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South wide receiver Jordan Spratt, left, makes one of his nine catches in the Blue Devils’ tough 6-0 loss to Utica Eisenhower. Photo by Bob Bruce
September 26, 2013
The Grosse Pointe South football team did everything right in its home game against favored Utica Eisenhower last weekend — except win the game.

The Blue Devils’ defense gave up only two field goals, but they were the difference in a 6-0 loss.

“I’m proud we had a chance to win in the end,” head coach Tim Brandon said when he addressed his players after the game. “We should have won this game, but a few mistakes here and there did us in.”

The offense moved the ball and controlled the clock, but two interceptions and a lost fumble were instrumental in the defeat.

Even with everything going against the Blue Devils, it was the Eagles who made a huge mistake in the final seconds. Instead of taking a safety and kicking the ball deep, Eisenhower’s quarterback decided to try to take as much time off the clock as possible and gained a few yards on fourth down, but he ran out of bounds at the Eagles’ 13-yard line with 3.7 seconds left.

This gave the Blue Devils one final play to gain only 13 yards and tie the game with a touchdown.

Taking a safety would have made the score 6-2, but the Blue Devils would have had to either return the free kick for the winning touchdown or call a fair catch and try one final play from around their 40-yard line.

Senior quarterback Richie Kish had time to throw, but his pass was broken up in the end zone and the home team fell short on a rainy, humid night.

“We came out and played a very good football game against a big, physical MAC Red football team tonight,” Brandon said. “This was a great effort coming off the tough loss to L’Anse Creuse North and a mediocre effort against Fraser.

“I’m proud of my kids for playing four sound quarters of football, but we just came up short. We need this effort in our next game against Roseville on Homecoming.”

Kish was 20-of-35 for 215 yards and two interceptions and junior running back Sam Hunter gained 45 yards on 18 carries.

Senior wide receiver Jordan Spratt had nine catches for 122 yards, followed by senior Tony Moore with four receptions for 44 yards. Junior Brian Blanzy had four catches for 27 yards and junior James Fishback had two catches for 8 yards

The Blue Devils’ defense was outstanding. The defensive line didn’t give an inch in the Eagles’ running game and the passing game was just average.

The defense came up with two interceptions and a couple of quarterback sacks.

The offensive line gave Kish plenty of time to throw and he chewed up the Eagles’ secondary.

With the loss, Grosse Pointe South fell to 1-3 overall.

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