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FOOTBALL: Notre Dame Prep throttles Lahser for 18th straight regular season win

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Football - 9/21/2012 7 p.m.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 35
Bloomfield Hills Lahser 14

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PONTIAC — In a matchup of two undefeated teams, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Bloomfield Hills Lahser 35-14 on Friday night.

It didn’t take Notre Dame Prep long to get going, as the Fighting Irish returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

Notre Dame Prep took ran some misdirection on the opening kickoff with three deep men converging. Mike Broderick emerged with the ball, scampering 91 yards down the middle of the field for the score.

"We thought we could do some damage special teams wise, with our kick return," Notre Dame head coach Kyle Zimmerman said.

Following a 38-yard touchdown pass from Joe Kutil to Aidan Cullen that made it 14-0 and capped off a six-play, 71-yard drive, Brenden Newvine returned a Spencer McCourt interception 48 yards for a touchdown, stretching the Irish lead to 21-0 less than eight minutes into the game.

"That [Nate] Emery kid is a heck of a football player and [Spencer] McCourt is a great football quarterback," Zimmerman said. "But, we're a pretty darn good defense. We bottled them up and didn't give them much room to work with."

Emery, a sophomore, lined up at every position in the backfield for the Knights and finished the game with 82 yards on 19 carries. McCourt went eight of 20 passing for 57 yards and three interceptions.

Cullen had a big night for the Irish on both sides of the ball piling up 89 yards of total offense and a touchdown catch to go with a sack on defense.

Another two way star for the Irish was senior Vinny Famularo catching two passes on both sides of the ball. He had a touchdown on offense and returned one of his two picks to the one yard line. That set up Notre Dame's final score of the game, a Jeremaih Johnson two-yard run on the next play, pushing the score to 35-7 with 11:45 left in the fourth quarter.

"It's been fun for four weeks," Lahser head coach Dan Loria said. "Walk out, winning every game. Now I think we can start to work on some things we were overlooking because we were winning."

Senior Abdel-Rahman El-Mesiri scored on his only carry from one yard out with just 39 ticks left on the clock for the Knights, making the final score 35-14.

On a night when the Irish didn’t need much passing, Kutil was pretty successful. He went three of four for 56 yards and two touchdown passes.

Next week, the Irish (5-0) will take on Dearborn Divine Child at home at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Lahser (4-1) will take on Berkley at home in what will be Lahser's homecoming game at 7 p.m. Friday.


BHL 0 0 7 7 — 14

NDP 21 7 0 7 — 35

NDP — Mike Broderick 91 kick return (Taylor Timko kick)

NDP — Aidan Cullen 38 pass from Joe Kutil (Timko kick)

NDP — Brenden Newvine 48 interception return (Timko kick)

NDP — Vinny Famularo 3 pass from Kutil (Timko kick)

BHL — Zach Tornow 5 pass from Spencer McCourt (Matt Haji-Sheikh kick)

NDP — Jerimaih Johnson 2 run (Timko kick)

BHL — Abdel-Rahman El-Mesiri 1 run (Haji-Sheikh kick)

RECORDS — Notre Dame Prep 5-0; Lahser 4-1

Last Updated: 9/26/2012 4:32:05 AM EST

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