FOOTBALL: Notre Dame Prep tames Gabriel Richard for 17th straight regular season win

   | Dan Stickradt

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PONTIAC — There’s several ingredients that goes into along winning streak. Whatever the secret recipe, there’s no doubt Pontiac Notre Dame Prep football is on a roll. After opening the 2010 season 0-5, NDP closed that campaign with four straight wins, won all nine of its regular season games last season and have opened the 2012 campaign with four more wins to add to the streak — which is now at 17 straight regular season victories. The latest came Friday at home in a 28-16 victory over Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard in the CHSL-AA Division opener for both teams.

“It starts that we have great kids and we have some great coaches,” smiled Notre Dame Prep coach Kyle Zimmerman. “We have a great atmosphere here and there’s no place I would rather be.” NDP defeated Ann Arbor Richard twice last season en route to the AA Division and Prep Bowl championship. Gabriel Richard returned most of its team and was the preseason pick to win the league title. NDP proved otherwise. Sophomore Anthony Gunn picked off two passes with eight tackles and hauled in four catches for 79 yards with two scores for Notre Dame Prep, which defeated Richard for the fourth straight time.

“We have a lot to prove,” said Gunn, a transfer from Ortonville Brandon. “We have a lot of first year starters and we’re all doing the job. When we all do our part, we can win football games.” Leading 21-10 entering the fourth quarter, sophomore Anthony Gunn’s 40-yard interception return down to the Gabriel Richard 39 yard line set up the back-breaking drive. Two plays later, Johnson scampered down the right side 39 yards for the touchdown and an 18-point lead at 28-10 with 5:16 to go. AAGR’s Ashton Hundley was able to chew into that lead one last time when he broke free down the right side for a 52-yard TD sprint with 4:48 remaining. The conversion failed.

Notre Dame Prep shut the door on Richard down the stretch. The Fighting Irish front seven put pressure on the Gabriel Richard offense the whole night. Gabriel Richard finished with 220 total yards, but 102 yards came on two pla