Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes overcame mistakes, a bigger school and rough weather in a 13-6 victory over Livonia Clarenceville on Friday, Sept. 30.
“Clarenceville is a Class B school and the rain and cold made it tough,” said Our Lady Head Coach Mike Boyd. “But, this win gives us some momentum heading into the (Royal Oak Shrine) game.”
After a scoreless first quarter, things started on the wrong foot for the Lakers (4-2) when quarterback Sal Mastromatteo threw an interception that was returned 55 yards for a touchdown and Clarenceville (2-4) had a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.
However, Blake Beauchamp stepped up just before halftime for Our Lady as he intercepted a pass and returned it to the Clarenceville 4-yard line with 4 seconds left in the second quarter.
That was enough time for Jake Doetsch to kick a 27-yard field goal and pull the Lakers to within 3 at halftime.
Doetsch then kicked a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter to tie the game at 6-6.
Richie Cross then scored the game-winning touchdown for the Lakers on a 57-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Cross finished with 122 yards rushing and an interception on the night, while David Smith had an interception late in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Our Lady.
Next up for the Lakers is a showdown at undefeated Royal Oak Shrine on Sunday, Oct. 9, in which Our Lady will look to clinch its third consecutive Detroit Catholic League Intersectional 2 division title.
The Lakers have won the last two meetings with Shrine, including last year’s 29-16 victory.
But, the Knights are 6-0 and are averaging 37 points a game this season.
“We have to keep doing what we’re doing and shut down their running game,” Boyd said.