Varsity Football was "all business" in a 28-14 Win over U of D Jesuit

Dylan Grewe ‘23, Arnie Pulpa ‘23, and Charlie Thompson ‘23
Last Friday, September 17th, the Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks competed against the U of
D Jesuit Cubs...

The Game began with a solid kick-off from Lucas Moscone. U of D fielded the kick but was
stopped on their first drive by Catholic Central’s persistent defense. Brayden Courser and
Baechler Houser made some great tackles to keep the Cubs out of the end zone. The
Shamrocks started their first offensive drive with a bang, as Byles and Semp connected to keep
the drive alive on 4th and 7. After their clutch connection, Mohammed Jaffer ran the ball right to
the house to put the Shamrocks up 7-0. The rest of the first quarter was filled with hard-fought
drives from both teams that resulted in no scoring.
 
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Cubs had a chance to get on the board as
they were setting up for a mid-range field goal. The noisy student section and the pressure from
the defense resulted in a kick that was wide left of the uprights. After a missed opportunity for U
of D, CC got right back to work. Declan Byle found both Raid Zerki and Conner Cohan for
back-to-back receptions, moving the chains twice for the Shamrocks. However, the U of D
defense was resilient, stopping the Shamrocks in their tracks with an unexpected interception. The
tides of the game had turned and now U of D had a chance to get even with the Catholic
Central. But once again, the Shamrock defense showed its consistency and forced U of D to
another scoreless drive. Declan Byle was back with the football and he was working his way
down the field. With just under 5 minutes left in the half, Byle found Kam Davenport for Catholic
Central’s second touchdown of the night. Putting the Shamrocks up 14-0. The Cubs were not
silenced by CC’s two touchdown passes, instead, they came right back. With short but effective
passes to multiple wide receivers, U of D’s offense found the end zone for the first time tonight,
inching closer to the Shamrocks. The first half ended with the score of 14-7, a close
blow-for-blow game.
 
After a small hiccup, going three and out to start the third quarter, the Shamrocks
redeemed themselves by forcing the Cubs to a three and out of their own, and immediately
scoring off a big run from Halfback Evan Haeger. Catholic Central would again force U of D to
another three and out followed by a second huge gain by Haeger that put them within the
five-yard line. Haeger would then cap off his big run with another touchdown with 6:04 remaining
in the quarter. The Shamrocks defense was absolutely cold-blooded, keeping the Cubs
scoreless throughout the third quarter

Catholic Central took care of business in the game’s final quarter, after what was starting
to become a strong drive by U of D. Mohammed Jaffer intercepted what would have been a U of
D touchdown with only six minutes remaining in the game. The Cubs were able to tally one
more touchdown late in the game, but Catholic Central prevailed. The Shamrocks finished
with a 28-14 win over the U of D Jesuit Cubs after a strong showing of exactly what this
team is capable of.

The Shamrock student section showed out for their team once again, creating an
incredible atmosphere. Our players of the game this week went to Halfback Evan Haeger
and outside linebacker Mohammed Jaffer, who were both responsible for game-changing plays in the
Shamrock’s win.
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