.

Lucas Cherocci - Birmingham Brother Rice LB
Playing next to Michigan State-bound Jon Reschke has taken some of the spotlight away from Cherocci, but the senior linebacker has been another key impact player on the Warrior's defense all season long. Cherocci finished the regular season with 81 tackles and has been just as good in the playoffs for a Brother Rice defense that has allowed just 10 points in its last two playoff games.

Sergio Perkovic/Kevin Henry/Alberto Sandoval/Peter DePorre - Birmingham Brother Rice DL
This might be the best defensive line in the state, most teams have one or two dominant forces on the defensive line, but the Warriors have four who can dominate at any time. With Perkovic, Henry and DePorre able to get to the quarterback at will, and Sandoval proving to be one of the state's best run-stoppers, the Brother Rice defensive line has been key in shutting down opposing offenses.

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