McCabe: Allen Park makes a statement Downriver

McCabe: Allen Park makes a statement Downriver


McCabe: Allen Park makes a statement Downriver


Allen Park quarterback Antonio Mangiapane scrambles for an opening versus Wyandotte on Thursday night.

Allen Park quarterback Antonio Mangiapane scrambles for an opening versus Wyandotte on Thursday night.

Allen Park senior defensive end Alex Hinojosa was trying to explain how the Jaguars inexplicably wound up with a running clock against Downriver League powerhouse Wyandotte.

“We were Pound, Green, Pound,” Hinojosa said. “Let me just say that.”

OK, but exactly what does Pound, Green, Pound mean?

“It means never stop hitting,” he said. “Hit every single play. Give 100% every single play.”

The Allen Park defense did all of that and more Thursday night when it put a 38-0 pounding on Wyandotte in a battle between two of the DRL’s best teams.

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But to hear Hinojosa tell it, the Jags didn’t win the game on Thursday.

“I believe it was the week of practice that we had,” he said. “We played great for the first four days. Games are won through the first four days of practice, I believe. We practiced perfect and that’s how we own the game today.”

The offense was darn near perfect, too, as the Jags improved to 2-0.

Senior quarterback Antonio Mangiapane did an excellent job running the offense.

Following a Wyandotte punt that lost two yards, the Jags scored on Reid Paffhausen’s 15-yard run. On AP’s next possession, Mangiapane sold a fake handoff and took off with the ball on a 21-yard run for a 14-0 lead after two possessions.

“The play was designed for a read,” Mangiapane said. “So if the end would come up, I would keep it. I saw the end, at the last second, like bite on my running back, so I just took a chance and kept it.”

Following Mike Beyst’s 28-yard field goal, Mangiapane raced 41 yards to set up Issac Montie’s 2-yard run for a surprising 24-0 halftime lead.

“The bottom line is we got beat in all three phases of the game,” said Wyandotte coach Ron Adams. “It seemed like anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. They’re big, strong and talented. The bottom line is we have to play a lot better.”

The athletic Mangiapane ran the ball a lot early in the game and then began hitting passes. In the third quarter he connected on six of nine passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

“That was the whole scheme of our offense,” Mangiapane said. “Pound down their throat and then throw it over the top when they were trying to creep up.”

This was a meaningful win for the Jags, who had lost six of the last seven games against Wyandotte (1-1). It was also the perfect way for rookie head coach Tom Danosky, who had been an AP assistant for 13 years, to begin his rivalry against the Bears.

“The defense played fantastic,” Danosky said. “Our kids played well on the offensive and defensive line, pretty much controlled the line of scrimmage all game. The kids wanted this for a long time.”

No one wanted it more than Mangiapane, who had to carry around last year’s 28-14 loss to Wyandotte since Week 2 of last season.

“We’ve waited a year for this, just to get back at them,” he said. “All of the hard work that we’ve done means a lot to be able to pull out with a win.”

Mangiapane is quick and can take hits. He is also an accurate passer and is capable of leading Allen Park to the playoffs.

“He took some shots early, scrambled, but took care of the ball,” Danosky said. “He ran the ball well. It’s what you expect out of three-year starter.”

Contact Mick McCabe: 313-223-4744 or Follow him on Twitter @mickmccabe1


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