September 28, 2011
Video: Godin leads Detroit Catholic Central to victory over Morris's De La Salle
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - In a battle of undefeated teams, Detroit Catholic Central and 2012 Michigan commit Matthew Godin took down Warren (Mich.) De La Salle and Godin's future teammate, junior quarterback Shane Morris. Morris's Pilots hurried out to a 10-0 lead, but the Shamrocks responded to take a 14-10 lead with 7:14 remaining in the contest. Thanks to offensive miscues by De La Salle, the lead held, and CC took the four-point victory in the Catholic League opener for both teams.
2013 Michigan commit Shane Morris finished 14/26 passing for 131 yards with 1 interception for the Pilots. He was plagued by drops, and the numbers could have been much better if some catchable balls had been brought in by his receiving corps.
On the other side, Detroit Catholic Central's Matt Godin, a 2012 Michigan commit, made seven total tackles for the Shamrocks. He also had a couple quarterback hurries, though most of his plays were made in the run game. He also started at left tackle for the Shamrock offense.
It should come as no surprise that I'm going to defend Shane Morris's poor numbers in this contest. Unlike last week against Brother Rice, when I didn't think he was sharp in his passing, he was on point almost the entire game. However, his receiving corps consistently drops passes that they should catch, which really deflates his numbers. If last week was a sub-par performance from Morris (and it was), this week's was quite good, despite the result of the game. For the second week in a row, Morris was effective on the ground, rushing 10 times for 28 yards - including a pair of 5-yard sacks.
The first thing I thought about Godin - who I saw in action for the first time this season - was that his frame is more slender than I was expecting. Though some Michigan fans would like to see him bulk up and become a defensive tackle (his primary defensive position in high school), he should be able to play the strongside defensive end in college. He held up well at the point of attack, and managed to make plays at the line of scrimmage in this game. I would like to see him a little more active on the pass rush, though that's hard to do from the inside of the line. He did manage to get some pressure, which is a positive. He was also solid at offensive tackle, though it's unlikely that he plays the position in college.
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