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FOOTBALL: Notre Dame Prep knocks off Ortonville Brandon to remain unbeaten WITH VIDEO

PONTIAC­­­­ — Pontiac Notre Dame Prep remained perfect on the season with a strong 48-8 victory over Ortonville Brandon Friday.

The Fighting Irish (3-0) had the luck of the Irish on their side on the first possession. Attempting to punt the ball, Anthony Gunn had his punt blocked by a host of Brandon defenders. But Gunn picked up the loose football and ran for 26 yards and a first down allowing the Irish to keep their possession.

The very next play, Fighting Irish quarterback Brenden Newvine ran a quarterback keeper for 48 yards and a touchdown with 4:07 left in the first quarter.

From there the Irish dominated. After a second forced punt by the Irish defense, they were able to score again with a 9-yard run by running back Jermaih Johnson early in the second quarter making the score 14-0 Irish with 10:17 left in second quarter.

The game got out of hand on the Fighting Irish third possession when quarterback Brenden Newvine threw a 65-yard touchdown catch and run to Reid Siano. This put the Irish up 21-0 over Brandon.

Shortly after, the Irish forced Brandon to punt the ball away to Johnson. Johnson broke his own record by running the punt back 82 yards for the fourth touchdown of the game.

“I actually didn’t know I broke my own record. I owe it all to my blockers because without them I would not have been able to run that back (touchdown),” said Johnson.

Johnson produced more than the 82-yard touchdown return. He also ran the ball 13 times for 75 yards with two additional rushing touchdowns and caught three passes for 22 yards.

“We played well tonight," Irish coach Kyle Zimmerman said. "We executed offensively and defensively. We got better and we got a lot of work (second string squad) in the second half.”

Newvine also was a major contributor for the Irish. The dual-threat quarterback went 6-for-10 passing with 141 yards and a touchdown pass and had 15 carries for 157 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.

“(Brandon is) a Class A school, they have bigger kids than us, physically, and run a lot of different stunts on defense. Our offense was able to be efficient running and passing the ball,” said Zimmerman of Brandon.

The Irish (3-0) play Flint Powers Catholic next week.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge. I got my coaching start up there in Flint so were pretty geeked up for it,” said Zimmerman.

Ortonville Brandon (1-2) will be away at Fenton next week.

Last Updated: 9/14/2013 12:28:42 PM EST

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