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The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (7-3) fall to the Country Day Yellowjackets (10-0) 35-7; exit

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (7-3) lost their opening MHSAA playoff pairing to the Country Day Yellowjackets (10-0) 35-7. This loss moves the Cranes to 7-3 and concludes their 2016 season. This game started off as a great defensive struggle as neither team scored in the first 2 periods. Senior RB Jalen Allen led the offensive attack for the Cranes in the first half, earning tough yardage against a stingy Yellowjacket defense. But Country Day would hold fast, and kept Cranbrook from reaching the scoreboard. Senior QB Steve Mann ran the Yellowjacket offense well in the first half, rushing and passing to keep Country Day moving. But the Cranes defense remained resolute, forcing 3 tu

Game Preview-The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (7-2) face the Detroit Country Day Yellowjackets

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (7-2) will battle the Detroit Country Day Yellowjackets (9-0) in the opening round of MSHAA tournament this weekend. The winner of this game will move on to the Region 3, District 2 finals. Country Day enters the game perfect on the season, establishing a 9-0 record. A perennial football power house in Division 4, the Yellowjackets have only missed the state playoffs 7 times over the last 31 years. The 3-time state champions are led by Head Coach Dan MacLean, in his 19th year as head of the program. Country Day is the top ranked program in Division 4 by the Associated Press. “We have a good senior-led team and, to be honest, our schedule hasn’t been t

State Playoff Special- The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (7-2) to play the Detroit Country Day Y

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes will face the Detroit Country Day Yellow Jackets in the first round of the MHSAA state football playoffs. 256 teams are chosen to be in the State Playoffs, 6 wins automatically qualifies a team for a playoff spot. If there are not 256 teams with 6 wins, then 5 win teams are admitted based on playoff point rankings. Divisions are constructed from the enrollment parameters adopted in 1999 by the MHSAA. Playoff points are based on a combination of team record and strength of schedule, and are used to determine home teams during the District and Regional rounds. Country Day and Cranbrook are in Division 4 of the MHSAA playoffs. Both teams are located in R

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (7-2) (5-1) win First Catholic League Championship; Defeat Wat

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (7-2) (5-1) defeated the Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Lakers (6-3) (4-2) 30-0 in the Catholic League CD Championship game. This is the first ever Catholic League championship for the Cranes. The Cranes opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by senior RB Jalen Allen. The Lakers began immediately putting a drive together, marching down the field. But a sack by senior LB Daniel Russell forced a fumble that was recovered by junior DE Chris Smith to halt the WOLL advance. In the second quarter, Cranbrook would capitalize on a WOLL fumble recovered by sophomore S Torrell Williams at the WOLL 38 yard line. Three plays later, senior RB Tri

Game Preview- The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (6-2) (4-1) face the Waterford Our Lady of the L

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (6-2) (4-1) will take on the Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Lakers (6-2) (4-1) at the annual CHSL Prep Bowl. This game will serve as the CD Catholic League Championship. Perennial powerhouse Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (WOLL) has been a 12-time winner of the Prep Bowl. Stretching back to 1973 and a win over Dearborn St. Alphonsus, the Lakers have made regular appearances in the Prep Bowl. They have won the CD Championship the last three years. The Lakers lost a number of seniors off of last year’s team, a team that made it to the MHSAA Division 7 finals. But the Lakers have not lost their winning ways. Taking victories in their last 4 games, the

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes continue their rise: another regular season of firsts.

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes have reached post-season play for the 2016 prep football season, chalking up a number of firsts during their fall campaign. This rising program continues to break new ground under the leadership of Head Coach Joe D’Angelo. Becoming Winners Establishing a winning tradition is not easy, but the Cranes have taken major steps to becoming a team that has a bright future. This season is evidence that there is a new era of football at Cranbrook. Cranbrook joined the Catholic League in 2010, leaving behind a rich history of competitiveness in the Metro Conference. Cranbrook wanted to establish new traditions, in a new realm. But the Catholic League proved fo

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (6-2) (4-1) fall to the Detroit Loyola Bulldogs (7-1) (3-1) 30

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes lost a CHSL crossover game to the Division 7 AP ranked Detroit Loyola Bulldogs 30-3 on Saturday. Both teams move on to the Catholic League Prep Bowl next week at Ford Field. The Cranes opened the scoring on a 41-yard field goal by junior K Pierson Cooke. After a strong defensive effort, the Cranes led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. “We came out with high intensity. We had a good start and played with confidence,” said Cranes Head Coach Joe D’ Angelo. But the Bulldogs got rolling in the second quarter. Sophomore RB Anthony Robinson bounced off a broken tackle to make a 27-yard score for Loyola. The failed extra point attempt left the score at 6

Game Preview-The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (6-1) (4-0) face the Detroit Loyola Bulldogs (6-1

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (6-1) (4-0) will face the Detroit Loyola Bulldogs (6-1) (2-1) in a late season CHSL pairing. This is the second crossover game for the Cranes, having handled Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 36-21 earlier this year. The Detroit Loyola Bulldogs are the top team in the AA division of the CHSL. Having dispatched their rivals Dearborn Divine Child 34-24 and Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 22-0, the Bulldogs have swept their division in 2016. Their only loss on the year was to CHSL Central league opponent Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in a 35-14 crossover game. “Loyola has a very strong football program and has worked hard over the years to constantly get better” said Cra

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (6-1) (4-0) topple the Allen Park Cabrini Monarchs (2-5) (0-3)

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (6-1) (4-0) toppled the Allen Park Cabrini Monarchs (2-5) (0-3) 42-7 in a CHSL Intersectional I match up. The win clinches a MHSAA playoff berth for the Cranes, and qualifies them for a berth in the CHSL Prep Bowl at Ford Field. It also completes a sweep of the Intersectional I division, a first for Cranbrook since entering the Catholic League. The Cranes opened the scoring on a 19-yard pass from senior QB Tyler Santangelo to sophomore WR Kobi Russell late in the 1st quarter. But the Monarchs would not take lightly the challenge at their new home field from the Cranes. CB Hunter Pierrel intercepted a Santangelo pass and returned it for a TD. The game s

Game Preview- The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (5-1) (3-0) face the Allen Park Cabrini Monarchs

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (5-1) (3-0) will play the Allen Park Cabrini Monarchs (2-4) (0-3) in a CHSL Intersectional divisional match up for week 7. This game is the final divisional match up for Cranbrook, with one divisional game remaining for Cabrini. The Monarchs come in to this game with a win over Star Academy and a victory over Summit Academy. But with losses to Redford Union, Warren Michigan Collegiate, Riverview Gabriel Richard, and Madison Heights Bishop Foley, Cabrini is looking to salvage their season. “Our kids will play good, hard, disciplined football,” second year Cabrini Head Coach Ken Briere told CabriniAthletics.org earlier this year. “And we expect to rise

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (5-1) (3-0) roll the Riverview Gabriel Richard Pioneers (3-3)

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes (5-1) (3-0) defeated the Riverview Gabriel Richard Pioneers (3-3) (1-2) 28-3 in a CHSL Intersectional I matchup on Friday. The win places Cranbrook atop the division and puts them in the driver’s seat for the Prep Bowl. The win also makes them eligible for the MSHAA state playoffs with 5 victories. One more win will solidify a berth. On a wet and windy night, the Cranes opened the scoring on a 15-yard TD run by junior RB Aaron Wiggins. But the tough and ready Pioneers would answer quickly, establishing a drive resulting in a 29-yard FG by senior Zach Loewengruber. “We knew that Gabriel Richard would be ready. They are always well-prepared and tenacious

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