Detroit Catholic Central hardly needed a passing attack, throwing the ball only twice in their 35-0 high school football season-opening win Friday over Dearborn Fordson.

Jake Thielen |, August 28, 2010

Detroit Catholic Central hardly needed a passing attack, throwing the ball only twice in their 35-0 high school football season-opening win Friday over Dearborn Fordson.

Detroit Catholic Central used its powerful running game to take a quick 14-0 lead, and their success on the ground made the passing game largely irrelevant. The Shamrocks finished with 349 yards rushing on 49 carries as a team.

Senior running back Justin D’Agostino led the team with 12 carries for 94 yards in the non-league matchup.

Quarterback Mike Birney added six carries for 71 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and running back Justin Messner had four carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

D’Agostino also had the lone reception for the Shamrocks, taking a screen pass from Birney and turning it into a 55-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.

D’Agostino credited his blockers for helping him turn in a strong performance.

“I give all my credit to my linemen,” D’Agostino said. “They’ve been working hard since last year, the state championship, the day after.”

Detroit Catholic Central head coach Tom Mach said that he was impressed with his team’s running attack.

“We did a very good job of blocking up front,” Mach said. “We have some very good backs this year that have worked hard in the offseason, increased their speed, and we feel like any back in our backfield can break it at any time.”

Detroit Catholic Central’s defense had no problems shutting down Dearborn Fordson’s offense, limiting them to just 45 yards of total offense and two first downs.

“Defense is what we pride ourselves on,” Mach said. “We think that if you’re going to win a championship of any kind – league, Catholic League, and further on down the line – we’re going to do it with defense. So we put a great deal of emphasis on defense.”

Dearborn Fordson head coach Fouad Zaban said that his team will look to rebound next week.

“Obviously, we have to get better,” Zaban said. “There’s a lot of things things that we need to work on.”

Zaban also credited Catholic Central for their strong performance.

“They’re a terrific ball club, and they just executed perfectly,” Zaban said. “They did a great job today, and we really couldn’t do anything about it.”

Dearborn Fordson quarterback Mohamed Faraj left the game in the third quarter with a hand injury and did not return. Zaban said that the team did not know the full extent of the injury yet, but he said Faraj might have a broken hand.

The Shamrocks are the defending Division 1 state champion. Their next game will be at Hudsonville on Sept. 2. Dearborn Fordson plays at Garden City on Sept. 3.


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