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On Saturday at Catholic Central, the Cougars and the Eskymos of Escanaba faced off in the Division 4 Regional Championship game. A spot in the state semifinals was on the line, a place Catholic Central had not reached since 2010, and Escanaba since their 1981 State Championship season. After a slow start, the Cougars got a key punt return touchdown by Antonio Strong to propel them to a 34-0 victory.
Catholic Central struck early in the first quarter as Michael Brown put the Cougars on the board with a twelve yard pass. Two field goals of 31 and 47 yards extended their lead, but headed into the locker room it was just a thirteen point deficit for the Eskymos.
Antonio Strong’s punt return sparked the momentum for Catholic Central, as he put the Cougars up 20 with seven minutes left in the third quarter. Strong found the end zone on the ground as he rushed for six yards in the fourth quarter. With the game out of reach, Eric Grabow found a seam and ran 71 yards to the house to put Catholic Central up 34-0.
With the win, Catholic Central advances to the Division 4 Semifinals, where they will take on Hudsoville Unity Christian, who advanced to the semis with a 36-16 win over Lakewood. The past two seasons, these schools have met in the playoffs, and Unity won both meetings, first a 46-43 pre-district win, and then a 23-21 victory in last year’s district finals. Catholic Central defeated Unity Christian twice (2011, 2012) in the first round of the playoffs prior to these meetings. The postseason rubber match will take place at a time, date and neutral site location to be determined. The winner earns a spot in the Division 4 State Championship at Ford Field, where they will take on the winner of Detroit Country Day and River Rouge.
|1Q 9:49||CC 7-0||M.Brown 12yd pass. (XP Good)|
|2Q 6:22||CC 10-0||47yd Field Goal.|
|2Q 2:25||CC 13-0||31yd Field Goal.|
|3Q 7:46||CC 20-0||A.Strong Punt Return TD. (XP Good)|
|4Q 5:59||CC 27-0||A.Strong 6yd run. (XP Good)|
|4Q 2:24||CC 34-0||E.Grabow 71yd run. (XP Good)|