Published November 9, 2013
Catholic Central football team wins fifth straight district title, beats Walled Lake Western 37-27
By Mike Moore firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Mike on Twitter.
WALLED LAKE — The gusts were unforgiving, altering passes, punts and play calls.
But even as it howled around Warriors Stadium, the winds weren’t about to change in the landscape of the Division 1 football playoffs.
Consecutive runners-up in the past two state finals, Novi Detroit Catholic Central kept its season alive, beating Walled Lake Western Saturday afternoon 37-27.
“We made some big plays when we needed to,” Catholic Central coach Tom Mach said. “The guys played hard to the end, and that’s what really matters.”
The Shamrocks (9-3), into the regional round for the fifth straight season, capped their 86-yard opening drive with a 2-yard run by Dylan Roney.
Kyle Bambard answered right back, though, hitting Steven Meister with a 20-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors a 7-6 lead.
Zach Bock answered back for C.C., hauling in a 33-yard touchdown pass and then returning a fumble 20 yards for a 21-7 lead with 4:24 remaining the first half.
John Simmons scored on an 8-yard run for Western, but Bock hauled in a 64-yard pass from Sean Birney before the first half ended, giving C.C. a 28-14 lead at the break.
The wind was a huge factor all afternoon, and following a 77-yard C.C. punt in the third, Western was pinned deep in its own end, eventually resulting in a safety when Bambard kneeled down to field a punt snap.
C.C. led 30-14 after the third, and while Western’s offense got going again in the fourth, a 1-yard run by Bambard and a 1-yard touchdown catch by David Walczyk bookended Bock’s 66-yard touchdown run, one that seemed to take momentum of the game for good.
“Their defense has scored points for them, and they have good personnel on offense to where if you make a mistake whatsoever, they get behind you and they catch the ball and do things,” Western head coach Mike Zdebski said. “The offense did a great job, and defensively in the third quarter, we played well.”
Western ends its season with a 9-2 mark.
Catholic Central travels to Temperance Bedford (11-0) next weekend for the regional final.