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FOOTBALL: Lakes' big plays too much for Cabrini
Cabrini quarterback Nick Shirey had a long touchdown pass to Jacob Mackie Saturday afternoon, but it was not nearly enough as Cabrini fell to Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 31-6. With the win, Lakes qualified for the CHSL Prep Bowl at Ford Field
With a chance to put a deathlock on a berth in the CHSL Prep Bowl in game against Our Lady of the Lakes, Cabrini came up short as the unbeaten Lakers beat the Monarchs 31-6 on a sun-splashed field in unusually warm early October temperatures.
With the victory, Lakes clinched its first berth in the Prep Bowl since 2005. And in the process, the Lakers threw the rest of the race into turmoil as Cabrini, Richard, Shrine and Madison Heights Bishop Foley all now have 2-2 Catholic League Intersectional records. Each team has one league game left.
Saturday’s game in Waterford came down to one thing: Big plays; Lakes made them, Cabrini did not.
Waterford scored four touchdowns and all of them came on or were set up by big plays.
The game’s first score, which came on an eight-yard run, was set up by an 18-yard screen pass that came on third-and-15.
The second Laker score, which came with less than two minutes to play in the first half, was the result of a 59-yard screen pass. Cabrini seemed to have the play diagnosed, but a couple of missed tackles and a zig-zag run got the Waterford player into the end zone.
It looked like it was going to be a 7-6 Waterford lead heading into halftime, but the long catch and run followed by a disastrous mistake on the next Cabrini series gave the Lakers a 17-6 edge.
After giving up the late touchdown, Cabrini tried to go to the air, but Nick Shirey’s attempted screen pass was tipped and intercepted on the Cabrini 11-yard line.
A quarterback sack by Pat Sekerak, an incomplete pass and a run for no gain kept the Lakers out of the end zone, but they did get a 38-yard field goal out of the deal.
In the third quarter, a 40-yard run set up a 21-yard Laker TD pass and in the fourth quarter, a long pass to the Cabrini one-yard line set up a short scoring run.
Cabrini did not threaten the Waterford end zone in the second half.
The Monarch’s only score of the game came at the start of the second quarter when Shirey hit Jacob Mackie with a 76-yard scoring strike.
It was a near-perfect play all the way around as the Waterford defensive back and great coverage, but Shirey’s throw was right on the money and Mackie snatched it away from the defender and raced into the end zone.
Cabrini, now 2-4 overall, goes to Bishop Foley Friday.
Last Updated: 10/13/2013 2:12:21 AM EST