The Pioneers of Riverview Gabriel Richard remained undefeated after a Week 3 matchup against Catholic League for Madison Heights Bishop Foley on Friday night, beating the Ventures 56-14.
On the game’s second play from scrimmage, Gleason intercepted Bishop Foley (0-3) quarterback Ben Alderson and returned it roughly 20 yards to take a 7-0 lead just 17 seconds into the game.
“It set the tone,” said Richard Coach Tom Michalsen. “They took the ball, we knew they had to throw into the wind, and we pinned them.”
Gleason had his way the remainder of the game under center, as he finished 2-for-5 passing for 58 yards while rushing for 111 yards and four touchdowns.
“A four-year quarterback who didn’t take the job until July– he put on a clinic today,” Michalsen said.
Gleason’s longest pass of the night was completed to Eric Wigginton for 34 yards in the first quarter, setting up a two-yard rushing touchdown.
The quarterback’s third score of the night came on the Pioneers’ next possession on a 17-yard scramble to the end zone.
With a 21-0 lead after a quarter, Richard tacked on seven more with a 17-yard touchdown run from Sebastian McWilliams.
Foley mounted a rally in the second quarter, scoring on two straight possessions with a touchdown pass from Alderson to wide out John Stickney for nine yards and a four-yard touchdown rush from junior Kendel Taylor.
However, Gleason answered back for the Pioneers by busting loose for a 57-yard scramble to the end zone to give Richard a 35-14 lead.
On the Ventures’ next play from scrimmage, Alderson fumbled after a cracking blindside sack from Richard’s Nevin Hughes. Richard recovered and capitalized with a 45-yard touchdown run from Nate Plumbo on the very next play.
Hughes finished the night with six tackles, two sacks, and three force fumbles—two of which he recovered himself.
Senior Devin Gleason had a huge night for the Pioneers (3-0), as he was responsible for five touchdowns in the first half that carried Richard to a running clock in the second half.
Gleason closed his first-half performance with a 17-yard keeper to give the Pioneers a 49-14 advantage heading into the half.
Richard’s Colby Daiek was responsible for the only scoring in the second half on a one-yard rush.
For the Ventures, Stickney led all offensive players with seven catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. Alderson finished 11-for-23 passing for 203 yards with a touchdown, an interception and three fumbles.
Foley Coach Brian Barnes said his young team is still developing.
“What it comes down to is that we’re trying to get where they [Gabriel Richard] are as a program where we have 50 to 60 guys on our sideline.
We’re not there yet, but we’ll get there. We’ll be okay.”
Both teams will begin league play next week.
Foley will host Everest Collegiate in a CHSL Intersectional 2 battle. Richard will play its first CHSL Intersectional 1 game at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.