East English shuts out Denby, third-quarter surge lifts Cass Tech
Prep Football Roundup — Week 4
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
After a 0-2 start against stiff competition, East English Village (EEV) won its second straight game as the Bulldogs shut out previously unbeaten Denby 22-0 in a PSL East matchup Sept. 20 at home. The win lifted the Bulldogs to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the PSL East — back in playoff contention.
“We’re getting better through preparation,” said EEV head coach, Rod Oden. “Our players that got banged up are now healthy.”
Roden says the young players on the team are performing better.
“Denby is a pretty good team; they came into the game with a 3-0 record,” he said. “We knew we had to have this game if we want to keep our PSL and state playoff hopes alive.”
The Tars, who suffered their first loss of the season are now 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the PSL East.
After a scoreless first quarter where both squads showed some offensive promise, East English quarterback Anton Curtis scored on a 20-yard quarterback draw in the second quarter. Tailback Nathaniel Bowlware scored on the two-point conversion run, giving the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead at the half.
EEV blew the game open in the third quarter when Kamahl March scored on runs of 12 and 52 yards to clinch the victory for Bulldogs.
“Winning games like this is part of the job,” said March. “I’m happy for my team because this is great comeback after losses to King and Loyola.” EEV’s next game will be at home against Southeastern. Denby will try to re-group against Osborn. Both games are Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.
King, the current leader in the PSL East, rocked Southeastern 44-2 bringing their record to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the PSL East. Wide receiver Jalen Embry caught five passes and scored one touchdown for the Crusaders. Running back Raymond Mitchell had 108 yards rushing on eight carries and one touchdown.
Cass Tech won its fourth game of the season, but played two different halves as the Technicians defeated Cody 30-6 in a PSL West matchup, Sept. 20 at Cass Tech. The victory lifted the Technicians to a 4-0 overall record, 3-0 in the PSL West.
Cass Tech opened the scoring in the first quarter when running back Mike Weber scored on a nine-yard run.
The Technicians had three scoring opportunities in the first half squelched by turn-overs. In the first quarter, when Cass Tech recovered a Cody fumble on the Comets’ 25, Cody’s KaJuan Ocasio intercepted a Jayru Campbell pass — killing a scoring opportunity. Another first quarter scoring opportunity was ruined when wide receiver Andre Cook caught a Campbell pass, only to fumble the ball to Cody on the Comet’s 14. The third scoring opportunity, a deflective TD pass to Cook, was called back due to a holding penalty. Cody never threatened on offense and Cass Tech led 6-0 at the half.
“Coach (Thomas Wilcher) talked to us at half time,” said Weber. “After that talk, we turned things up.”
And the Technicians did. Cass Tech scored 22 points in the third quarter led by Weber’s two TD runs of 35 and 30 yards. A sophomore linebacker scored the Technicians third TD of the quarter when he intercepted a Cornelius Kellogg pass and returned it 19 yards to pay dirt. The two-point conversion run made it 28-0.
In the fourth quarter, The Cass Tech defense pinned Cody deep in their end — resulting in a two-point safety tackling of Cody running back Jovante Ball in the end zone. The Comets averted a shutout when Kellogg threw a 50-yard TD pass to Ocasio.
“Being captain of the defense, I have to hold my teammates together,” said linebacker William White. “We can’t come out thinking we’ll win. We have to play every team like we’re playing CC (Novi Catholic Central). I feel we have the best defense in the state.”
“We played our kind of football in the second half,” Weber said. “We came out to play CT (Cass Tech) football in the second half.”
Mumford (4-0, 3-0 PSL West) stayed in step with Cass Tech as the Mustangs routed Western International, 44-6, Sept. 20 at Mumford. Karl Miller had 126 yards rushing in 11 carries and a touchdown. Kameron Pleasant had six catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively for the Mustangs, Demarcus Taylor returned a fumble 43-yards for a touchdown.
Sept. 27, Cass Tech plays Central at home, while Mumford plays at Henry Ford. Both games are at 4 p.m.
PREP FOOTBALL SCORES
Week 4 — Sept. 20
East English Village 22, Denby 0
King 44, Southeastern 2
Osborn 12, Frederick Douglass 0
Cass Tech 30, Cody 6
DCP-Northwestern 20, Central Collegiate 6
Mumford 44, Western International 6
Renaissance 34, Henry Ford 0
Birm. Country Day 42, Pershing 0
Loyola 40, A.A. Richard 14 (played 9/21)
O.L. St. Mary 41, U of D Jesuit 7
Other Area Schools
Allen Academy 56, Ferndale University Prep 20
Consortium Prep 56, Highland Park 0
D.H. Annapolis 44, Cesar Chavez 32
D.H. Star International 50, Hamtramck 18
Harper Woods 38, Edison PSA 18
HW Chandler Park Academy 28, Old Redford Academy 20
Plymouth Educational 28, Warren MCC 6
River Rouge 68, Community 6
UPA 41, Romulus Summit 13