Photo Courtesy of Laurie Timmer


For the West Catholic football program, their magic number was seven on Saturday afternoon. Seven was the amount of points that the Falcon defense held an otherwise potent Berrien Springs offensive unit all season (38.3 points per game average). Seven was also the amount of turnovers that they forced in the game, two of which they returned for touchdowns. As a result, West Catholic advanced to their seventh straight Division 5 semifinals with a thirty-three point victory.

From the start, West Catholic was all over the Shamrocks. Quarterback Gaetano Vallone found two-way star Sam Neville for the game’s first touchdown. Early in the second quarter, Vallone again took to the air as he found Aaron Hall for the game’s second touchdown. Vallone finished the game with 137 yards passing as he completed 61% of his passes.

Former starting quarterback David Fox expanded the lead as he took to the ground for a 43 yard run. He ended up leading the Falcons in rushing today with 81 yards on six carries.

West Catholic’s defense and special teams joined the scoring party as two-way player Sam Neville scooped up a fumble in the second quarter and returned it to the house for his second touchdown of the game. Sirovant also recovered a fumble in the third quarter and returned it to the end zone. Kicker Liam Putz, one of the most reliable kickers in West Michigan this year, added a pair of field goals from 28 and 34 yards to round out the scoring.

With the win, West Catholic advanced to the state semifinals where they will take on the Muskrats of Algonac. Algonac is 11-1 on the season, and they reached the fourth weekend of the postseason by defeating Ida 38-22. . You can listen to the game live starting at 12:30 at


TimeScoreScoring Play
1Q 6:11WC 7-0Vallone 29yd pass to Neville
2Q 9:58WC 13-0Vallone 16yd pass to Hall
2Q 7:44WC 19-0Fox 43yd run
2Q 3:05WC 27-0Neville Fumble Recovery
2Q 0:58WC 30-0L.Putz 28yd FG
3Q 9:47WC 37-0Siroven Fumble Recovery
4Q 5:16WC 40-0L.Putz 34yd FG
4Q 0:35WC 40-7M.Henderson 11yd run