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 Tristan Knoer punched in a touchdown from the 1 yard line to put the Cranes up 14-0.
A late quarter 38-yard field goal by junior K Pierson Cooke would let the Cranes go into halftime up 17-0.
In the third quarter, Cranbrook would again find the end zone. Senior QB Tyler Santangelo would find TE Patrick Foley open over the middle, and complete a 31-yard pass play to give the Cranes a 24-0 lead,
Allen would again cross the goal line in the 4th period, this time on a 14-yard scamper. A missed extra point would leave the final tally at 30-0.
This shutout Prep Bowl victory is a signature statement. It is a firm declaration of the renaissance in Cranbrook football.
“I am proud of the solid effort of our team. Winning their first championship is no light task”, said Cranes Head Coach D’Angelo. “A lot of preparation went into building a good team. The players should be commended on their accomplishment.”
Senior QB Tyler Santangelo finished the night 11 of 22 for 141 yards and 1 TD.
Senior RB Jalen Allen rushed for118 yards on 14 carries and 2 TD’s. Kobi Russell led the Cranes receiving corps with 4 receptions for 91 yards.
Chris Smith led the defensive siege of the Cranes, with 9 tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss, and a fumble recovery. Senior AJ Rodriguez had an interception, while senior LB Pat Foley and senior DT Ian Kovach were also leaders in tackles.
Having completed the regular season and Catholic League play, Cranbrook moves on to the state playoffs for the 3rd consecutive year.
The Cranes await the MHSAA state pairings to find their opponent for the opening round of the playoffs. The MHSAA selection show begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday night.