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Red Barons South wins varsity title

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November 22, 2012
Quarterback and captain Logan Mico led the Grosse Pointe Red Barons South varsity football team to its first championship in the six decade history of the ESFL, beating the Mount Clemens Barracudas 35-16.

On the opening drive, Mico and fellow captain Andrew Sharp alternated carrying the ball behind a strong offensive line of Noah Davey, Cornell Walker, Ricky Berg, Steven Kretzschmar, Jack Kennedy, Dylan Hill and Trishtan Lewis. The final 15 yards came on a pass from Mico to Conner Brannagan.

After captain Nathan Barbish (13 tackles) sacked the Barracuda's quarterback, causing a fumble, the Baron's headed to pay dirt once more. A key pass from Mico to Barbish, and the blocking of Joe Calhoun, Aidan Comes, Conner McQueen, Tanner Belanger, Max Cervantes, Joe Gough and Jack Hensien, culminated in a 5-yard scoring run by Mico.

On the Barracudas' third possession of the game, Barbish blocked their punt. This time, Mico went to work behind the hard-hitting front line of Nathan Lawrence, Ethan McComas, Evan Bolles, Anthony Ramsey, Michael Knust and Ethan Tucker. The final 22 yards of the drive came on a picture-perfect pass from Mico to captain Connor McCarron.

After Joey Veneri returned a punt 25 yards, the Barons would put together a fourth straight scoring drive before the first half ended. Mico scrambled out of trouble and found McCarron for an 18-yard TD pass.

The defense, led by captain Patrick Nauert and fellow tackling leaders Mico, Sharp, Barbish, Comes, Matthew Abar and Charlie Kruse, held the Barracudas scoreless until the final four minutes of the second half. The secondary, comprised of J.J. Verlinden, Jack Doerer, Caleb Marion, Damar Doles, Veneri and McCarron, did not allow a completed pass in the entire game.

The final Barons scoring drive of the game was fueled by passes from Mico to Dylan Hill and Ethan Tucker.

However, it was Mico who would tally his fifth TD of the day (3 passing, 2 running) on an 18-yard option run. Mount Clemens scored twice in the waning moments, but it was too little, too late as the Barons won.

The Barons were led this year by an outstanding group of coaches, including offensive coordinator Marc Brazeau, defensive coordinator Hal Marion, back coach Brian Sharp and line coach Mac Gallagher. The assistant coaches included former South players Michael Nehra, Patrick Mollison, Phillip Nauert and former North player David Hochhalter. The statistician was Tim Kruse and the head coach was Tony Cimmarrusti.

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