Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Offense explodes

by Bob St. John

October 04, 2012

University Liggett’s football team moved one step closer to earning a state playoff bid after blitzing Harper Woods 39-14 last weekend.These teams played some epic battles as Metro Conference foes and it was scoreless midway through the first quarter.Head coach Lou Ray gave his players a pep talk and the Knights kicked it up a notch.Senior quarterback Nate Gaggin connected with senior wide receiver Drew Jerome on a 24-yard touchdown pass, but the extra point was blocked, making it 6-0, Knights.After trading punts, the Knights went to work again as Gaggin drove the team 43 yards for a second touchdown. This time, he threw a touchdown pass to freshman Tommy Jackson and hit Jerome for the two-point conversion, giving the home team a 14-0 lead.The Knights put another touchdown on the board in the first half as Gaggin threw his third touchdown of the game to Jereome with only 26 seconds left. The PAT was missed, but the home team had a 20-0 halftime lead.A 51-yard pass from Gaggin to Jerome set up a 13-yard Gaggin touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed and it was 26-0.Another long touchdown pass from Gaggin to Jerome, plus the extra point, gave the Knights a 33-6 lead.Gaggin completed the Knights’ scoring, running 8 yards for a touchdown with 6:08 left in the fourth quarter.The Pioneers tacked on a late touchdown and that was the game.Gaggin had a monster game, completing 23-of-30 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns, plus he ran for a couple of scores.Jereome had eight receptions for 158 yards, while senior Stephen Benard had three catches for 71 yards and Jackson had eight receptions for 88 yards.Defensively, senior Dan Baird was all over the field, netting 12 tackles and intercepting a pass. Other leaders in tackles were juniors Josh Dickens and Antonio Malkoun, and freshman Matthew Gushee.Liggett improved to 5-1 overall.Coming up next for the Knights is their annual homecoming game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, against Sterling Heights Parkway Christian.