South’s Sam Hunter breaks a tackle during a run in
the Blue Devils’ home opening loss to U-D Jesuit. Photo by Bob Bruce
September 05, 2013In what looked to be a clash of two up-and-coming teams, the outcome ended in a thrashing as the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils were run down by the U-D Jesuit Cubs 24-7.
The Blue Devils' big break came when junior quarterback Ryan Liagre rolled right and heaved a pass downfield. It looked to be intercepted by Cubs' defensive back Dillon Dixon, but the ball bounced off his hands and into the waiting hands of junior wide receiver Brian Blanzy, who plucked the ball out of the air and ran down to the 1-yard line before being dragged down.
Three plays later, Liagre dove into the middle of the Cubs' defense and looked to come up short, but both line officials signaled a touchdown to make it 7-0 Blue Devils.
Cubs' Nick Wicker dropped a key pass that could have extended a drive before punter Liam Lynch poorly handled a snap that ended up being downed deep in Jesuit territory.
However, South was only able to try a field goal, which missed.
Early on, it seemed that the game would go to South as no matter what U-D did well, it immediately did something bad to counteract it. Case in point was when they forced a punt deep in South territory right before roughing South's punter Sam Blanzy and giving them the ball right back.
The second half was a different story for the Cubs as junior quarterback Ryan Bland led the come back by throwing and running to the team's first score.
He first threw a 32-yard completion to Parris Bennett into the red zone before Dan Bully punched it in for a touchdown to tie the game.
Things got worse for South as soon after Liagre was intercepted by Sheldon Doss, who returned it for a touchdown before a block in the back call brought the ball back to the 19.
On the ensuing play, Brand rolled left and found Lynch wide open in the end zone to take the lead in the third quarter.
South botched the ensuing kickoff as Jesuit's Patrick Dery jumped on the loose ball at South's 30-yard line. It led to a Thomas Forrester field goal to extend the lead to 10.
The Cubs salted the game away late in the fourth quarter as Kelechi Duru muscled in from 8 yards out on a fourth down play to make the score 24-7 and totally take the wind out of the Blue Devils' sail.
Liagre finished 6-of-13 for 82 yards with an interception and a rushing toucheown, while being sacked 4 times.
Junior running back Sam Hunter finished with 14 carries for 41 yards, and Blanzy finished with two catches for 70 yards.
Grosse Pointe South dropped to 0-1 overall.
Next for the Blue Devils is their Macomb Area Conference Blue Division opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at L'Anse Creuse North.