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Capatina scores two TDs, Catholic Central wins Boys Bowl, 35-7, over Brother Rice

Football   | Tom Markowski

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Novi – Nicholas Capatina scored two touchdowns and quarterback Austin Brown accounted for 130 yards and one touchdown to lead Detroit Catholic Central to a 35-7 victory over Birmingham Brother Rice in the 71st annual Boys Bowl game on Sunday at C.C.

It was the Catholic League opener for C.C. (4-1). Brother Rice (1-4) is 0-2 in the division.

C.C. now leads its Boys Bowl series against Brother Rice, 22-17-1.

“We’ve had some bad luck against them the last three years (all losses),” C.C. coach Tom Mach said. “We played a full 48 minutes. (Brown) looks like a junior or a senior out there. He’s been pretty calm, in practice and in the games.”

Brown, a freshman starting his third varsity game, threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Alex Bock to give C.C. a 7-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first quarter.

On its next series the Shamrocks went 55 yards in five plays with Capatina capping the drive with a 25-yard touchdown run.

Brother Rice drove to the C.C. 5-yard line on the next series but a major penalty and a sack pushed the Warriors back to the 25. Alex Nast’s 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

On their next possession the Warriors cut C.C.’s lead in half on Steven Krajewski’s 92-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Jordan with 5:32 left in the first half.

The touchdown pass is the second longest in school history and is the longest in the 60 games the two teams have played against each other.

C.C. took a 21-7 lead with 3:27 left in the half on Philip Schmitz’s 43-yard return of an interception. Krajewski was hit just as he threw it and it fluttered until Schmitz gathered it in and ran untouched into the end zone.

The Shamrocks took a 35-7 lead in the second half on touchdown runs of seven yards by Cam Ryan and a 55-yards by Capatina.

Capatina, a junior, had 128 yards on 16 carries and Ryan had 85 on 11 carries.

Brown was 5-of-12 for 89 yards and he rushed six times for 41.      

For Brother Rice Krajewski, a sophomore starting his first game, was 10-of-22 for 210 yards and he was sacked four times.