Cass Tech beats Dearborn High, 42-23
State Football Playoffs
Second half surge lifts Technicians to district crown
By Harry M, Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — Our seniors had to take over. We just had to keep running the ball because that’s what we do best with our speed.”
The Technicians (9-2) had a golden opportunity for points in the first half when a touchdown pass from sophomore Jayru Campbell to junior Damon Webb was called back due to a penalty. The Pioneers (7-4) took advantage to score 14 points when quarterback Ollie Ajami threw touchdown passes to Sean MacFarlane (first quarter) and Ali Farhart (second quarter).
Trailing 14-0, it didn’t take long for the Cass Tech “Green Machine” to get in gear. The Technicians found momentum in the second quarter, driving down the field with a strong running attack led by junior Gary Hosey (200 yards, 13 carries, two touchdowns) and sophomore Mike Weber (218 yards, 16 carries, three touchdowns). Weber got Cass Tech on the board with a six-yard run at the 8:32 mark and Hosey scored on a six-yard run at the 3:56 mark.
But Dearborn had a few tricks up their sleeve. A flea flicker pass set up a 39-yard field goal to put the Pioneers up 17-14 at the half.
Cass Tech’s defense stiffened on Dearborn’s first possession of the second half when the Pioneers got the ball on an onside kick on opening kickoff. The Technicians defense held on fourth down at the 8:47 mark and the offense went to work attacking the middle of the Dearborn defensive line driving down the field. Webber capped the drive on a 20-yard run to give Cass Tech a 21-17 lead.
After an interception by the Technicians’ DaQuan Pace at the 4:34 mark on the Pioneers next possession, Campbell made it 28-17 when he hooked up with Jourdan Lewis on a 43-yard scoring pass at the 4:17 mark. But Dearborn answered back with another trick pass that set up a touchdown pass from Ajami to Ali Aljebury with three minutes left in the third. Cass Tech led 28-23 going into the fourth.
Hosey started things off for Cass Tech at the 9:29 mark of the fourth quarter, scoring on a five-yard run. Then Weber scored the final points of the game scoring on another five-yard run with 5:22 to play.
“We’ve practiced hard to get this far,” Hosey said in a post-game interview. “Because of the hard work it feels good. We know what we have to do … keep running hard.”
“We just have to play Cass Tech football,” Weber added. “We just have to what we have to do.”
The Technicians advanced to the Regional Final Nov. 9 against Saline High School at Saline. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.