September 6, 2011
Video: St. Mary's Falls to Toledo St. John's
Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's built a third-quarter lead of 24-14 over Toledo St. John's Jesuit, but couldn't hold on for the victory as the Titans went to the air for 20 straight points, burying the home squad 34-24.
Even in defeat, Michigan-bound linebacker James Ross (6-1, 205) performed well. After a strong first quarter stuffing the run, he was left without much to do as St. John's switched to a perimeter passing game. He looked solid defending the pass, but didn't have many opportunities to make plays from his inside linebacker position.
St. Mary's probably would have been better-served blitzing Ross, or at least having him play on the outside. He would have had more chance to be involved in the play, as the Titans easily avoided him until the game was mostly out of reach. Playing inside, he was also swallowed by the massive St. John's offensive line a couple times before he had a chance to make plays.
Ross finished the game with five solo tackles (one for loss) and six assists (one for loss). He also had one pass breakup.
St. John's Jesuit had a few players perform well. At the top of the list is junior quarterback Brogan Roback (6-4, 185, 4.7), who threw five touchdown passes. He doesn't have the biggest arm in the world, but he's very accurate and is comfortable going through progressions. He also grew up a Michigan fan, but with Shane Morris already in the fold for 2013, Michigan may not have a slot for him.
Senior fullback/linebacker Kent Kern (6-1, 225) is a hardnosed player that isn't afraid to take hits - or dish them out. He's headed to Miami (Ohio).
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