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Cranbrook falls to Riverview Gabriel Richard 31-7; honors dedicated senior class.

Junior WR Alex Yolles scores a TD in the Cranes loss to Riverview Gabriel Richard

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Cranes lost a CHSL Intersectional I Divisional matchup to the Riverview Gabriel Richard Pioneers 31-7. The loss drops Cranbrook to 3-5 on the season, while Riverview Gabriel Richard moves to 2-5 on the year.

Junior QB Preston Washer went 9 for 12 on 80 yards and 1 TD. Junior WR Alex Yolles caught 5 out of 6 passes for 50 yards and 1 TD for Cranbrook. Senior Ethan Peruski rushed 26 times for 82 yards.

Junior QB Nick Wisneiwski ran for 119 yards and a TD, while passing for 86 yards and another TD in the Pioneers victory.

At halftime Cranbrook’s senior class- Captain OL/DL Victor Berger, Captain QB Shane Wittenberg, RB/LB Isaac Gurman, OL/DL Jace Danielwicz, OL/DL Nate Gorman, and RB/LB Ethan Peruski- were honored for their dedication to Cranbrook and the game of football.

“These young men stayed with this program during a pandemic and the tragic loss of their head coach”, said first-year Cranbrook Head Coach Nick LaFontaine.

“Their contributions to the school have been numerous. I hope to build on their dedication with the rising set of football players as an example of leadership and commitment.”

This is the first class of players to start their football career in the CHSL-AA, a much tougher division with strong powerhouse schools such as Detroit Loyola, Dearborn Divine Child, and U of D Jesuit.

Cranbrook played in the AA division until this year, returning back to the CHSL Intersectional I division.

“As we look to the future, I can always point to the toughness that this class has shown in their time here. They’ve faced strong competition and a lot of changes, but they stayed the course”, said Coach LaFontaine.

The families of the players joined the celebration while the seniors were honored in their last home game at Cranbrook.

The Cranes will face Redford Union in their last game of the season next week.

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