King edges East English in two OTs
Prep Football Roundup – Week 2
Renaissance get first win of the season, Denby and Mumford off to early 2-0 starts
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — The game between Martin Luther King Crusaders and East English Village Bulldogs was in its second overtime period. King’s Raymond Mitchell had made the big play in the first overtime when he helped block a 25-yards field goal attempt by running back Nathaniel Boleware. Once the Crusaders’ defense stopped the Bulldogs, the King offense took over. When King’s quarterback James Speight handed off to running back Raymond Mitchell, the speedy back used his instincts. The middle was plugged up and — seeing 10 yards of daylight — he cut out towards the side lines and the end zone. As he accelerated, the Bulldogs closed in on him. He dropped his shoulders and scored.
“I just saw the opening and dived for the end zone,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell’s run lifted King to a 6-0 double overtime victory over one of their toughest competitors, East English Village, making the Crusaders 1-0 in the PSL East and 2-0 overall. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-1, 0-2.
The game was a hard-hitting donnybrook as both teams’ defenses stopped the offenses from advancing into the end zone. Big plays by both teams kept two zeroes on the scoreboard during regulation. The Crusaders had two scoring drives squelched by two holding penalties: a 74-yard TD pass from Speight to receiver Avonte Maddox in the first quarter and a 51 yard run by Maddox in the third quarter.
King head coach Dale Harvel knew that the game wouldn’t be easy. Fortunately, he said: “Our kids have a mental toughness … to stay in the game. “We have some work to do before we play our next opponent.”
Already preparing for the next game, running back Mitchell vowed not to take Osborn lightly: “If we want to repeat as PSL Champs we have to take each team as a challenge.”
In order to get back into the PSL and State playoff chase, East English has “ … to win our next five games,” said East English Head Coach Rod Oden. Sept. 13, King plays at Osborn while East English plays Frederick Douglass at DCP-Northwestern. Both games are at 4 p.m.
Renaissance vs. Western International
The Renaissance Phoenix (1-0 PSL West, 1-1) beat Western International 23-0 on Sept. 6 at King. After a scoreless first quarter, The Phoenix’s quarterback Maliek Phillips scored from 39 yards out on a keeper at the 3:30 mark in the second quarter. Renaissance got a safety when Western quarterback Jalen Ewing fumbled and the ball rolled out of bounds in the end zone.
In the third quarter, The Phoenix increased their lead to 16-0 when tailback Dwight Harvey scored on an eight-yard run. Renaissance got its final points in the fourth quarter when Phillips scored on a seven-yard run. The PAT by Nathaniel Matthews made it 23-0.
“Every win is a crumb,” said Phillips. “We have to collect a lot of crumbs to a year full of wins.”
“It feels good to get our first win,” said Renaissance Head Coach Tony Elliot. “ … (But) we have a long way to go because we’re playing the top team in the state this week.”
On Sept. 13, The Phoenix play at home against Cass Tech at 7 p.m.
Denby (1-0 PSL East, 2-0) remained unbeaten as the Tars dumped the Southeastern Jungaleers 38-6. Quarterback Raynard Lewis threw one touchdown and ran for another while strong safety Zaquan Smith had 12 tackles and two sacks. Mumford (1-0 PSL West, 2-0) also remained unbeaten with 44-6 rout of Central. Quarterback Monty Stewart passed for 317 yards and four TDs; receiver Kameron Pleasant caught eight passes for 187 yards and two TDs, while defensive back DeAnte Mahone had nine tackles and returned an interception 45 yards for a TD.
Sept. 13, Denby plays Allen Park Cabrini at 5 p.m. and Mumford plays Cody at 4 p.m.