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Friday, November 22, 2013

Reasons CC has a shot against Cass Tech

The rematch of the last two Division 1 state football finals is upon us with Catholic Central once again facing off against Cass Tech, this time in a semifinal game on Saturday at Troy Athens. Cass Tech easily beat the Shamrocks the last two years and is favored to win again, but Kosmo feels CC has a shot for the following reasons. You might think Kosmo has sniffed something funny in his cave or paper bag, here your seer out. Motivation There are few programs more proud than Catholic Central, and being embarrassed two straight years is something that doesn't happen often or sit well with the Shamrocks. Meanwhile Kosmo isn't sure the hunger level of Cass Tech having own two titles. The game is not in Detroit As spies Keith Dunlap and Scott Burnstein pointed out in their picks show online, this game is not in Cass Tech's backyard like it was at Ford Field the last two years. Cass will have to make a bus ride just like CC and won't draw from the emotion of walking its home streets to the game. Slow starts Cass Tech hasn't exactly gotten off to good starts in the past two games, as it trailed Macomb Dakota by 10 points at halftime last week and struggled early against Warren Mott the week before, although QB Jayru Campbell didn't start that game. Still, getting behind CC is a dangerous proposition. Emergence of CC's passing game The last 2 weeks, QB Sean Birney has thrown long TD passes to the Bock brothers, Alex and Zach, so out of nowhere Catholic Central is showing it can score points through the air as well as with its usual punishing ground game. That balance will be needed against a big, mobile Cass Tech defense that has dominated Catholic Central the past two years. Kosmo isn't sure if all this will be enough for CC to beat Cass Tech, but one thing is for sure, Catholic Central has a better chance to win than people think.


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