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LIVONIA – Michigan Collegiate not only was playing without Coach Alfredo Calderon who hospitalized earlier this week, but the Cougars also had to deal with an unbeaten Clarenceville team that can just plain run the ball.

While Michigan Collegiate coaches and players said they expect Calderon to be released soon from the hospital for an undisclosed condition, the visiting Cougars could not come up with the big play on the field Friday.

Jake Kubiak tossed four scoring passes and Jawan Nelson and Jalen Bryant added a pair of touchdowns each to lead Clarenceville to a 51-21 victory over Michigan Collegiate in a District 5 district playoff game Friday night.

The Trojans improved to 10-0 and will face University Prep in the next round.

Michigan Collegiate finished the season at 6-4.

“It was a real emotional game - we left it on the field,” Michigan Collegiate junior quarterback Rudy Hayes said Friday. “They made the plays – we didn’t.

“Coach Fredo (Alfredo Calderon) is doing well in the hospital,” Hayes added.

Clarenceville of the Western Wayne Athletic Conference established a ground game to take time off the clock in the second half and ended the night with 298 yards on the ground. Last week, the Trojans amassed over 400 yards rushing.

“We’ve living the dream,” Clarenceville coach Ken Fry said Friday. “They fought hard, and I believe their coach is in the hospital. They (Michigan Collegiate) played their heart out.”

Clarenceville mixed up the ground game with an air assault as Kubiak found a streaking Nelson on a 41-yard touchdown strike for a 44-21 lead late in the third.

“We have been running and passing the ball real well,” said Fry.

The Trojans put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter when they recovered a Cougars fumble at the 2. Bryant scored his second TD from 2 yards out on the first play from scrimmage for a commanding 51-21 lead with 7:52 left.

With Michigan Collegiate’s Calderon not at the game, the interim head coaching duties fell on assistant coach John Guth.

Guth, however, was unavailable for comment on Friday after he had to help contain players from both sides after a skirmish broke out as teams departed the field. There were no fights and the Michigan Collegiate team bus left the field without further incident.

Not only was it an emotional night, but it was a high-scoring affair as an entertaining first half concluded when David Vanderkerckhove kicked a 26-yard field goal with 29 seconds left to put Clarenceville’s ahead, 37-21.

Michigan Collegiate - of the Charter Schools League - did not quit in a high-scoring first half despite falling behind by 21.

Trailing 34-13 Kevin Stitts recovered a James Hill fumble to give the Cougars’ the ball with 6:03 left before the half. Melvin Taylor caught a 22-yard pass from Hayes, and Brian Jones hauled in a 10-yard pass to put the ball down to the 11.

Jones then finished the impressive Cougars drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass reception from Hayes with 4:26 left before the half to cut the lead to 34-21. Jones scored on a 2-point pass conversion from Hayes.

There were offensive fireworks on each drive in the first half as Nelson, a senior, hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kubiak, a junior, with 9:14 left for a 33-13 advantage.

“We’ve worked hard for this since January,” Kubiak said Friday. “It’s the farthest this team’s ever been in the playoffs. It’s definitely been a special season.”

Clarenceville led 27-7 but Michigan Collegiate back Raoul Harlin returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a spectacular touchdown run to cut the lead to 27-13 at 1:52 of the first quarter.

Harlin exhibited blazing speed fighting though would-be tacklers near midfield and sprinted up the sideline untouched for the score.

Kimani Dooley, a 6-foot-3 senior, took a 10-yard pass from Kubiak and danced into the end zone at 2:07 to give the Trojans a commanding 27-7 bulge. The drive took four plays to go 50 yards.

Michigan Collegiate got on the board for the first time with 3:41 left in the opening quarter when Kenneth Butler scored on a 15-yard touchdown run up the gut to cut the Trojans lead to 20-7. Hayes kicked the extra point. Butler was outstanding for the Cougars defensively at his linebacker position.

It was 20-0 halfway through the first quarter after Hayes fumbled and Clarenceville’s Douglas Wible recovered it at 5:36. The turnover set up senior ‘birthday boy’ Brandon Uren’s 2-yard yard TD run with 5:10 left in the first for the host Trojans. Uren’s mother was quoted in the press box as saying her son “finally turned 17.”

Clarenceville went 95 yards in four plays to take a 13-0 lead. Kubiak tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to senior Carlon Davis, who is listed at just 143 pounds.

It took Clarenceville two plays to go 60 yards on the opening drive and take a 6-0 lead. Dooley was part of a 45-yard pass play to set up the score.

Clarenceville’s Bryant took the next play 15 yards to the end zone at 11:09 for the first score of the game, and his first of two TDs on the night.

Last Updated: 11/1/2013 11:19:03 PM EST