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A week ago, the Catholic Central Cougars opened their 2017 season by defeating the Detroit Country Day Yellowjackets, the 2017 runner-up in Division 4. This week, they faced another team who ended their season at Ford Field as Detroit Loyola, the Division 7 State Champion, came to Grand Rapids on Thursday night. The result was much of the same for Catholic, as they controlled the game from the start in a 22-8 victory.

The two teams flashed their defensive strength in the first half, as only a single touchdown was scored. In the first quarter, Catholic Central started the scoring as Alec Winden converted a 23-yard field goal attempt. The Cougars would expand their lead early in the second quarter as quarterback Jack Bowen connected with Nate Trudeau for a 25-yard touchdown pass. After the two-point try was unsuccessful, Catholic Central led 9-0, a lead that would hold as the two teams entered the locker room.

Catholic Central wasted no time in scoring in the third quarter, as Erik Grabow took the opening kickoff of the half 75 yards to the end zone. After a two-point conversion, the lead was extended to seventeen points. Three minutes later, the defense of the Cougars once again flexed their muscle as they forced an errant snap resulting in a safety.

Just prior to the end of the third quarter, Alec Winden hit his second field goal of the evening, this one from thirty yards, and Catholic Central would take a 22-0 lead. The fourth quarter was another strong display of defense by Catholic, though they did relinquish a touchdown with ninety seconds to play.

The Cougar defense has nearly pitched a pair of shutouts in both contests, allowing just fifteen points total. They have picked up where they left off a season ago, when they allowed an average of eight points per game en route to their Division 4 State Championship.

Next week, the Cougars will begin conference play as they attempt to defend their OK-Blue title. They will begin league play against Allendale, who finished in a three-way tie for the league title with Catholic Central and West Catholic. This will be the third straight home game for the Cougars, as Allendale will come to town with a 1-1 record, including a 42-0 victory on Thursday night over Calvin Christian.


1Q 6:31CC 3-0A.Winden 23yd FG
2Q 8:09CC 9-0J.Bowen 25yd pass to N.Trudeau
3Q 11:48CC 17-0E.Grabow 75yd kickoff return
3Q 8:23CC 19-0SAFETY
3Q 0:13CC 22-0A.Winden 30yd FG
4Q 1:35CC 22-8O.Pagan 7yd run. 2PT Conversion.