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FOOTBALL: Brother Rice, St. Mary's and CC all punch tickets back to final four for second consecutive season

   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL: Brother Rice, St. Mary's and CC all punch tickets back to final four for second consecutive season

Fans of Catholic League football are having some de je vu right about now.

Following a trio of resounding victories in regionals over the weekend, CHSL Central Division superpowers Birmingham Brother Rice, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Novi Detroit Catholic Central all advanced into the final four for the second straight year.

Brother Rice (10-2) and St. Mary’s (11-1) are defending state champions in Divisions 2 and 3 respectively and Catholic Central (8-4) made it all the way into the Division 1 state finals last season before being upset by Detroit Cass Tech.

On Friday night, Brother Rice went on the road and walloped Walled Lake Western 42-12, while Catholic Central topped Plymouth 28-7 and St. Mary’s ran past Detroit East English Village Prep 42-26 on Saturday afternoon.

All the squads raised a second regional-title banner in a row on the shoulders of prolific rushing attacks.

The three-headed monster of a backfield at Brother Rice made up of junior tailbacks Shon Powell and Brian Walker and senior fullback Greg Marzec carried the Warriors to the win, totaling over 300 yards rushing the football against Western. Powell went for a career-high 144 yards and two touchdow