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Birmingham Detroit Country Day’s Maurice Ways (L) goes up to make a touchdown catch as Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Anthony Gunn (R) defends during the 3rd quarter of the MHSAA Division 4 district final played on Friday Nov. 8, 2013 at Pontiac Notre Dame High School. DCD won the game 49-27. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)

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FOOTBALL: Country Day's offense explodes in shootout victory over Notre Dame Prep WITH TOUT VIDEOS

Birmingham Detroit Country Day quarterback Tyler Wiegers (8) runs up field as Alex Stuart (34) of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep moves in to make the tackle during the first quarter of the MHSAA Division 4 district final played on Friday Nov. 8, 2013 at Pontiac Notre Dame High School. The Yellowjackets defeated the Irish 49-27. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)

Richie Wilson (2) of Birmingham Detroit Country Day gets past Dan Praet (44) of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep to score a touchdown as teammate Jay Keating (75) follows the play during the fourth quarter of the MHSAA Division 4 district final played on Friday Nov. 8, 2013 at Pontiac Notre Dame High School. DCD beat ND Prep 49-27. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)

Birmingham Detroit Country Day’s Jacob Hill (24) makes a move around Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Aidan Cullen (9) during the second quarter of the MHSAA Division 4 district final played on Friday Nov. 8, 2013 at Pontiac Notre Dame High School. The Yellowjackets defeated the Irish 49-27. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)

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Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 27
Birmingham Detroit Country Day 49
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PONTIAC — As a much-anticipated rematch of last season's memorable postseason defensive battle, Friday's Division 4 district final between Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and visiting Birmingham Detroit Country Day went in a much different direction this time, as the offenses ruled the day.

Led by its trio of Division 1-bound college commits, Country Day's offense was operating near its peak level of performance throughout en route to a 49-27 victory over Notre Dame Prep.

With just an eight-point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Yellowjackets pulled away once and for all in the late stages. A 31-yard touchdown run by Richard Wilson (Boston College) on a critical fourth down proved to be the back-breaker, coming with 7:46 to play to return Country Day's lead to a comfortable 15-point margin.

Wilson finished with 74 yards on 10 carries, while his senior teammate, wideout Maurice Ways (Michigan), provided more than his share of production to keep the Yellowjackets' offense moving down the field throughout. Ways hauled in nine receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns and also dashed 40 yards on his only carry of the night.

"We just had a really good game plan," Ways said. "Coaches put together a good game plan to get our playmakers the ball and to exploit the holes they were giving us."

Country Day quarterback Tyler Wiegers (Rutgers) was also highly-efficient, completing 15-of-18 passes for 239 yards. He scored five touchdowns in total.

"Our offense is really starting to click right now and we're really dialed in," Yellowjackets coach Dan MacLean said. "We've got some fine players. Maurice is a matchup nightmare for a lot of people and Tyler was on his game."

"I give our kids a lot of credit. Our offense kind of bailed our defense out tonight, but we made some key stops at key times. Notre Dame Prep, I give them a lot of credit because they play so darn hard."

Despite tumbling into a 21-0 deficit by the early second quarter, Notre Dame Prep found a way to get right back into it by halftime. A 14-yard touchdown grab by Reid Siano drew the Irish closer, down 28-14, going into the intermission.

"We allowed them to make some big plays and we got down, but we battled back and got within (eight points) in the fourth quarter," Irish coach Kyle Zimmerman said. "What more can you do when you've started out like that?"

After receiving the second-half kickoff, Notre Dame Prep marched 59 yards for another touchdown, this time on a 3-yard run by senior running back Jermaih Johnson.

Due to a knee injury sustained in last week's playoff win, Johnson's status for Friday's game was in some doubt. But he showed no ill-effects of the injury, totaling 125 yards of offense on just 11 touches before having the exit the game with a different injury in the third quarter.

"He was good to go," Zimmerman said of Johnson's pre-game status. "He played at a high level, I thought, until he got hit in the head and got a concussion. He's been a warrior for us for four years."

Though Country Day's offense earned all of the headlines with its performance, the Yellowjackets' defense turned in enough big plays at critical moments to have its impact felt.

Along the defensive line, senior Derrick Coleman recorded two sacks for Country Day, while sophomore Mike MacLean notched three sacks and recovered a fumble.

"I think that our guys came with a lot of resolve maybe because of that game (last year)," Dan MacLean said of his team's much narrower 14-12 win in the district final a year ago against the Irish. "They saw maybe how hard Notre Dame played and they amped themselves up a little bit. Once you've played somebody, you have more of an idea of how they play and you get a little bit more comfortable with them."

On to the regional finals, Country Day will face the winner of Saturday's contest between Richmond and Marine City.

BIRMINGHAM DETROIT COUNTRY DAY 49, PONTIAC NOTRE DAME PREP 27

CD 14 14 7 14 — 49

ND 0 14 7 6 — 27

CD — Richard Wilson 16 run (Soto Raphtis kick)

CD — Tyler Wiegers 2 run (Raphtis kick)

CD — Maurice Ways 66 pass from Wiegers (Raphtis kick)

ND — Alex Stuart 5 pass from Brenden Newvine (Taylor Timko kick)

CD — Ways 64 pass from Wiegers (Raphtis kick)

ND — Reid Siano 14 pass from Newvine (Timko kick)

ND — Jermaih Johnson 3 run (Timko kick)

CD — Ways 21 pass from Wiegers (Raphtis kick)

ND — Newvine 2 run (kick blocked)

CD — Wilson 31 run (Raphtis kick)

CD — Mike MacLean 4 catch (Raphtis kick)

RECORDS — Country Day 8-3; Notre Dame Prep 8-3

Last Updated: 11/9/2013 5:10:56 AM EST


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