Macomb Dakota defeated Brother Rice 21-7 in a hard fought defensive game to open the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.
The MVP awards went to Brother Rice’s Eryx Daugherty and Macomb Dakota’s Calvin Watson.
One of Dakota’s top players, running back Noland Ray, was not in uniform when they stepped on the field.
The game was a bit sloppy with turnovers, including both teams losing a fumble in the first quarter.
But Macomb Dakota gained control in the first half. Its defense only allowed a handful of first downs, and its offense consistently moved the ball.
Brother Rice had little luck getting its offense going, which put them behind 13-0 at halftime. It was difficult for them to move the ball, but when they punted they were giving up good field position almost every time.
A large reason for that was Macomb Dakota’s defensive line. Defensive end Anthony Coleman recorded his first sack of the season in the first quarter, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given the fact that he led the state of Michigan in sacks in 2021 (13.5).
“It felt so good. I’ve been waiting for this ever since we lost to those guys,” Coleman said. “I’ve been working, this entire teams been working, and I’m so proud of these guys for how hard they’ve been working the past few months. We came out and fought hard.”
Brother Rice tried to fight back in the second half, and its lone score came early in the fourth on a 12-yard run by Cashton Papadelis.
Owen Colpaert added a late touchdown for Dakota to make it a two score game.