Brother Rice's Malzone leads Division 1-2 All-State football team

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EAST LANSING, Michigan — Alex Malzone put substance ahead of style.

The Birmingham Brother Rice senior posted glittering individual statistics in more than 30 games as the Warriors' quarterback.

But it was a selfless attitude that made Malzone a special figure in the history of a tradition-rich program, his coach said.

"Alex was not a flashy, trash-talking type," Brother Rice coach Dave Sofran said. "He simply played the game the right way, and had the ability to make others around him better.

"He was a great teammate and well-respected. You do not have to be hyped up to get noticed; you work hard and honor the game with your play, and generally good things happen for you."

Malzone completed 211 of 325 passes for 2,998 yards and 38 touchdowns with five interceptions as Brother Rice went 11-1 this season.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Malzone, who has made a commitment to the University of Michigan, was named Player of the Year in Division 1-2 by The Associated Press.

Malzone went 33-1 as the Warriors' starting quarterback, losing only his final outing, a 26-21 victory by Warren De La Salle in a Division 2 regional championship game.

As a sophomore and junior, Malzone led Brother Rice to state championships, the Warriors' fourth and fifth titles since 2000.

"He left a remarkable imprint on the program," Sofran said. "He broke every QB record in school history multiple times.

"His presence gave us a chance to win every game. I think he is a level-headed and mature student-athlete."

Some of Malzone's most important contributions came on non-game days, Sofran said.

"He has a tremendous work ethic and competitive streak," Sofran said. "He wants to win at anything he does. He embraced being a leader of an elite program.

"He would run and condition when injured, he never missed practice even when he did not feel well, and he threw after practice when it was dark outside to make his receivers better and improve his ability.

"That is pretty special."

Malzone was joined on the AP Division 1-2 All-State team by Brother Rice teammate Grant Perry, a receiver who caught 105 passes for 1,727 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The other receivers named to the first team by a vote of sports writers were Donnie Corley of Detroit King, Zach McGuire of Traverse City West and Alec Thomas of Fenton.

Tyree Jackson of Muskegon Mona Shores was the other first-team quarterback.

Running backs selected were John Kelly of Oak Park, Caleb Richard of Midland Dow, Romello Ross of Detroit Western and Mike Weber of Detroit Cass Tech.

Weber was among five Cass Tech players named. The others were linemen Josh Alabi and Michael Onwenu, linebacker Michael Oliver and defensive back Demetric Vance.

Jake Cerny of Traverse City West, Cole Chewins of Clarkston, Kamahl March of Detroit East English, David Moorman of Northville and Keyonta Stallworth of Detroit King rounded out the linemen named.

Other linebackers selected were Hunter Andrews of Lapeer, Junior McMullen of Oak Park and Tyriq Thompson of Detroit King.

The remaining defensive backs were Tyler Bradfield of Rockford, Dior Johnson of Southfield and Adam Upleger of Waterford Mott.

Tyler Minor of Flint Carman-Ainsworth was the specialist, Jacob Herbers of Battle Creek Lakeview the punter and John Camilleri of Walled Lake Western the kicker.

Ron Bellamy of West Bloomfield and Jason Watkins of Midland Dow shared the Coach of the Year award.

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