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FOOTBALL: Bishop Foley improves to 3-0 with big win over Harper Woods

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley ran away with a big win over Harper Woods on Friday. The Ventures won in wire-to-wire fashion, scoring the first 34 points of the game. The scoring continued even with a running clock, with the Ventures winning 48-6.

The first three touchdowns came on first-half passes from Brendan McMahon. Twice the senior quarterback found junior receiver Antonio Capaldi. The other was a 37-yard strike to senior Nicolas Gwisdalla. McMahon finished with over 100 yards passing on the game.

“We had some players step up and had some big performances. Harper Woods was a very physical team that just made some mistakes. We made some mistakes too, but we answered in a big way.” Venture coach Sean Cobb said of his team’s performance.

Cobb highlighted the play of two running backs, senior Stephen Redding and junior Reggie Golfin. Both players were involved on scoring drives, each recording a rushing touchdown in the second half.

Cobb said he knows the importance of a game like this.

“This is a game we needed to win and I’m proud of the way we played. Going into Catholic League play, we need the confidence this win gives us," he said.

For Harper Woods, multiple penalties and seven turnovers stalled the team from getting any momentum. However, the team never quit and scored late in the fourth quarter. A big reception by Lawrence Turner was stopped just short of the end zone. Turner would score on the following play.

Harper Woods coach Jim Henry was proud of his team’s effort. “Here’s the thing, our guys are hungry, we’re disciplined… but most importantly, more than anything else, we just got to finish," Henry said.

While Harper Woods had trouble sustaining drives and stopping Bishop Foley’s momentum, the defense still caused two turnovers (both fumbles) and made an impact on the Ventures.

“Harper Woods is a hard-hitting team, no doubt, they have some great football players and we know this win was not handed to us,” Cobb said of Harper Woods' physical play.

Bishop Foley goes on the road next week, opening Catholic League play against rival Royal Oak Shrine. Both teams are 3-0.

Harper Woods will look to rebound with a game at Detroit Edison Academy Friday.

Last Updated: 9/14/2013 12:32:23 PM EST

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