Richard dominating league football foes

Nick Szczechowski. Photo by Larry Caruso.

Hank Minckiewicz

The Gabriel Richrd football team hammered Macomb Lutheran North 50-22 on Sept. 27 to improve to 2-0 in Catholic League Intersectional-1 Division play. It was the second straight blowout of a divisional rival for coach Tom Michelson’s Pioneers.

Richard’s hammer of a running back, Nathan Palumbo, led the way. He had three touchdown runs and totaled 64 yards for the game.

The Pioneers had all the elements of their offense clicking against the Mustangs as leading rusher Michael Holdsclaw had 97 yards and a score and quarterback Joe Wisniewski threw for 96 yards and a pair of scores.

Quinn Hess and Matt Maki were on the receiving end of Wisniewski’s scoring passes. Ivan Hernsndez also had a rushing touchdown.

The game was fairly close through the first three quarters, but Richard put it away with a three-touchdown avalanche in the finlo 12 minutes.

Defensively, leading tacklers Hess, Carson Sollars and Travis Lipetsky led the way, along with Nich Szczechowski, who had two pass interceptions and Ethan Mehal, who had one pick. 

The Pioneers, who made one long trip to Clio earlier this year, went even farther on Oct. 4 to face Manistee on the road. They then face Detroit University prep and Cabrini before a possible spot in the Catholic League playoffs.

Riverview Gabriel Richard 48, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 13

For the second straight year Liggett was no match for Richard.

Mike Holdsclaw and Nathan Palumbo each had two touchdowns for the winning team. One of Palumbo’s scores came on a fumble recovery.

Quarterback Joe Wisniewski passed for three touchdowns, two of them to Quinn Hess.

Once again the Richard defense stood tall, allowing just 13 points. Palumbo had a pair of sacks, Sollars had nine tackles and a sack and Drew Daiek had a pass interception and three tackles.

Riverview Gabriel Richard 45, Clio 6

It was a long ride to Clio, but it was worth it for the Pioneers, whio dominated from start to finish.

Quarterback Joe Wisniewski ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Nick Szczechowski, Michael Holdsclaw and Nathan Palumbo each rushed for a touchdown and Drew Daiek recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

Quinn Hess caught the touchdown pass from Wisniewski and Ivan Hernande booted a field goal.

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