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FOOTBALL: Catholic Central rolls U-D Jesuit for fifth straight Boys' Bowl win WITH TOUT VIDEOS

NOVI — Novi Detroit Catholic Central’s coaching staff was curious how their team would react the week after a close loss.

Entering the season, the Shamrocks (5-1, 1-1 CHSL Central) didn’t have a roster rich with playing experience. However, Catholic Central’s players have been a pleasant surprise all year, as well as in Sunday’s 69th Boys’ Bowl.

Catholic Central dominated play in every facet of the game on its way to a 42-3 win over Detroit U-D Jesuit.

“We put a lot of emphasis on this win because it sets the tone for the next couple of weeks. From here on out, everyone gets tougher and tougher. But for us to rebound after a loss, and play the way we did, I’m really happy,” Novi Detroit Catholic Central head coach Tom Mach said.

The Shamrocks didn’t waste any time putting last week behind them from the opening kick on through the fourth quarter.

On the opening drive after forcing the Cubs (4-2, 0-2 CHSL Central) to punt after four plays, Catholic Central took to the ground with much success. Senior Connor Holton ripped off a 21-yard carry to the Jesuit’s 26 yard line. Then, senior Sean Birney threw a 15-yard pass to fellow senior Zach Bock.

Those plays would set up a 1-yard touchdown run by senior Dylan Roney for his only touchdown of the game for a 7-0 lead with 5:11 to play in the first quarter.

On the ensuing possession for the Shamrocks, Bock busted out a 66-yard touchdown run of his own to give Catholic Central a 14-0 lead.

After a 20-yard field goal by Cubs kicker Thomas Forester, the Shamrocks stepped on the gas peddle thanks to it’s back up fullback junior Nick Giese.

“(Giese) is developing into a nice fullback. He read the holes well that the offensive line opened up for him, and he follows his blocking. All of that makes him a fine running back, and hopefully he continues to get better each week,” Mach said.

Giese would score two touchdowns from close range. Both of them, one before the half and the other in the third quarter, were on two-yard runs. However, his third touchdown was the most impressive to cap the third quarter.

On a second-and-long, Giese took the hand off and bounced the run to the right side. After he slowed down to juke a defender, he exploded towards the end zone capping a 15-yard touchdown run for a 42-3 lead with 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Catholic Central would also get a 40-yard touchdown run from senior Connor Holton in the third quarter to build upon its lead.

The win gives the Shamrocks its longest win streak, five games, since the Boys’ Bowl game was first played back in 1944. Sunday’s game was the fifth meeting between Catholic Central and U-D Jesuit during Boys’ Bowl.

When Coach Mach was asked about now holding the longest win streak in history, he wasn’t aware of it.

“I didn’t realize that, but that’s great,” he said. “There is an awful lot of things we do for this game. We have a great assembly; our hallways in the school are lined with posters. We just have great support from this community.

“As a coach we don’t have to do much this week because everybody is telling our kids they better win.”

Previously the Shamrocks’ longest win streak was four games, which has been met three times (1985-88, 1990-93, and 1997-2000).

Now the Shamrocks will prepare for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in hopes to climb the standings in the Central division. But, Mach will be the first to tell you how tough that game will be.

“They’re always tough,” he said. “St. Mary’s always fields a great, tough football team. Our games against them are always close.

“I’m just glad we have them at home.”

Last Updated: 10/6/2013 5:20:35 PM EST

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