An offensive explosion took place in the first quarter of this showdown at Wayne State. The defenses eventually stepped up and Birmingham Brother Rice would use big plays in the second half to grab the lead and hold on for a 40-34 victory over a very game Chicago Brother Rice.
Michigan commit Alex Malzone finished 20-of-34 for 363 yards and four touchdowns. He was under duress for a good part of the game. Chicago Brother Rice's defensive line was in the backfield a lot, but Malzone responded. He's calm in the pocket and got rid of the ball quickly. He's not overly elusive in the pocket, but did make some plays with his feet when necessary and showed some toughness in running over some would-be tacklers. He showed good touch and the zip when he needed it and made a big play on 3rd and 28 keeping a play alive and moving away from pressure before finding an open receiver behind the secondary. And as always, he just seems to win.
His favorite target was Grant Perry. He's always been a great route runner with great hands, but he showed open field speed today and took two short passes a long way for scores. Delano Madison, a fast, explosive Western Michigan commit, had a kickoff return touchdown, an interception and a touchdown catch. His speed makes him tough to deal with. He was hurt later in the game, but reports are that it was a knee sprain and he will be OK. When healthy, he's an awesome playmaker.
Two-way lineman Marc Miller is a tough, gritty kid with good technique. He plays tackle for Rice but is likely to be a guard or a defensive lineman in college. Jack Dunaway is an active football player who made plays in the backfield and batted some passes down. He'll play on Saturdays possibly at an Ivy League school, possibly as a walk-on at Michigan or at an opportunity that may pop up during this season.
For Chicago Brother Rice, NIU running back commit Marcus Jones was outstanding. He is very explosive, elusive in the open field and made many big plays. He's also a tough, competitive kid with a bright future for the Huskies. He has to still work on his blocking, but catches the ball very well.
Sophomore receiver Ricky Smalling had two big plays, a kickoff return and a touchdown catch early. The Warriors later keyed on him more and contained him, but he did get deep a few times only to be overthrown. He's a very good athlete with a high skill level, and it's easy to see why he already has an offer from Virginia. More are coming.
Senior defensive lineman Mike McGinley (6-1, 245) is a little undersized, but very active and spent a lot of time in the backfield. He has a great motor and quickness off the ball. He may see, in our estimation, FCS/D2 opportunities or FBS walk-on offers.
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