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Blue Devils clinch share of MAC Blue



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South quarterback Richie Kish throws one of his three touchdown passes in the Blue Devils’ home win over L’Anse Creuse.
October 24, 2013
The Grosse Pointe South football team clinched a share of its fifth straight Macomb Area Conference Blue Division title last weekend, crushing L’Anse Creuse 36-7.

The host Blue Devils did their part and they hoped for a L’Anse Creuse North lost, but the Crusaders edged Fraser 41-39.

Both South and LCN finished 5-1 in the MAC Blue Division, giving head coach Tim Brandon and the Blue Devils the second check of a team goal.

The first was beating North, which they did in week No. 7 and winning a division title was the second.

The third team goal is to make the state playoffs, which they can do if they beat host St. Clair Shores Lakeview Friday, Oct. 25 since Grosse Pointe South improved to 5-3 overall.

“I am very proud of our young men,” Brandon said. “Back when we were 1-3, people wrote us off. Putting together four quality wins, beating North and winning a division championship is a great feat that was hard earned.

“Now we have to finish the job by beating Lakeview and earning a spot in the playoffs. Lakeview is a good team and they are very well coached. I’m sure Coach Woz will have them prepared and it will be a great game.”

Senior Richie Kish has been solid since he was put into the starting role mid-way through the season.

Kish completed 11-of-17 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his TD passes went to senior wide receiver Jordan Spratt, who had five receptions for 106 yards) and the third went to senior tight end Patrick Jackman.

Junior running back Sam Hunter had 70 yards rushing and one touchdown and senior fullback Nick Muer ran for one touchdown.

The Blue Devils’ defense was once again rock solid. It was their sixth straight game holding an opponent to 14 points or less.

Coming up for South is their regular season finale at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Lakeview.

Benefit

The Grosse Pointe South football team has signed up to make a difference in the community by supporting the American Cancer Society through the National Football League’s (NFL) A Crucial Catch campaign ­— a program that emphasizes the importance of annual mammograms, raising funds, and awareness about what everyone can do to unite in the fight to end breast cancer.

We want to ask you to please support us with a donation.

Thanks in part to the American Cancer Society, and people like you who made a donation and supported the cause, breast cancer death rates have dropped over the last 20 years.

In fact, women are 33 percent less likely to die from breast cancer today than they were in 1990.

Because those funds were available, more people in our community have the information and tools they need to stay well from breast cancer or find the disease early, when it’s easiest to treat, have a place to turn for help 24/7 if they are facing breast cancer, benefit from the progress being made toward finding breast cancer’s causes and cures, and get access to information that connects them to lifesaving mammograms and treatment

If you want to learn more about the NFL’s A Crucial Catch or how your donation is helping to help finish the fight against breast cancer, visit cancer.org/acrucialcatch.

The football team also raised money by selling pink ribbon footballs and T-shirts in school, and wore pink in its last home game against L’Anse Creuse.

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