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South varsity, jv make noise in playoffs

The South Red Barons junior varity football team and cheerleaders had another successful season. Photo submitted by Todd Stephan Perkins
November 14, 2013
The Grosse Pointe South Red Barons junior varsity team finished the season with an impressive 9-1 record.

It was undefeated in the regular season and ESFL division champs. The Red Barons lost in the championship game 28-18 to a Troy Cowboy team that avenged a regular season 24-12 defeat at the hands of the Red Barons.

It was a tremendous team effort all year by the Red Barons and the cheer squad.

The teams included cheerleaders Jai Lauren Dearing, Annie Davey, Daphne Irby, Jane McKee, Skylar Haidy, Siena Weisbrodt, Marley Huston, Sophie Kotula, Fiona O’Byrne, Regan Koenig, Cassidy Kline, Madison Kvintus, Dylan Hutson, Grace Vethake and Farrah Beydoun. Not pictured is Emily Bollenbacher. The coaches are Lisa Kotula and Jamie Baker. The football players are Ryan Downey, Lucas Epstein, Brady McCarron, Owen Bollaert, Evan Pizzimenti, James Ulku, Troy Herd, Dylan Mico, Sean Gates, Brandon Peck, Richard Morisette, John Poplawski, Terrance Lane II, Collin McQueen, Cole Huston, Riley Francis, Alexander Shaheen, Jon-Jon Perkins, Ethan Schenk, T.J. Rumely, Devin Slaughter, Cameron Mallegg, Evan Kvintus, James Doerer, Liam Quick, Raef Akkary, Joshua Deberry, Kevin McCarron, Grant Hart, Dominic Holden, Hayden Wright, Michael Stritzinger, Mitchell Stricker, Jacob Peruski, Owen Chen, Nicholas Fannon, Ben Gabrion, Daniel Schenk, Jon Clark, Benjamin Verlinden, Aidan Walsh, Michael Currier, Nolan Schmitt and Samuel Hermon. The coaches are Brian Mico, Benjamin, Chen, Loice DeBerry, John Doerer, Terrance Lane, Michael Mallegg, Mike Downey, Michael Stritzinger, Tim Walsh and head coach Al Shaheen.

As for the South Red Barons varsity team, it took on a tough East Detroit Tiger Cat squad, who defeated them earlier this year in conference play.

The South Red Barons varsity squad advanced to the championship game with a convincing 34-12 victory.

After an outstanding series of defensive stops by the Baron’s Cam Sparkman, Ed Kotula, Cam Shook, Darrick Hollowell and Miles Dearing, South’s offensive line took charge.

Quarterback Davis Graham and running back Jhordan Rush ripped off runs behind the blocks of Wally Kinni‐Adebayo, Dearing, Tanner Belanger, Parker McKowen, Grayson Kennedy, Evan Bolles and Armani Williams.

Graham also kept the drive alive in the air, finding receivers Max Stricker, Kinni‐Adebayo and Sparkman for key first downs.

But the Tiger Cats stiffened near the goal line, and all-star kicker Cam Shook was successful once more, kicking a 28-yard field goal to open the scoring.

After a quick strike by the Tiger Cats which gave them a 6-3 lead, Graham went back to work.

This time it was the line play of Lawerence Peavy, Max Cervantes, Anthony Ramsey, Lawson Wohlfarth, Presley Kaleta and Truman McKay providing the protection.

Graham found Rush with a perfect strike for a 25-yard gain.

Moments later it was Brennan Zihlman hauling in another Graham pass for 11 yards and another first down.

Graham bulled in from 2 yards out and added the extra point on a pass to Rush to end the first half with a 10-6 lead.

The third quarter belonged to the Barons as they put up 24 points in 12 minutes.

On the first drive of the half, Graham swung the ball out in the flat to Kinni-Adebayo for a 12-yard gain.

Rush followed with a 25-yard scamper around left end and Graham covered the final 5 yards for the score. Shook converted the PAT kick.

The defense, led by Davon Gaines, Stricker, Sparkman and Hollowell, shut down the Cats on three straight plays.

Graham blocked their punt and three plays later, he carried it in for another score.

Shook converted the PAT.

The final score of the day was set up by the defense. Joey DiMambro hit the East Detroit tailback in the backfield and linemate Jack Ratsek recovered the fumble deep in Tiger Cat territory.

Graham found Kinni-Adebayo near the goal line for his third reception of the day.

Graham scored one play later, and Shook was perfect on the day with another PAT kick.

In a rematch of last year’s finals, the Barons take on an undefeated Mount Clemens squad.

The Barracuda’s smallest margin of victory on the season is 20 points.

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