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Warriors Defeat Pilots 10-6

Posted by Atif Lodhi on Oct 07 2006 at 05:00PM PDT
***From the Detroit News, October 7th, 2006*** http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061007/SPORTS05/610070406/1049 WARREN -- This is becoming a habit for Birmingham Brother Rice. The Warriors' defense was responsible for another victory, and this one clinched at least a share of the Catholic League Central Division title. Brother Rice held Warren DeLaSalle to 165 yards and its star running back, Jimmy Berezik, to 100 below his average and defeated the Pilots 10-6 on Friday at the Warren Community Center. Berezik came in needing 172 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, but the Warriors would have none of it. Berezik ran hard and had 21 carries, but he could only manage 53 yards. "We knew that Jimmy was the kid to stop," Brother Rice All-State linebacker Chris Colasanti said. "All of the films we watched -- against (Detroit) Catholic Central and (Dearborn) Divine Child -- he was the one breaking through. Our main objective was to stop Jimmy. The D-line was amazing. The credit goes to them." Brother Rice (7-0), ranked No. 1, is 4-0 in the division and can clinch the title outright with a victory next Saturday night against Dearborn Divine Child. DeLaSalle (5-1, 3-1), ranked No. 21, can earn a share of the title by defeating Orchard Lake St. Mary's next Friday and a Divine Child victory. All of the scoring came in the first half as DeLaSalle took a 3-0 lead on a 19-yard field goal by Kyle Torzy with 1:13 left in the first quarter. Brother Rice answered on its next drive as quarterback Mike Cappetto (10-of-16, 191 yards) threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Kaunda Hancock for a 7-3 lead. A 69-yard kickoff return by Berezik set up the Pilots' final points -- a 22-yard field goal by Torzy. Dustin Greenbury's 31-yard field goal with 5:17 left gave the Warriors the 10-6 lead. "We knew we couldn't give up the big play and we did it once," DeLaSalle coach Paul Verska said. "We got down there twice and couldn't score (a touchdown). It was a fun game. I'd like to play them again. We showed we could play with anyone." DeLaSalle threatened once in the second half when a Torzy field-goal try from 32 yards was blocked with 9:17 left in the game. Neither team made many mistakes. Each had an interception, Brother Rice committed two penalties, one was a delay at the end of the game, and DeLaSalle did not commit a penalty. The homecoming crowd had the Pilots geared up for the upset and Brother Rice coach Al Fracassa knew his team was in for a tight game. "We knew it was going to be a hard-hitting game," he said. "It was one of those games where I think the people got a kick out of each team hitting each other. They're a great team. "Our defense did a fantastic job, especially against that No. 21 (Berezik). He's fast. "We passed early because we didn't want to get smashed by them. We figured it would open up the running game." Cappetto attempted 13 passes in the first half, five on the first three drives. You can reach Tom Markowski at tom.markowski@detnews.com The Pilots take on Orchard Lake St. Mary's on Friday, October 13th at 7:00 PM at the Warren Community Center. If the Pilots beat OLSM, they will then take on Brother Rice again in the Prep Bowl on October 21st at 7:00 PM. If they Pilots happen to lose to OLSM, they will then take on either Catholic Central or U of D Jesuit in the Prep Bowl at 1:00 PM on October 21st. So until next week, Good Luck and GO PILOTS!!!

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