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Cass Tech, U-D Jesuit, East English Village win big

Breaks open: Cass Tech running back Deon Drake (15) blows by two GP South defenders for yardage in a MHSAA pre-district game at Cass Tech. Drake scored two touchdowns in the Technicians’ 35-0 rout of the Blue Devils.

Breaks open: Cass Tech running back Deon Drake (15) blows by two GP South defenders for yardage in a MHSAA pre-district game at Cass Tech. Drake scored two touchdowns in the Technicians’ 35-0 rout of the Blue Devils.

State Football Playoffs

Local teams victorious in opening round

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — After winning the PSL crown last week, Cass Tech started their defense of the MHSAA State Division 1 title on the right foot, shutting out Grosse Pointe South 35-0 on Nov. 2 at their home field. The Technicians (10-0), who have won the last two Division 1 state football championships, are aiming to win their third in a row.

“We’re trying to make this year a three-peat,” said Cass Tech junior quarterback Jayru Campbell who threw three touchdown passes in the contest.

Cass Tech got its first touchdown in the first quarter when running back Deon Drake scored on a 13-yard run. Drake then caught a 14-yard pass from Campbell and scored again in the second quarter.  Running back Mike Weber then caught a two-point conversion pass from Campbell giving Cass Tech a 14-0 lead at the half.

The Technicians then scored twice more in the third. Weber caught a 25-yard pass from Campbell, with the Technicians picking up a couple of extra points on two-point conversion run. Next, tight end Chris McDaniel caught a 25-yard Campbell pass. Jalen Sparks PAT kick made it 29-0.

In the fourth quarter, Weber electrified the crowd when he sprinted 59-yards to paydirt for the Technicians final touchdown.

“It was a good game,” said Cass Tech Head Coach Thomas Wilcher. “We ran the ball well, but we have to work a little harder. Warren Mott, our next opponent, is quick and fast.”

Weber told the Michigan Citizen his team played hard-nose football. “We’re going to concentrate on Mott and do the same thing we did today,” he said.


U-D Jesuit (6-4) won their Division 2 pre-district match with a 37-14 rout of Warren Woods-Tower on Nov. 2 at Ferndale High. The Cubs jumped out to a quick 10-point lead in the first quarter when Kelechi Guru scored on a two-yard run at the 6:47 mark and Thomas Forester kicked a  20-yard field goal at the 3:29 mark.

The Cubs scored twice in the second quarter when senior Parris Bennett caught a screen pass from quarterback Ryan Brand and raced 20-yards to the end zone with only 39.7 seconds left. Brand then scored with 13 seconds left on a one-yard keeper. The Cubs led 23-0 at the half.

Both teams scored once in the third quarter. WWT quarterback Darius Jordan scored for Wood-Tower on a one-yard keeper giving the Titans their first touchdown of the game. The Cubs, however, made it 30-8 when Sheldon Doss caught a 25-yard pass from Bryant. U-D Jesuit retained their lead after three quarters.

The Cubs got their final touchdown in the fourth quarter when Randy Thomas returned an interception 95-yards. The Titans got their final points on a two-yard run by Joshua Scott.

Bennet was excited about his team’s win.

“This is a great win today for our school,” said Bennett. “We’re excited because we played hard as a team… Oak Park is next.”

U-D Jesuit Head Coach Oscar Olejniczak praised his team for their performance.

“Our team did a great job on the offensive line,” he said.


East English Village (7-3) won its opening round game Nov. 1, with a 41-7 rout of Grosse Pointe North in a Division 2 pre-district contest. Sophomore running back Nathaniel Bowlware opened the scoring for EEV scoring on a two-yard run. He also kicked the extra-point giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, North tied the contest at 7-7 on a one-yard run by Lawrence Bryant. Bulldogs quarterback Anton Curtis responded firing two TD passes, one for 45 yards to Rico Lewis and another to Brian Rivers. The Bulldogs led 19-7 at the half.

East English Village tacked on two more touchdowns in the third quarter when Andrew DeMoss raced 67-yards to the endzone and Bowlware scored on a six-yard sweep. Bowlware scored another TD with 3:05 left in the fourth scoring on a two-yard run.

“This was a great team victory,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Rod Oden. “We played well in all phases of the game. The kids are healthier and (the team is) coming together.”

Oden said they’re looking forward to their next contest against the Martin Luther King Crusaders.

“Next week will be two old foes going at it. It depends who wants to take it to the next level.”

Curtis said his team worked hard during practices to achieve their most recent victory. The hard work and the win has given the team confidence.

“We had to work hard in practice and now we believe,” said Curtis. “Critics are saying we’re not going to make it. (But) we’re in it for the long run. We lost our second game of the season to King on our field and (now) we want to beat them on our field.”


King, Mumford, Loyola win, Renaissance falls

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Martin Luther King, Mumford and Loyola were victorious last weekend during the Michigan High School Athletic Association pre-district games. King (8-1) defeated fellow PSL squad Cody 32-6 Nov. 2 at King. Running back Raymond Mitchell gained 182 yards in 21 carries. He scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. QB James Speight was 11-for-15 for 182 yards passing while scoring on a one-yard run. Defensive back Avonte Maddox had two interceptions; one of them was a touchdown for 72-yards.

Also scoring for the Crusaders, who led 20-6 at halftime, was wide receiver Jalen Embry who caught a 40-yard TD pass from Speight.

“I thought we played well although Cody kept the game close,” said King Head Coach Dale Harvel. “We really got loose in the second half.

Harvel told the Michigan Citizen although his team ran the ball well he still has concerns. “We’ve got to clean up our passing game,” he said.

Mumford (8-2) got a hard-earned victory over Denby (7-3), also Nov. 2, as the Mustangs defeated the Tars 20-8 in a MHSAA Division 3 matchup at Mumford.

Quarterback Monty Stewart got things going for Mumford when he scored on a quarterback sneak in the first quarter. He then threw a two-point conversion pass to DeShawn Foster to give the Mustangs an 8-0 lead. Mumford got on the board again in the first quarter when Foster caught a 32-yard pass from Stewart and the Mustangs led 14-0 after one quarter of play.

But Denby made it a game in the second quarter when quarterback Raynard Lewis threw a 45-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Jakhal Thompson. Mumford led 14-6 at half.

The Tars made it 14-8 when senior wide receiver Carl Miller was tackled in the endzone after he intercepted a ball in the fourth quarter. Denby was driving to paydirt, but Mumford’s Kameron Pleasant intercepted a pass on the Mustangs 28-yard line. With about two and a half minutes left, James Miller raced 65-yards for Mumford’s clinching touchdown.

“We’re trying to get better every week because we’re a young team,” said Mumford’s Donshell English. “We’re going to take it one game at a time.”

Denby Head Coach Tony Blankenship said he’s proud of his players. “And (I’m) excited about the future of what football holds at Denby,” he added. “With our JV team playing in the championship, things are looking up.”

Loyola (10-0) won its Division 7 pre-district bout with a 46-0 rout of Melvindale AB & T last Saturday at U-D Jesuit.  Paul Ingram led the Bulldogs on two touchdown runs of 15 and 12 yards. Other Loyola touchdowns came from Ian McNeil (30 yard fumble recovery), Alan Taylor (10 yards), Josh Stewart (five yards), Garrett Schaller (five yards), and Ian McNeil.

Defensively Ingram had six tackles, Anthony Fitzpatrick had one sack and Darryl McIntyre had two interceptions.

“We’re going to be a healthy bunch,” said Loyola Head Coach John Callahan. “Now it’s time to move to the next round.”

Renaissance (6-4) ended their season early as the Phoenix were routed 48-16 by Oak Park Nov. 1 at Oak Park. All Renaissance’s points were scored in the fourth quarter by wide receiver Mark Wilson, who caught two TD passes for 40 and 30 yards, and a 30-yard fumble recovery by freshman linebacker Cameron Starks.

“The school hasn’t made the state playoffs since 2007,” said Renaissance Head Coach Tony Elliot. «We have a strong foundation and the future looks bright because we have a good number of our starters coming back.”

Cass Tech 35, GP South 0
East English Village 41, GP North 7
King 32, Cody 6
Oak Park 48 Renaissance 18
U of D Jesuit 37, Warren Woods-Tower 14
Mumford 20, Denby 8
St. Clair 47, Old Redford Academy 14
Monroe St. Mary’s CC 30, River Rouge 14
University Prep 42, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 34
Loyola 46, Melvindale AB&T 0
Allen Academy 54, Adrian Lenawee Christian 32
Warren Mott (10-0) at Cass Tech (10-0), Sat. 1 pm.
East English Village (7-3) at King (8-1), Fri. 5pm.
Oak Park (6-4) vs. U of D Jesuit (6-4) at Ferndale, Fri. 7 pm.
Mumford (8-2) at St. Clair (9-1), Fri. 7 pm.
University Prep (7-3) at Livonia Clarenceville (10-0), Fri. 7 pm.
Britton-Deerfield (7-3) vs. Loyola (10-0) at Mumford, Fri. 7pm.
Allen Academy (7-2) at Ottawa Lake Whiteford (8-2), Fri. 7 pm.

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