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.
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 …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Brother Rice's Al Fracassa clinching his seventh state football title made the list of the Top 10 Detroit Amateur Sports Moments of 2011.
Longtime Brother Rice football coach Al Fracassa's moment in the spotlight just became a little brighter. The Detroit Sports Commission recently named the football coach's seventh state title win this November as one of the Top 10 Detroit Amateur Sports Moments of 2011. The Detroit Sports Commission is a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The Detroit Sports Commission is proud to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of the local amateur sports community during 2011," said Dave Beachnau, the commission's executive director. Brother Rice defeated Lowell in the Division 2 state football finals 24-14 on Nov. 26. The victory was the Warriors' first state title since 2005, but for Fracassa — who's been coaching …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
After weeks of getting close, the Warriors' legendary head coach finally reaches a major milestone with a 38-2 drubbing of Chandler Park Academy.
Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice has reached the state finals for the first time since 2005, and what a memorable season it's been. Every day leading up to Friday's 1 p.m. matchup against Lowell, Patch will take a peek back at a key moment during the season that helped get the Warriors to where they are today. So far, we've recapped: Today's pick: Head coach Al Fracassa joined the coaching elite Oct. 21 by becoming one of only a handful of coaches in the country to reach 400 wins. Big play: Hard to pick in a lopsided victory, but we'll stick with when the clock ran out. The victory proved to be a huge relief for the coach, who — in his 52nd year — is now No. 8 on the all-time win list among active coaches in America. "It's been a long …
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Eaglets head coach George Porritt scores win No. 199, delays Al Fracassa's 400th with a homecoming victory.
The score: Birmingham Brother Rice 9, Orchard Lake St. Mary's 10 (OT) The star: St. Mary's senior wide receiver Christopher Woolen scored the game's winning touchdown in overtime off of a pass from Dan Clements, and senior kicker Nathan Parry booted the game-winning extra point. However, senior linebacker James Ross made it all possible with several key tackles that held Brother Rice to only nine points. The turning point: Down 9-3 in overtime, on third-and-goal from the 17 in a downpour, Clements threw from the shotgun and hit Woolen at the 7-yard-line on a curl route. Woolen broke three tackles on his way to the end zone to tie the game, and Parry clinched it with the extra point. The quote: "I caught it and turned around and saw a seam…
Friday, September 30, 2011
Birmingham Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa will try for his 400th win against a stout Orchard Lake St. Mary's team.
When Orchard Lake St. Mary's kicks off against Birmingham Brother Rice on Friday at Msgr. Milewski Field, it will mean more than Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa's first attempt at win No. 400 in a storied career. It will also mean the first chance at win No. 199 for Eaglets head coach George Porritt. Perhaps most importantly, the winner will gain crucial favor in the tight Catholic Central Division standings. Fracassa already has more victories than any other high school football coach in state history and seven state titles to his credit, but the Warriors' head coach is modest as he heads into Friday's 7 p.m. kickoff. "It would be kind of nice," Fracassa told mLive.com in a story published Thursday. "But I'm just trying to see what I …