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Detroit CC tops Whitmer, 29-7

09/02/2016, 9:56pm EDT
By By STEVE JUNGA BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Shamrocks outgain Panthers, 316-59


Toledo Whitmer's Malik Moore is stopped by Detroit Catholic Central's defense, led by Nicholas Rood. THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON

It was by no means a blowout, but Detroit Catholic Central's 29-7 road football win at Whitmer Friday night could certainly be labeled as complete domination.

With an efficient, consistent offense and a downright stingy defense that yielded no points, the Shamrocks (2-0) were in control throughout.

The proof was in the numbers, where Detroit CC outgained the Panthers 316-59 in yardage, 17-5 in first downs, and 31:20 to 16:40 in time of possession.

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Quarterback Austin Brown led a balanced Shamrocks offense, completing all three of his passes for a total of 100 yards and two touchdowns, and adding 11 rushes for 47 yards.

Detroit CC scored the only points of the first half on an 18-yard TD strike from Brown to Chris Jakubik with 7:02 left in the second quarter.

After earning no first downs on its first three possessions, Whitmer (1-1) had a golden opportunity to tie the game just before halftime. The Panthersd had a second-and-4 situation at the Shamrocks' 5 with a minute to go.

IN PICTURES: Detroit Catholic Central 29, Whitmer 7

But running back Malik Moore was tackled for a 10-yard loss after a bobbled handoff from Shoe Sanders, the TD bid stalled, and Whitmer kicker Eric Filby missed left on a 32-yard field goal try with 23 second left in the half.

Detroit CC lost a fumble on its first possession after halftime, but cashed in on its second drive, with Brown's 48-yard bomb to Jakubik setting up Cameron Ryan's four-yard TD run with 6:32 left in the third quarter.

Whitmer's only real bright spot on the game came 13 seconds later when Moore reached the end zone on a 95-yard TD return of the Shamrock's ensuing kickoff to get the Panthers back within 14-7.

But any momentum gained on that big play was lost 82 seconds later.

Two Whitmer penalties totaling 27 yards, plus Nick Capatina's 29-yard run for Detroit CC set up Tyler Morland's nine-yard scoring run, and the Shamrocks pulled out to a 21-7 lead with 4:57 left in the third.

Detroit CC then dealt a clinching blow on the final play of the third quarter, when Brown found a wide-open Jack Morris on a 34-yard TD connection down the left sideline.

Whitmer ran 39 plays from scrimmage in the game to earn its 59 yards.

Panthers freshman quarterback Riley Keller, who led Whitmer to a win in their opener, was under hot pursuit throughout the game. He was 5-of-12 passing for 16 yards, and carried six times for minus-5 yards.

Moore topped the Panthers with 36 yards on 12 rushes.

Capatina paced the Shamrocks' ground attack with 13 carries for 65 yards.

Contact Steve Junga at: sjunga@theblade.com, or 419-724-6461 or on Twitter @JungaBlade.

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