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St. Mary's wins third straight D-3 title with thrilling win over Muskegon

Football   | Jeff Dullack

St. Mary's wins third straight D-3 title with thrilling win over Muskegon

Detroit – Caden Prieskorn and Ky’ren Cunningham can both recall the days of playing youth football together from the age of six years old through eighth grade.

But the two players began their high school careers at different schools, Cunningham at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Prieskorn at Lake Orion.

“I’ve been working with Caden since the first grade,” Cunningham said. “When he went to Lake Orion, I was disappointed.”

But in January of this year, Prieskorn transferred to St. Mary’s, stepped in as the starting quarterback and helped lead the Eaglets to the Division 3 state final against Muskegon. And on Saturday night, Prieskorn and Cunningham teamed up for a play that won’t soon be forgotten.

With just 10 seconds left on the clock, the ball sitting at the Muskegon 18-yard line and St. Mary’s trailing 28-23, Prieskorn threw the ball into the end zone as Cunningham ran between two defenders and under the ball with just four seconds left to play, giving the Eaglets a 29-28 win on Saturday night for the program’s third straight Division 3 state championship and eighth title overall.

Prieskorn said that having played with Cunningham through youth football, as well as throughout this year, he trusted that the junior would come through with a clutch play.

“I knew it was going to be one on one with Kyren,” he said. “I’ve played wit