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Malzone departs Brother Rice program with enormous legacy WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Birmingham Brother Rice senior signal-caller Alex Malzone will go down as one of his school's and the area's all-time greats on the prep gridiron. His prolific career on the high school football field concluded Saturday in a D2 regional final where Malzone and the Warriors dropped a 26-21 decision to Warren De La Salle.(Oakland Press/JASON SCHMITT)

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BERKLEY – The brilliant high school football career of Birmingham Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone ended Saturday afternoon with his team’s 26-21 loss to Warren De La Salle in a Division 2 regional final..

His legacy, however, will last forever.

And what a mighty large legacy it is.

Set to graduate early and enroll at the University of Michigan in January – already slotted into the race to take over under center in Ann Arbor next fall by most Wolverine analysts – Malzone broke a dozen different school records the past three years in a time span where he helped lead Brother Rice to two of the illustrious program’s three straight state crowns (2011-2013) and on a 33-game win-streak (2012-2014).

The 6-foot-2 gunslinger was a gridiron magician, wowing fans, coaches, teammates and opponents alike with his composure, strong arm, accuracy, efficiency and iron will. The past two years he’s walked away with the Oakland County passing title and engineered numerous last-second, game-winning drives. Demonstrating the precision of a brain surgeon, Malzone dissected opposing defenses for a career 70-percent completion rate.

“Alex is arguably the best quarterback in the history of Brother Rice and one of the best in state history, so that puts him in some pretty high esteem,” said first-year Warriors head coach David Sofran of his all-state field general. “He’s a competitor and a natural leader and he’s got nothing but amazing things in front of him.”

On Saturday, he threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns.He finished this season with 2,998 passing yards and 38 touchdowns.

Looking back at his career wearing the Orange and Black of Brother Rice, Malzone has fond memories.

“It was a great run,” he said in the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat at Berkley’s Hurley Field. “Brother Rice football means so much to me. They’re the standard, nothing beats its. I think it’s the best program around. I’ll never forget my time here.”

Last Updated: 11/17/2014 12:45:12 PM EST

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