In a repeat from two week earlier, Father Gabriel Richard and Dearborn Divine Child went back and forth in a hard-fought Catholic League football game between two teams headed to the postseason.
This time, it was under brighter lights at Ford Field with a little more on the line playing for a Prep Bowl AA Division championship. Divine Child defended its Prep Bow title, but not without a fight, winning 34-20 on Saturday.
“It was a great experience,” FGR head coach Brian Lewis said. “Our kids may have been a little wide-eyed early on which is expected playing in Ford Field. It’s bright lights, playing in a dome at Ford Field.
“But we settled in and gave them a good fight. It was really a one-score game until the very end. I was proud of how we played. It was a really good experience and hopefully we get to play there again this year.”
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Special teams helped give Father Gabriel Richard a lead in the second half after trailing 14-13 at halftime. The Falcons muffed a punt and the Fighting Irish jumped on the ball.
On the next play, senior Chris Hill raced 39 yards to give FGR what turned out to be a short-lived lead at 20-14. It also turned out to be their final points of the game.
Divine Child, led by Michigan State bound QB Theo Day, went 77 yards right down the field and took a 21-20 lead on a pass from Day to Quinn Blair. Day completed 14 of 21 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns.
The Fighting Irish still had a fighting chance down only 27-20 until the Falcons put the game away with a score in the final minute off a fake punt on a fourth-and-5 call at the Richard 40.
Divine Child outgained Richard 450-261, including 270-93 passing.