Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Warriors will take on Cleveland St. Ignatius on the last day of the Detroit Sports Commission's Prep Kickoff Classic on Aug. 29 at Wayne State University.
It's not even baseball season but many are already gearing up for football with the announcement that Division 2 football champions Brother Rice will open its 2013 season during the Detroit Sports Commission's Prep Kickoff Classic. Formerly known as the Big Day Prep Showdown, the Prep Kickoff Classic will be held at Tom Adams Field at Wayne State University Aug. 29-31. The Warriors, who won the Division 2 state championship for the second time in a row last fall, will face Cleveland St. Ignatius on the last day of the Kickoff Classic, which opens the high school football season every year. This year's program will feature the most comprehensive grouping of teams in the event's nine-year history, including back-to-back state champions …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
55th season, 45 of those with the Warriors, will be his last.
Twice was nice for Brother Rice High School's Al Fracassa, who's now playing for three. WXYZ-TV reported the Warriors' legendary head coach who won back-to-back state championship games last month, announced plans to return for one final season at a team banquet on Sunday. A nine-time sate champion in his 44 previous seasons at Brother Rice, Fracassa, 80, won back-to-back titles for the first time Nov. 23 at Ford Field in Detroit. Among the graduates from that team were star linebackers Sergio Perkovic and Jon Reschke, and captain quarterback Cheyne Lacanaria. In his 54 years, Fracassa's teams have gone 416-121-7, making him winningest coach in Michigan high school football history.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Brother Rice football team beat Muskegon 35-28 on Friday to win their 8th state championship.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Many Warriors have made memorable plays over the years, but the junior's 91-yard kickoff return — off a lateral pass — for the title-clinching touchdown may just be in a category of its own.
The score was tied at 28-28 with just 2:31 remaining in a see-saw game for the Division 2 state title. Brother Rice's Jason Alessi, who appeared gassed after an afternoon of running down Muskegon ball carriers at free safety — including two touchdown-saving tackles, drifted a few yards behind fellow return man Delano Madison on the opposite side of where the ball was going on the field. He looked like he was out of play, like he wanted nothing to do with the Muskegon Big Reds kickoff-coverage unit headed in his team's direction at full speed, and with all the momentum after just scoring the tying touchdown. Not. Madison caught the kick off at the 5-yard line and scampered to about the 10-yard line before firing the ball across the field…
Take a closer look at the action on Ford Field as the Brother Rice Warriors went down to the wire to win back-to-back state titles.
Legendary Brother Rice High School football coach Al Fracassa has seen his share of amazing finishes among the 400-plus career victories in his illustrious career. But even he left Ford Field impressed Friday by his team's 35-28 win in stunning fashion over Muskegon. “It was an extremely exciting playoff run and an unbelievable season, but this state championship game takes the cake,” said a beaming Fracassa in the post-game press conference. “I never thought this thing was going to end.” Though the Warriors played solid throughout the game, the team's second straight Division title was in doubt until the very end. And it didn't even seem probable until senior Jason Alessi took a lateral pass on a kickoff return and scampered 91 yards to …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Not one, but two trick plays for touchdowns in the final 3:29 secures the win against Muskegon in Division 2 high school football state final, 35-28.
DETROIT — Legendary Brother Rice High School football coach Al Fracassa proved that he still has a trick or two up his sleeve at age 80 with the Warriors' Division 2 high school football state championship win over Muskegon Friday. After a Muskegon touchdown tied the score at 28 with 2:13 left to play, Brother Rice junior kick returner Jason Alessi received an across-the-field lateral on the ensuing kickoff and ran 91 yards for the game-winning score. The 35-28 win over Muskegon (12-2) gave Brother Rice (12-2) its first back-to-back state title in Fracassa's 44 years in Bloomfield Hills and the Warriors' eighth title all-time. "When your back is up against the wall, you try it ... take chances sometimes. I thought the game was never …
The Warriors will try to reach another milestone for legendary coach Al Fracassa in Division 2, while County Day competes for the school's first crown in Division 4.
Didn't get enough football on Thanksgiving? You're in luck, and have a great opportunity to see some of the future stars of the game today when the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals begin. Of Interest: Warriors in the Crowd; Faces of the Brother Rice fans at Ford Field for the 2011 Finals Brother Rice topped Wyandotte 31-3 in a dominant performance last week, and has won seven straight games. Though the regular-season schedule is full of difficult opponents both in and outside of the Catholic League, The Warriors may have its toughest task of the season against Muskegon. The Big Reds are 12-1, and have a strong tradition of winning big games too. The program boasts five state titles, including three since 2004, …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Warriors head to Ford Field on Nov. 23 to take on Muskegon for the state title.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Birmingham Brother Rice will take on Muskegon at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Ford Field for the MHSAA Division 2 state championship.
Birmingham Brother Rice earned its second consecutive trip to the state title game on Saturday with a 31-3 win against Wyandotte Roosevelt in the MHSAA Division 2 state semifinal game at Gibraltar Carlson High School. The Warriors (11-2) will play Muskegon on Nov. 23 at Ford Field and will be vying for their second consecutive state title, and eighth in school history. Leading the way for the defending state champions on Saturday were running backs Shon Powell and Brian Walker, who combined for nearly 200 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns. Powell said he is excited about the opportunity to play at Ford Field, which is something he has been striving for since he played Little League football in the Detroit Police Athletic …
Brother Rice wins 31-3 and advances to the Division 2 state championship game at Ford Field on Nov. 23.
For those unable to attend Saturday's playoff game between Wyandotte Roosevelt and defending Division 2 state champion Birmingham Brother Rice, don't worry. You can follow along with Birmingham Patch's live blog during the game. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Carlson High School in Gibraltar. Log on to find out what's going on, both on and off the field. You'll be able to take some live polls and share your thoughts about the team and the season thus far, while getting play-by-play analysis of the game. The winner of Saturday's semifinal game will advance to the Division 2 state championship game, which is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Ford Field. The championship game will be against the winner of the Muskegon vs. Caledonia semifinal matchup, which …