GR Catholic Central claims state title in defensive battle

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DETROIT — Grand Rapids Catholic Central held Detroit Country Day to 113 yards of total offense and forced 3 turnovers in a 10-7 win at Ford Field in the division 4 state championship game.

The title is the school's third in football and first since 2010.

The Cougars offense had only one first down in the game but it came early in the 4th quarter on 44-yard touchdown pass from Jack Bowen to Michael Brown following a fumble recovery that gave them a 10-7 lead.

Josh Steffes kicked a 31-yard field goal late in the first quarter setup by a 54-yard punt return by Antonio Strong.

Country Day's only points came in the 2nd quarter on an 87-yard interception return for a touchdown by Roy McCree IV.

The Cougars sacked Country Days quarterbacks 10 times in the game, Derek Sauakas, Max Vicari, David Sayfie and Eric Grabow all had 2 sacks, Strong and Anthony Shukis each had an interception.

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