Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice senior quarterback Cheyne Lacanaria led the Warriors to 28 unanswered second half points, as they cruised to 28-7 victory over Ann Arbor Pioneer last Thursday.
At 5-foot-9, 155-pounds, Lacanaria finished the contest 9-of-14 passing for 155 yards with one TD through the air.
“Our guys just basically played the game they were capable of,” Lacanaria said after the game. “(Our) O-line was firing off. Brian (Walker) was hitting the hole. Guys hitting their blocks and we just took advantage of our opportunities more in the second half.”
Lacanaria is looking to lead Brother Rice (1-1) to a back-to back division 2 state championships after leading the warriors to the title last Fall.
“This season we are definitely capable of making another playoff run,” Lacanaria said. “I feel we are looking at a team that is very similar to last year personal wise, and we got a whole lot of potential. And we haven’t hit it yet for sure.”
Brother Rice next plays host to St. Francis de Sales (OH) in a non-conference home opener this Friday.
Lacanaria currently has offers from Concordia (MI) and Siena Heights (MI). He also stated that he is getting serious interest from Valparaiso and Notre Dame College. While all those schools are in a Division III, Lacanaria has also generated some interest from West Virginia.
“ I went to West Virginia camp this off-season and I talked to their quarterbacks coach a little bit,” Lacanaria explained. “We had a nice conversation. He said he would take me as a preferred walk-on. But that wasn’t a formal offer.”
Taking a preferred walk-on might not be an option for Lacanaria. He said he is looking for a college where he has a better chance to play. He said he hopes a big season will generate more college options in the future.
“I would like to go to a college that I can get on the field—early especially,” Lacanaria said. “I haven’t really thought about it a whole lot. That’s sort of something I am considering at the end of the season. (I would like) to see if there are different types of interest. And then the way the coaches are talking to me. And then further examining their school."
“In the off-season I proved what I am capable of doing at the camps. This season is going to give me a good idea what type of college ball I will be playing.”
For the full interview with Lacanaria including highlights of his game at Ann Arbor Pioneer click on the video below.
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Interview / Highlights vs Ann Arbor Pioneer