Country Day defense shines in 14-12 Division 4 Football District Finals victory over Notre Dame Prep |
After the offensive fireworks that were on display across the state last night, it was only fitting that week two of the high school playoff season would end with a defensive struggle that saw the Yellow Jackets of Detroit Country Day hold on to defeat the Fighting Irish of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 14-12 in a Division 4 district final game that moved rather quickly but saved most of its excitement until the very end.
The first half of this one was really a defensive battle. Country Day tried hard to control the clock by running the ball down the gut on the Fighting Irish. And while the Yellow Jackets did manage to own the clock possession game, it yielded very little, with Country Day’s only first half score coming thanks to a 21 yard strike from highly touted junior quarterback Tyler Wiegers to wideout and fellow junior Maurice Ways at two minutes and 19 seconds of the first quarter. They would enter the break up seven to nothing and holding Notre Dame Prep to a mere 29 total offensive yards.
The Yellow Jackets only real explosive play came on their second possession of the second half, as sophomore Jacob Hill returned a punt 65 yards to the Notre Dame four. Junior running back Richard Wilson was able to punch it in four plays later to give the Yellow Jackets a 14 point lead at the time.
“Jacob Hill did a terrific job. I think half of our team thought he scored, but their kid did a great job making them line up again,” said Country Day head coach Dan