Scott Nelson and Allen Stritzinger are both going to make a lot of postseason All-State teams.
Friday night facing each other, they showed why in U-D Jesuit’s 49-35 victory over Warren De La Salle at Hazel Park High school.
Both rarely leave the field, but it was Nelson who got the upper hand on this night for the Cubs, scoring the final two touchdowns on runs of 16 and 41 yards to break open a 35-35 tie.
A receiver and defensive back by trade, Nelson is playing out of position at quarterback because of an injury to Michael Sims in the season opener.
Nelson accounted for 151 yards in the air and another 108 on the ground, as the Cubs advanced to the playoffs with a 5-1 record.
On a crucial fourth-down, Nelson deflected a pass intended for Stritzinger to turn the ball over to the Cubs.
“Allen’s a great player,’’ said Nelson. “It was a great battle with him. We had to dig down deep and make a play. We were able to do that.’’
After a slow start Stritzinger, bound for Syracuse, was dynamic in the backfield, as a receiver and as a defensive back.
His 35-yard catch set up a Cordell Tannyhill touchdown. Stritzinger caught a 16-yard TD and ran in the two-point conversion. He scored on a four-yard TD run to give the Pilots their last lead of the game, 35-28.
Both Stritzinger and Nelson are already champions.
Stritzinger won his as a sophomore at Ford Field. Nelson won his at the Breslin Center on the Cubs’ basketball Class A championship team.
“Allen’s a great player,’’ said De La Salle coach Mike Giannone. “He works his butt off. He was out there giving it his all.’’
Nelson said he has trimmed his list down to Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Northwestern.
“I can’t say enough about Scott,’’ said U-D Jesuit coach Oscar Olejniczak. “He was all over the place, running and passing the ball.’’
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