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South senior running back Sam Hunter cracked the 100-yard barrier in the Blue Devils' win over Detroit Mumford. photo by Bob Bruce.

September 04, 2014
The Grosse Pointe South football team opened its season with a Herculean 28-0 win over host Detroit Mumford last weekend.

"I would have never thought in a million years we would have come here and shutout a talented Mumford team, but the guys did it and they played one heck of a game," head coach Tim Brandon said.

The Blue Devils' defense was outstanding from the opening series and they dominated after making some adjustments after the first quarter.

"Mumford's quarterback was able to get loose and gain some big yards, but the guys did a few things different to keep him in the pocket a little more," Brandon said.

The Blue Devils scored late in the first half when senior quarterback Sam Blanzy threw a 31-yard touchdown to senior Ryan Liagre with 4:25 left.

Senior Andrew Fabry kicked the extra point to make it a 7-0 game.

It was the same score early in the third quarter when the Mustangs used a long kick-off return to start their possession at the Blue Devils' 26-yard line.

Facing a fourth down at the 4-yard line, senior Caleb DeBerry broke up a pass in the end zone to thwart the scoring drive.

The Blue Devils fumbled on the ensuing drive, giving the ball right back to the Mustangs in good field position.

And, once again, the defense rose to the occasion and got the ball back on downs and kept the score, 7-0.

After that, the Mustangs lost the faith and the Blue Devils had all the momentum.

It was all Blue Devils from that point as the offense found its second gear.

Senior running back Sam Hunter scored on a 5-yard run with 3:05 left in the third quarter and Fabry's PAT made it 14-0.

In the fourth quarter, junior Andrew Trost returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown with 11:39 left in the fourth quarter and Hunter added a 14-yard TD run with 6:43 to put the final touches on the victory.

Fabry kicked both extra points to make it 4-for-4 on the season.

Hunter finished with 107 yards rushing on 12 carries and two touchdowns, plus caught one pass for seven yards.

Blanzy was on his game, completing 7-of-11 passes for 130 yards and one TD. Catching Blanzy's passes were junior David Burnett, one for 10 yards; senior Brian Blanzy, three for 54; junior Sam Jones, one for 28; Hunter, one for seven; and Liagre, one for 31 yards.

Other big defensive plays included seniors Brian Mack and Zach Sparkman sacking the quarterback and senior Mitch Donovon forcing a fumble.

Grosse Pointe South is 1-0 and next is its MAC White Division opener at home at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, against Romeo, which lost its opener.

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