December 11, 2008 at 9:37 am


All-Detroit football team


Jeff Hill, Mumford: A speedy receiver, Hill had 42 catches for 755 yards and 10 touchdowns. "He's our improved player from last year. He has good hands and runs good routes," coach Robert Lynch said.

Will Sturges, Southeastern: One of the best all-around players in the city, Sturges had 62 catches for 1,101 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns. He also subbed at quarterback and helped lead the Jungaleers to their first PSL title and spot in the regionals. "He's one of the best players I've ever seen and the best I've coached," coach Donshell English said.


Kyle Bryant, Southeastern: Bryant was the key to the Jungaleers running attack, with 85 percent of plays run behind him. "He moves his feet very well and only gave up one sack," coach Donshell English said. "He was the leader on our line." Considering offers from MAC schools.

Rodney Hamilton, Osborn: A four-year starter, Hamilton had 90 percent of running plays to his side. He also started at defensive tackle and had 24 tackles and four sacks. "His best asset is his athleticism and his quick feet," coach Robert Hunt said.

Johnathan Hankins, Southeastern: Hankins recorded 84 tackles, including 55 solo, and nine sacks. "He was a terror," coach Donshell English said. "He's strong and agile for 310 pounds and moves better than most I've seen."

Alonzie Harper, Northwestern: A two-year starter and captain, Harper graded at 89 percent blocking and had 15 tackles for loss. "If he were taller, he would be rated much higher. He's one of the best I've coached," line coach Mike Youngblood said.

Jonathan Hill, Cody: A two-way lineman, Hill was an anchor on the offensive line and totaled 85 tackles and 17.5 sacks and an interception on defense. "He's one of the premier linemen I"ve ever coached and hes getting better and better," coach Calvin Norman.


Edward Thomas, Southeastern: Only a junior, Thomas emerged with 2,568 yards passing, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions and added 380 yards rushing and three scores. "He was a pleasant surprise," coach Donshell English said. "He's a game-type guy. We expect a lot more great things from him next year."


DeAndre James, Northwestern: James, a three-year starter and captain, 989 rushing yards and eight touchdowns and added 67 tackles and two interceptions at linebacker.

Teric Jones, Cass Tech: Jones totaled 2,125 all-purpose yards -- including 1,663 rushing -- and 16 touchdowns in leading the Technicians' potent offense. He runs a 4.35/40 and bench-presses 320 pounds. Committed to Michigan.

Levander Lofton-Jackson, Osborn: He rushed for 1,136 yards and 10 touchdowns on 120 carries and helped the Knights to their second straight PSL and state playoff appearances. "Hes a true running back. He helped us control the clock, get first downs and take care of the football," coach Robert Hunt said.


William Campbell, Cass Tech: Campbell, a two-time All-Detroit selection and preseason No. 1 player in the state, was a fierce two-way player. Off his 51 tackles, 26 were for loss -- including 12 sacks. He had a 98 percent blocking rating and bench-presses 415 pounds.

Alvin Gholston, Cooley: Gholston was a menace on both sides of the line, recording 75 tackles and 16 sacks. "He dominated every player that lined up in front of him," coach Kenneth Williams said. Gholston is being recruited by Iowa, Wisconsin and Toledo.

Aaron McCord, Crockett: A three-year starter, McCord had 39 tackles and 19 tackles for loss -- including nine sacks. He also forced four fumbles and recovered two. "He has superior work either and plays in the opponent's backfield," coach Rod Oden said. Committed to Central Michigan.


Tarence Carter, Cody: Carter had 95 tackles and two sacks and two interceptions and was a key part of one of the toughest defenses in the city. "He loves the game and he never misses practice and always goes at 100 percent. Hes one of the top athletes we have," coach Calvin Norman said.

William Gholston, Detroit Southeastern: Gholston recorded 101 tackles (67 solos), 15 sacks and recovered two fumbles and runs a 4.7/40. "Every game is a highlight film; he's there on every play," coach Donshell English said. "We're looking forward to fantastic things next season." Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa and Miami are among the school recruiting him.

Kevin Harmon, Henry Ford: A fierce presence, Harmon accounted for 85 tackles, 19 sacks and three fumble recoveries and had 188 receiving yards and a touchdown. Coach Mike Marshall: "He was all over the place on defense and led us in almost every defensive stat."

Chris Norman, Detroit Renaissance: A three-year starter and Michigan State commitment, Norman recorded 109 tackles and 15 tackles for loss, with seven sacks. "He's a real student of the game. He watches film and gives 100 percent," coach Antonio Watts said. "He's going to take MSU to the next level."


Dana Dixon, Renaissance: Dixon was a talent at receiver, punter and kick returner. He recorded 35 tackles and five interceptions, despite not having many passes thrown to his side of the field. "He's one of the most versatile athletes we've ever had," coach Antonio Watts said. Committed to Michigan State.

Brandon Person, Detroit Southwestern: Person was a versatile weapon for the Prospectors. He recorded nine interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and had four in one game. As a quarterback, he was 75-of-140 for 1,287 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 875 yards and 6 scores. "He was a great leader for us, our backbone," coach Tony Blankenship said.

Evan Ray, Finney: A three-year starter and two-year captain, led defense with 21 tackles and five passes defended. At quarterback, he had 674 yards and nine scores and rushed for 646 yards. "He's hard-working and loyal and very competitive," coach Tony Elliott said. Committed to Central Michigan.

D'ante Thompson, Henry Ford: A versatile athlete, Thompson notched 38 tackles and six interceptions. At receiver, he had 39 catches for 567 yards and three scores; as a quarterback had 335 yards passing and three touchdowns and also had a rushing touchdown. "He's consistent and a strong all-around football player," coach Mike Marshall said.


Thomas Gordon, Cass Tech: A dual-purpose threat, Gordon compiled 1,347 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 1,128 rushing yards with 11 scores, despite a shoulder injury. On defense, he had 52 tackles and three interceptions. Committed to Michigan.


Theophilus Amaichi Jr., Mumford: Amaichi converted 80 percent of field goals -- including a 35-yarder -- and 90 percent of extra points for the Mustangs. "He was a pleasant surprise because he had a much stronger leg than we thought," coach Robert Hunt said. Has a 3.6 grade-point average.


Donshell English, Southeastern: In seven seasons, English is 38-29, including a school-record 10 wins this season, as he led the Jungaleers to their first PSL championship and district title. "Winning is all part of the process and expectations are getting higher," English said. "Our system promotes success."

Second team

Ends: Delano Collins, 5-11, 185, sr., Renaissance; Ashton Gaines, 6-0, 175, so., Crockett; Brandon Banks, 6-2, 185, jr., Henry Ford.

Offensive line: Marcell Anderson, 6-0, 290, sr., Osborn; Greg Cannon, 6-5, 325, sr., Mumford; Tevon Conrad, 6-8, 310, sr., Pershing; Eric Fudge, 6-0, 260, sr., Henry Ford; Henry Simmons, 6-0, 245, sr., Douglass.

Quarterback: Dennis Martin, 6-1, 185, sr., Mumford.

Running backs: Diontay Clemons, 5-9, 175, sr., Southwestern; Alonzo Graham, 5-9, 165, jr., Henry Ford; Donovan Wilson, 6-0, 180, sr., Southeastern.

Defensive line: Korvon Harris, 5-6, 165, sr., Northwestern; Orlando McCord, 6-5, 250, sr., King; Donavan Rodgers, 6-1, 255, sr., Cody.

Linebackers: Thaddeus Burton, 6-0, 215, sr., Cass Tech; Terry Powell, 5-11, 205, sr., Mumford; Kenyoan Richardson, 5-9, 215, sr., Crockett.

Defensive backs: Reginald Hammond, 5-10, 190, sr., Douglass; Dior Mathis, 5-9, 170, jr., Cass Tech; Davetom Odom, 5-9, 165, sr., Osborn; Darryl Pitts, 6-3, 190, sr., Southeastern.

Specialist: Steve Bell, 6-3, 185, jr., Cooley.

Kicker: Christian Carlysle, 6-0, 245, sr., Pershing

Honorable mention

Ends: Ed Bingham, Douglass; Raphael Fairchild, Northwestern; Derrick Givens, Finney; Deante Johnson, Mumford; Darrell Murphy, Cody; Lawrence Parrish, Southwestern; Cordell Sain, Crockett; Montaque Stewart, Northwestern; Erick Whitaker, Southeastern; Corey Williams, Chadsey

Linemen: Kaleb Bell, Crockett; John Bolling, Southeastern; Marcus Collins, Henry Ford; Earl Couch, Southeastern; Bradford Cross, Highland Park; Chris Devezin, Cass Tech; Tito Gomez, Chadsey; Tyree Harnett, Kettering; Robert Howard, Mumford; Antoine Johnson, Southwestern; Jerome Pledger, Pershing; Apollos Robbins, Northwestern; Donavan Rodgers, Cody; Christopher Rue, Mumford; Darryl Taylor, CrockettTerrill Williams, Osborn

Backs: Clay Brewer, Finney; Donte Edwards, Douglass; Mylan Hicks, Renaissance; Jaisaun Holt, Henry Ford; Mike Jones, Osborn; Tony Lippett, Crockett; Ricardo Matthews, Crockett; Ian Thomas, Highland Park; Franklin Williams, Mumford; Terry Williams, Chadsey; Henry Ziegler, Pershing.

LB: Dontavious Bryant, King; Terence Carter, Cody; Aaron Caudill, Hamtramck; Charles Clark; Finney; Erik Coates, Southeastern; Eddie Dancy, Chadsey; DeQuan Haten, Douglass; Raphael Jenkins, Chadsey; Antonio Liggins, Osborn; Justin Matthews, Mumford; Montirez McGee, Cass Tech; Louis Mitchell, Cody; William Moseley; Pershing; Jihad Rasheed, Southeastern; Walter Smith, Crockett; Ishmael Thomas, Renaissance; Everett Willis, Finney; Rickey Wright, Crockett

DB: Raymond Adeboye, Osborn; Antonio Brown, Mumford; Joe Charleston, Cody; Terrell Colson, Cooley; Daniel Easterling, Cass Tech; Darryl Gray, Pershing; Denzel Hudgins, Cody; Jared Hunter, Renaissance; Jim Jones, Crockett; Marcell Jones, Mumford; Dennis Norfleet, King; Lawrence Parker, Osborn; Gerald Stewart, Kettering