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FOOTBALL: Catholic Central edges De La Salle in overtime thriller WITH VIDEO

NOVI — Sunday afternoon’s Boys Bowl pitting Catholic League rivals Novi Detroit Catholic Central and Warren De La Salle was an instant classic.

Featuring six lead changes or ties in the final 10 minutes of action, host Catholic Central prevailed, 31-30, in overtime, capturing its fourth Boys Bowl crown in a row.

The Shamrocks won the game on the second possession of overtime when they tied things up 30-30 on a 10-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Anthony Darkangelo, and then took the lead for good on an extra point by senior quarterback Garrett Moores.

“This was a gut-check win for us,” longtime Catholic Central head coach Tom Mach said. “I’ve been part of a ton of great games in this league and this was one of the all-time best.”

De La Salle scored first in the extra session on a 9-yard touchdown run by senior Damorria Lilly, but missed the extra point, opening the door for Catholic Central to claim the victory on its ensuing possession.

Moores led a late drive in regulation to force overtime, concluding with his clutch 45-yard field goal that split the uprights as time expired, knotting the score, 24-24.

“If you want to talk about coming through big-time, all you have to do is talk about Garrett Moores and what he did in this game,” Mach said. “I give him a lot of credit. He put in a tremendous performance when it counted the most.”

Moores is in his first year starting. He was the backup field general on last season’s Catholic League title team that advanced all the way into the Division 1 state final.

After opening this season 1-2, Catholic Central is now 3-2, having won two straight.

The loss by De La Salle (0-2 CHSL, 2-3 overall) most likely takes the Pilots out of contention in the league race.

Both the Pilots and the Shamrocks were missing star players on Sunday. De La Salle was playing without all-state quarterback Shane Morris and Catholic Central was playing without all-league running back-defensive end Wyatt Shallman.

Morris, who is out for the year with mono and Shallman, who has been frequently hobbled the past two years, but is expected back before the end of the season, will be teammates in college at the University of Michigan.

With the top-rated recruits on the shelf, the non-blue-chippers for both squads stepped to center stage and put on a show for the ages.

Deadlocked 7-7 at halftime, De La Salle went ahead 21-14 on a 7-yard touchdown run by Lilly (16 carries, 108 yards) early in the fourth quarter.

Quickly answering, Catholic Central marched right back down the field and, following Darkangelo’s 3-yard scoring plunge with 7:25 remaining, the game was tied again at 21-21.

Darkangelo, a two-time all-league pick in the backfield and on defense at linebacker, had three touchdowns on the day and 10 tackles.

Subbing for Morris, De La Salle’s junior signal-caller Giovanni Rescigno was brilliant in his stead, combining for 306 yards of total offense (17-of-22 for 210 through the air and 96 yards on the ground).

On the Pilots’ final drive of regulation, Rescigno was on fire, completing a trio of huge third-down passes to set up a 28-yard field goal by Nate Normandy to place De La Salle in front, 24-21, with a little over two minutes left on the clock.

Last Updated: 9/26/2012 4:19:11 AM EST

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