Comstock Park players lift the district championship trophy after upsetting Catholic Central.
Comstock Park, Mich. (WZZM) The Comstock Park Panthers Monday admitted it was a really big deal to beat Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the playoffs. "There weren't many people that gave us a shot," says senior quarterback Jake Brown. "When the game was over, (Jake) Bush and I were crying. It was a relief. We just did something that no one has done this year. And now we're the team to beat so we have to come out every week as hard as we can."
The Panthers shut down Catholic Central's high-powered offense winning 16-7 at Houseman Field. "Our coach preached to us all week that we're the better team," says senior linebacker John Weldon. "We had the mindset going in that we're the better team so we just had to go out and play like it."
The victory gave the Panthers their third straight district championship. The past two years, they lost to eventual state champions Catholic Central and Zeeland West. Now, they are brimming with confidence heading into a Saturday home game against 8-3 Ogemaw Heights. "They've scored 390 points," says head coach Mark Chapman. "They're averaging almost 50 points a game over the last four weeks. They do a good job of getting in different formations and giving you a lot of different looks. They run a veer which we haven't seen a lot of. We have a new offense we have to prepare for and that's going to be the challenging part."
The winner will advance to the division 4 semifinals against either Three Rivers or Grand Rapids South Christian. Kickoff is at 1:00 Saturday at Comstock Park High School.
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