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Romeo continues historic run, downs C.C. 40-29 in Division 1 regional

Football   | Ben Szilagy

Romeo continues historic run, downs C.C. 40-29 in Division 1 regional

Romeo — When you think of Romeo in the fall, you think of apple orchards and Tillson Street on Halloween. This, however, the community can think of regional championships and trips to Ford Field.

The Bulldogs added another impressive playoff victory to its resume with a dominating 40-29 victory over Detroit Catholic Central for Romeo’s first trip to the Division 1 state semifinals since 1992.

Romeo faces Grand Ledge (11-0) in the state semifinals on Nov. 21.

“These past three games…holy smokes,” Romeo co-coach Jason Couch said as he stared at a mob of fans and players after the game. “These guys have the confidence now that they can play with anybody. We’ve played against strong teams and we stood the test.

“The support we’ve received has been tremendous. Thousands of people pack the stands whether we’re home or on the road. Romeo has an opportunity going into next week, with girls volleyball and now football still playing.

“Puts us on the map a little bit more.”

Romeo (11-1) made its intentions clear early as the Bulldogs bullied Catholic Central through the first half. Senior running back Brad Tanner gashed the Shamrocks defense for on a 11-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead with 6:23 left in the first quarter.

After Shamrock senior Alex Bock tied the game at 7-7 by returning kickoff 92 for a touchdown, Romeo’s defense shut down C.C. for the rest of the half.

“We wanted to contain their run game,” Couch said. “Our defense has been strong all year, and teams have a hard time running on us. It was more of the same tonight.”

Romeo rebuilt its lead thanks to a 13-yard pass from Paul Hurley to fellow senior Lucas Schimon for a 14-7 lead with 2:02 left in the first quarter. Defensive back Anthony Quas set up another touchdown drive in the second quarter when he picked off a pass in opponent territory.

Hurley then marched his down the field at will via a steady running game. While the Bulldogs were in the red zone, Hurley earned his second touchdown of the night when he completed a jump pass to Dom Bongiorno for a touchdown with 6:24 left in the half

“I knew I had to play well today to keep the offense going,” Hurley said. &l