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Jags top Cards, win inaugural Warrior trophy at Kickoff Classic PHOTO GALLERY

  • photos by Samantha Elliott
It was a game that had been looked at since the first game of the 2013 season ended.

Keeping up with the back and forth tradition, Allen Park took its ‘turn’ against Melvindale, by winning the 2014 opener 43-23 at the annual Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State.

Manny Andrade ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

The senior was named the Muscle Milk most valuable player for the Jags and wasted no time getting started.

On the second play of the game, Andrade took off 65 yards to make it a 6-0 score just 40 seconds into the game.

The teams traded possessions back and forth and almost an entire quarter later, Melvindale got on board when Khalid Mousa put up a 32 yard field goal for a 6-3 game as the clocked rolled into the second quarter.

From there the Jags got to work, building their lead up to 29-3 before letting the Cards strike again.

Colton Clapper ran in a quarterback keeper with 1:22 left in the half and a two point conversion from Jose Rios gave the Jags a 14-3 lead at the halftime break.

Andrade kept his night going with a pair of third quarter scores.

He bolted 16 yards to the end zone with four and a half minutes off the clock in the third and after and Allen Park interception, added another five-yard score.

The Cards battled back and started a run at the end of the third.

With 2:42 to play, Cam Perryman tossed to Anthony Fitzgerald from 37 yards out for the team’s first touchdown of the night.

David Darin intercepted an Allen Park throw and suddenly it was a two possession game with a 29-17 score in favor of Allen Park.

But the Jags added another two scores to keep their distance.

Rios ran in seven yards and Nico Perez added a 25 yard touchdown for a 43-17 advantage.

Melvindale used a long drive that ate up almost three and a half minutes of fourth quarer time to get its next score.

The drive was capped by a one-yard scamper by Perryman for the final score.

The two teams battled for the Warrior Trophy for the first time in the schools’ rivalry and Andrade was happy his team took it home.

“It’s one of the best games,” Andrade said about the rivalry. “I love playing this game and the cross-town rivalry; it’s great.

“The atmosphere is always great playing this team.”

Andrade said his team came into the Kickoff Classic ready to show off a summer’s worth of hard work.

“At the beginning of the game, we talked about how much work we had put into the season and how we owed them one from last year,” he said. “We just wanted to not waste a whole summer of preparation.”

Allen Park Coach Tom Hoover was pleased with his team’s effort and said it meant a lot to the upperclassmen.

“The seniors felt like we owed them one after last year,” he said. “There’s a lot of pride in both schools with the borders. It’s been a bit of a rivalry (and) it meant a lot to the kids tonight.”

On the other side of the ball, Melvindale Coach Jason Carriveau said his team just made too many mistakes to beat a strong Allen Park team.

“They executed very well,” he said. “We know what we have to do to win football games and we did not do that tonight.”

Moving forward, Carriveau said his team will focus on improving the all around game.

“We’ve got to execute better,” he said. “We’ve got to eliminate the penalties and both of those boil down to our mental focus.

“We’re gonna move forward and hopefully we’re gonna learn from this and become a better football team.”

The Cards face off against Taylor Kennedy in week two of the season next Friday.

The Jaguars go back home to host Trenton, a team that Hoover says can give some difficulties.

“Their defense always gives us a hard time, always,” he said. “They do real well preparing for us on D and we’re gonna have to move the ball and get to the ball.”

Both teams kickoff next Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Last Updated: 8/29/2014 1:23:55 AM EST

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