Grand Rapids Catholic Central has a legitimate claim for the team of the decade in Division 4. The Cougars have won 101 games and three state championships (2010, 2016, 2017) since the start of 2010. This weekend, they earned that 101st victory, and moved one game closer to their fourth title of the decade with a blowout victory against the Cadillac Vikings.
Cadillac and their triple-option offense controlled the clock early in this game, slowing down a potent Cougars’ offense (34.1 PPG). Near the end of the first quarter, Joey Silveri used his legs to put Catholic Central on the board. His one yard keeper made it 7-0 after the first quarter of play.
Early in the second quarter, Silveri continued to thrive; this time he used his arm. He had a thirty yard touchdown pass to Shawn Wells, giving the Cougars a fourteen point lead. As the Cougars’ defense began to stack the box and stifle the Vikings’ offense, the offense continued to thrive. Silveri scored his third touchdown on a fifty yard run to make it 21-0. Just a few moments later, Silveri threw for his fourth touchdown of the game. Before the half ended, Silveri rushed for a six yard score. His five touchdowns made it 35-0 after the first half of play.
In the second half, Cadillac got off to a great start. After recording a stop defensively, they marched all the way down to the Catholic Central 27 yard line. They were unable to convert a fourth down play, and they turned the ball back over to Catholic Central. With the running clock in effect, the offensive possessions were limited. Silveri got his sixth touchdown of the game when he found Malachi Love for a thirty nine yard score.
The Vikings did score a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the one score was all they could muster up in the 42-7 loss. With the victory, Catholic Central advances to next Saturday’s semifinals. Their next opponent will be the Unity Christian Crusaders, who advanced to this round with a victory over Paw Paw on Friday night. This game will take place at a netural site location that has yet to be announced. This will be the seventh time since 2010 that these two teams have met in the postseason, with the Cougars winning four of the previous six matchups.