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Downriver League. Undefeated Roosevelt, fresh off a big win over Truman, heads south to Woodhaven to take on the once-beaten Warriors. A Woodhaven win could throw the league race into a four-team free-for-all. Watch the game on our web channel:

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Hank Minckiewicz
The News-Herald

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Vinny Vassallo (5) and the Woodhaven Warriors are in the midst of a very good year. Last Saturday the Warriors won two games and tied another as they captured the title at their own tournament over Huron, Gabriel Richard and Redford Union. The team also currently sits in first place in the Downriver League standings.

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Woodhaven wins own tourney, remains atop league standings
By Samantha Elliott
The News-Herald

The Woodhaven soccer team finished a busy week by winning the second annual Woodhaven Warrior Classic on Saturday. The team went undefeated with two wins and a tie in the tournament putting the Warriors at 12-1-1 overall this season. Playing three sixty minute games,

the Warriors faced Gabriel Richard, Huron, and Redford Union. An 8:30 a.m. game time led to a sluggish start as Woodhaven and Gabriel Richard played to a 1-1 tie. “Richard looked very impressive and worked very hard,” Coach Bernie Turner said. “We had very few chances, but I thought that Richard was just a bit sharper to the ball than we were.” At the 25 minute mark, Gabriel

Richard took advantage of miscommunication in front of the Warrior net, giving the Pioneers a 1-0 lead going in to the half. In the second half, the Warriors perked up, and scored a goal with less than four minutes played in the half. Vinny Vassallo surged around several players, and put the ball past
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found him with a 55-yard touchdown pass. Brian Christen ran in the two-point The Grosse Ile football conversion to get Grosse Ile team remained in the thick back in front 21-14. of the Huron League title Later it the fourth, chase and moved another Mitroka capped the scoring step closer to clinching a with a 35-yard touchdown second-straight MHSAA run. playoff berth with a 28-14 win The final offensive numover defending league champ bers proved that Bodner was Carleton Airport last Friday. right about his team moving The win left Grosse Ile the ball all night long as with a 4-1 overall record, Grosse Ile finished the game 3-1 in Huron League play. with 406 total yards. The Devils are all alone in Mitroka passed for 211 second place, one game being yards and ran for 133. unbeaten Milan and one Nellenbach had four catchs ahead of both Monroe St. for 118 yards and Mccarty Mary Catholic Central and had three for 85. Airport. Nelenbach nearly matched Friday night, the Red his quarterback on the Devils broke open what was ground, rushing for 130 yards a 7-7 game at halftime with on 19 carries. Christen added three-second-half touch30 yards on 11 carries. downs. McCarty, Christen, Keeton Sophomore quarterback Ross and Vince Alongi were Andrew Mitroka had a hand the team’s leading tacklers. in all four Grosse Ile scores, The Red Devils go to throwing two touchdown Monroe Jefferson (1-4 overall, passes and running for two 1-3) Friday and to Huron (2-3, more TDs. 1-3) on Oct. 5 before ending Mitroka got the scoring the league season by hosting started for the islanders Riverview (2-3, 1-3) on Oct. 12. when he scored on a 30-yard run to cap the Red Devils’ initial possession. Airport tied the game in the first quarter and the defenses made sure that was all the scoreboard action in the first half. Grosse Ile did move the ball well at times, but could not get into the end zone. That fact frustrated Coach By Shane Preston The News-Herald John Bodner a little. “We moved the ball all night – it was the same way The Allen Park football (in a loss two week ago) team rebounded from a against Milan,” he said. “We lopsided loss at Truman on need to start scoring more Sept. 14 with a 33-10 victory points when we have the over Trenton on Friday. chance.” The Jags climbed over The Devils did plenty of .500 with the win and overscoring in the second half, came a Trojan team that was although a missed pointriding the momentum of its after by the Red Devils did first win a week earlier. allow the Jets to take a brief Aaron Letinski put the one-point lead in the third Jags up 7-0 in the first quarquarter. ter with a 24-yard touchEarly in the third quarter, down run. facing a third-and-nine situIn the second quarter, ation, Mitroka hit Jordan a 13-yard touchdown run Nellenbach with a short from Jake Makowski put screen pass while the Airport Allen Park ahead 15-0 after a defense was blitzing and successful two-point converNellenbach turned it into a sion. 70-yard touchdown catch and Trenton sophomore run. Brady Tanguay made a 22The missed PAT allowed yard field goal later in the the Jets to take the lead later quarter to cut the Jaguar in the quarter, but Grosse Ile lead to 15-3 entering the half. put the game away by scoring Allen Park took a threethe game’s final two touchscore advantage in the third downs. quarter when Nick Fulton Danny McCarty ran a PLEASE SEE JAGS/4-C hitch-and-go and Mitroka

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