Photos courtesy of Lou Murray
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Grand Rapids Catholic Central entered this year’s playoffs as winners of two consecutive State Championships in Division 4. This week, they faced Whitehall in the district title game, and for the twelfth straight time in the playoffs Catholic Central emerged victorious. They had little trouble in this one, coming out with a 42-7 win.
In the first quarter, both touchdowns were scored by Catholic Central. The Cougars started the game with a 23 yard pass play to Jace Williams. On their next drive, Williams was on the receiving end of a 35 yard pass play to give GRCC the 14-0 advantage.
Early in the second quarter, freshman Joey Silveri rushed for a ten yard touchdown to extend the Cougars’ lead to 21 points. Shortly after this however, there was a 17 minute delay as the officials sorted out a penalty and the corresponding yardages and downs on the field. This appeared to stifle the momentum of Catholic Central. Whitehall pounced on the opportunity with a three-yard touchdown run by Sean Carrns to cut the deficit to 21-7 heading into the locker room.
Coming out of the locker room, Coach Todd Kolster had the Cougars locked and loaded. They started the scoring midway through the third quarter when Silveri again used his legs. His five-yard run gave Catholic a 28-7 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Catholic Central scored twice. First it was Erik Grabow, who ran nine yards through the defense for a touchdown. Four minutes later, it was Nick Hollern from five yards out. Catholic Central’s 42-7 lead would not be relinquished, and the Cougars left Friday night with a 35 point victory.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central is back in the regional finals for the third straight season. They will host the winner of the Alma and Escanaba game in next week’s regional finals. Those two teams play tomorrow at noon for their district championship. GRCC has never faced Alma, but they have defeated Escanaba in both of their last two playoff runs.