Gabriel Richard improves to 5-0, one win from playoff spot

Collision course?

The Gabriel Richard football team defeated Toledo (Ohio) Scott 41-6 this past weekend to improve to 5-0 on the season and are just one win away from locking up a postseason spot after missing out last season.

The undefeated Fighting Irish host Detroit Universal Academy at 4 p.m. on Friday. The Eagles have lost all five games and have scored just six points all season, losing 68-6 last weekend to Adrian Lenawee Christian. They have allowed more than 42 points in all five loses.

A win will give Richard a 6-0 record with a showdown in week seven at Dearborn Divine Child at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Falcons, who defeated the Fighting Irish 21-10 last year, also head into week six with a 5-0 record. DC has a much tougher game this week, facing Warren De La Salle (4-1 with wins over Brother Rice and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s).

Richard’s win on Saturday was impressive from a number of directions, including the fact that the Fighting Irish had a few players “banged up,” including starting QB Michael Engelhardt.

“We had some guys step up and play some roles they don’t typically play and did a great job for us,” said Coach Brian Lewis. “We had to move some people around but the guys did what was asked and proved what this team is all about. We have seen steady improvement each week and this was another step in the right direction.”

Among the players helping the Fighting Irish take those steps included Joe Plencer, who played both linebacker positions on defense; Josh Williams, who did a solid job playing both ways for the Irish; Chris Hill, who had a couple touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards again; Andrew Kendzicky, who moved from wideout to  QB and had a TD pass; and Nick Brookins, who played both ways and had three catches, a TD and an interception in the win.

Engelhardt got “nicked up” against Loyola but is expected back to return to the lineup.

Richard scored first to take a 7-0 lead but Toledo Scott answered on their next possession to make it 7-6. The Fighting Irish then took over, leading by two scores at halftime and cruising to their fifth win.

 

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