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The Bock brothers at Novi Detroit Catholic Central are tearing up the local prep gridiron lately. They teamed to help lead the Shamrocks to a D1 district title Saturday, combining for four touchdowns in a 37-27 defeat of Walled Lake Western. This photo shows Alex (#12) congratulating Zach (#16) after one of his three jaunts into the end zone. (For The Oakland Press/Scott Confer)

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WALLED LAKE – A little Shamrock math to kick-off the week: one Bock plus another Bock equals complete devastation on the high school football field.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central garnered its fifth straight Division I district crown Saturday afternoon on the shoulders of the Bock brothers, big bro, Zach and little bro, Alex.

The Bock gridiron contingent accounted for all but one of the Shamrocks five touchdowns in Catholic Central’s 37-27 takedown of Walled Lake Western, further cementing the family name into the school’s rich lineage of athletics and laying the foundation for additional accolades in seasons to come.

Zach, a senior co-captain, has starred on the past two Shamrocks’ squads that have made back-to-back appearances at Ford Field in the state finals.

He is the picture of versatility, lining up at slotback on offense, safety on defense and returner and placekicker for the Catholic Central special teams. And he's a force to be reckoned with at every single position, recently being selected all-league for the second year in a row. Next year, he’ll switch sports and be playing soccer in college at Western Michigan.

On Saturday, he scored three touchdowns – one on a 33-yard catch from senior quarterback Sean Birney, one on a 20-yard fumble recovery and the final one on a dagger of a 65-yard run up the middle of the Western defense to pay-dirt.

We’re not done yet.

An up-and-coming sophomore playmaker, Alex could wind up being just as lethal as his elder sibling.

If not more so.

“I’m hoping to live up to the kind of expectations my brother has set in his career,” Alex said. “I know it won’t be easy.”

Off to a heck of a start, his venomous ways are already evident. So much so that the Catholic Central coaching staff named him a starter towards the end of the regular season.

It’s paid off.

He was swarming all game long from his cornerback slot Saturday, along with his brother, keeping the prolific Western passing attack at bay, and hauled in a 64-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Last week in the Shamrocks' playoff-opener, he forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in Catholic Central's trouncing of Northville. The week prior in the Prep Bowl, he made an interception near the goal-line.

Big brother is clearly impressed.

“Alex will be better than me in a couple years, I guarantee it,” Zach said. “He has more natural technique.”

Pretty high compliments from a powerhouse like him.

“We’ve always had a rivalry growing up and now to get to play on the same team and compete together on the field, it’s just awesome,” Zach said.

Baby bro is pleased with the arrangement, too.

“We're having a lot of fun," Alex said. "Zach’s helped me out a ton, giving me pointers and picking me up out there until I felt more comfortable,” he said. “Now that I have a few games starting under my belt, I can trust my speed and leave the rest to instinct and what Zach, the coaches and all my other teammates have taught me.”

Birney, the club's field general and the young man feeding the pair the ball on offense, didn’t mince words when discussing the dazzling Bock brothers.

“They’re it,” he said. “Whatever “It” is, they both have it. They’re the same guy. I’m not kidding. It’s scary.”

Last Updated: 11/10/2013 7:25:47 PM EST


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