3 takeaways from Belding’s playoff loss to Grand Rapids Catholic Central
The Belding Black Knights saw their season end on Friday night for the top-ranked Division 5 team and fell 42-0 on their way to Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
Central Catholic quarterback John Passinault threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in the first half, and Belding couldn’t keep up with the quick Cougars.
“I think we’re playing one of the best teams in the state, all divisions,” said Belding coach Monty Price. “We fought hard. I am not disappointed. We have to play more games to be at their level. Our children fought hard and I am proud of them. “
Passinault hit Drew VanTimmeran for an 8-yard touchdown to open the scoring and a 16-yard touchdown when the first half ran out to score 35-0. In between, he met Nolan Ziegler for a 77-yard touchdown, ran for a 26-yard score in what looked like a certain sack, and found Joe Mullett for a 9-yard score.
The Catholic Central’s only touchdown in the second was a one-yard run by Sean Sullivan.
Jack Ward intercepted Belding in the second quarter.
Belding’s season ends with a 5-5 record as the Cougars face arch-rivals West Catholic next Friday.
Passinault, Attack Management CC
The passing attack for the Cougars was groundbreaking all season, with Catholic Headquarters gaining 1,600 meters more through the air than on the ground this season.
Even with Passinault, their replacement quarterback, the Cougars have been an amazing offensive all season long.
Belding saw why Friday night. The Cougars had staff that the Black Knights couldn’t keep up with and that almost every team fights against.
“They’re going five because they have five kids who’ll likely be playing the next level,” Price said. “You have overtaken all of our children. They are effective in what they do. “
On the other hand, Belding’s hasty attack failed to find the holes against the vaunted Cougar defense.
They carried the ball 26 times for 119 yards, and the misdirection and hiding of the football were beyond the Cougars’ gap control.
As with the overtaking attack, it was no surprise to Price that the talent acted on the field like the Cougars did on Friday night.
“Show me a team that took you off guard,” he said. “You are without a doubt one of the best defenses in the state of Michigan, perhaps in the Midwest. They have Division 1 children on the field and we don’t. “
Season is coming to an end
In the third year under Price, the Black Knights finished 5-5. But it was a year with many upheavals and a lot of inexperience.
Price said inexperience leads to inconsistency, and now it’s a matter of working that through in the off-season.
“We just have to get better at every facet of the game,” said Price. “We have to keep working hard in the weight room and develop these young children. We have to become more constant, and that’s what we will do. “