State Finals Countdown Day 2: Brother Rice's Fracassa Gets Elusive 400th Win
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:
- The season-opening 28-21 win against Detroit Martin Luther King in the Big Day Prep Showdown.
- The Warriors' 21-20 overtime loss to Warren De La Salle High School in the first varsity game at Fracassa Field.
- Orchard Lake St. Mary's wins defensive-minded battle in overtime 10-9 over Brother Rice.
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 journey," Fracassa, 78, told maxpreps.com following the game. "I've been trying to do it for the last three weeks. I finally got that off of my back. We have lost three games by 4 points and one by a touchdown. It was driving me crazy."
The impact: In addition to ending the distractions that came with Fracassa's career achievement, the victory, in retrospect, was a pivotal point of this season. The Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak and have won five consecutive games for another deep playoff run.
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