In a battle off two previously unbeaten teams, Riverview Gabriel Richard dominated Madison Heights Bishop Foley on Friday, Oct. 16.
The host Pioneers cruised to a 42-14 victory and clinched the CHSL Intersectional 1 championship and a spot in the Prep Bowl.
For the night, Nick Szczechowski accounted for 223 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the Richard (5-0, 3-0 CHSL Intersectional 1) win. In addition, quarterback Joe Wisniewski rushed for a touchdown and threw one along the way against the Ventures (4-1, 2-1 CHSL Intersectional 1), who came in ranked No. 10 in the state in Division 7.
Wisniewski opened the scoring, as he found the end zone from five yards out on a quarterback keeper in the first quarter. The PAT was blocked and the home team led 6-0. Pioneers kicker Marco Pomponio, a soccer player in his first game with the football team, went on to hit his next four attempts.
The Ventures drove deep into Richard territory, but the Pioneers ultimately forced a turnover on downs, capped off by a sack from Carson Sollars on fourth down.
Soon after, Wisniewski handed off to Szczechowski, at the Foley 40-yard line, and the junior promptly raced to the end zone. On the 2-point conversion attempt, Drew Daiek hauled in a pass from Wisniewski and put the home team up 14-0.
Early in the second quarter, Winsiewski hooked up with Michael Calhoun for a 30-yard touchdown and the Pioneers grabbed a 21-0 lead.
Richard took a 28-0 advantage following a 26-yard touchdown run from Michael Holdsclaw, who finished the night with 90 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Foley got on the board before the half, on a nine-yard run from Jackson Zieter, and cut the deficit to 21 points.
It was Szczechowski who scored both Pioneer touchdowns in the second half, as he hit paydirt on a 12-yard scamper and returned a punt 75 yards for a score.
The Ventures were able to add seven more points before time ran out when quarterback Dylan Gough connected with Adam Kidder for a long touchdown.
Richard is set to face either Clarkston Everest Collegiate or Royal Oak Shrine next week in the CHSL Prep Bowl, which will be held at Catholic Central.
Foley is scheduled to welcome in Madison Heights Madison on Friday, Oct. 23.