Wyandotte — For the fourth time in five years, Wyandotte Roosevelt has clinched at least a share of the Downriver League title after a 41-30 victory Friday over Taylor Truman.
What started as a back-and-forth game between these playoff-bound teams quickly turned in Wyandotte’s favor after a defensive surge.
At the half, it was Clarence Massey’s two touchdown runs that gave Truman a 22-21 edge.
“We had unsportsmanlike conducts and personal fouls called within the first eight minutes, and you just can’t have that against a team like this,” Wyandotte head coach Ron Adams said.
“It’s something we’re going to have to be able to correct if we expect to go far in the playoffs.”
The Bears managed to make some adjustments and found their rhythm in the second half.
After escaping a sack, quarterback Donovan Stewart connected with Donnie Corley and turned what was almost an interception into a 26-yard gain, setting up D’Aries Davis for a 7-yard touchdown run, making the score 27-22 and giving Wyandotte its first lead of the night.
It was all Wyandotte (8-0) after that.
Stewart managed to find Corley again, this time for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
“They tried to take Brandon Sowards out of it tonight, a lot of double coverage, which opened up a lot of opportunities for Donnie, and he capitalized,” Adams said.
The final blow came from another Davis touchdown run, this time from 26 yards out, to make the score 41-22.
Davis finished with 116 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
With 36 seconds left in the game, Truman’s Donavin Rubins punched in a 5-yard touchdown, but by that point, the game was out of reach.
Wyandotte travels to Taylor Kennedy next Friday, and Adams wants his team to stay healthy and get the win so his team can secure home-field advantage the first round of playoffs.
“There’s a big advantage to playing in your own facility, and that’s what it’s all about right now.”
Truman (6-2) was led by Massey, who had 91 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.
Farmington Hills Harrison 46, Farmington 0:Harrison coach John Herrington earned his 400th career victory, as Lorenzo Collins had 10 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and a 70-yard reception for a score for Harrison (7-1). Jevon Shaw had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 1-yard rushing score.
Allen Park 36, Gibraltar Carlson 26: Nick Fulton was 14-of-25 for 198 yards and three touchdowns, Antonio Reviere had 120 yards receiving and three touchdowns, Manny Andrade rushed for 108 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and Richard Gamble had a 95-yard interception return for Allen Park (6-2, 6-2 Downriver). Carlson is 2-6.
Auburn Hills Avondale 42, Ferndale 0: Chase Lalla rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, and Josh Holloman had 10 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown, for Avondale (4-4, 3-4 OAA Blue). Ferndale is 1-7, 1-6.
Clawson 38, Mount Clemens 27: Marquian Johnson had eight catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns for Clawson (6-2). Mount Clemens is 3-5.
Detroit Consortium 28, Detroit Community 26: Tre’Von Williams went 11-for-15 for 225 yards and a TD, Cameron Lewis rushed for 90 yards and a TD and Desmen Glover had 100 yards rushing with a TD for Consortium (4-4).
Detroit King 42, Detroit Mumford 14: Raymond Mitchell rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries, Jalen Embry had two interceptions and a 22-yard touchdown reception, and Tyriq Thompson had three sacks for King (7-0). Mumford is 6-2.
Detroit Loyola 12, Macomb Lutheran North 7: Trevor Mason ran for a Lutheran North (3-5) score. Loyola is 8-0.
Detroit University Prep 37, Detroit Plymouth Educational Center Prep 6: Dwayne McWilliams returned two interceptions for touchdowns, Tyree Smith added rushing and receiving touchdowns, and Trenell Whitworth rushed 13 times for 102 yards and a touchdown for University Prep (6-2, 4-2 Charter Schools). PEC is 1-7, 1-5.
Grosse Pointe North 49, Port Huron Northern 0: Tod Long had 15 rushes for for 215 yards and three TDs ans Dan Robinson passed for 70 yards for North 5-2).
Grosse Pointe South 36, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 7: Richie Kish was 11-of-17 for 196 yards and three touchdowns, Jordan Spratt had five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, and Sam Hunter rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries for South (5-3, 4-1 MAC Blue) as it clinched its third straight league title. L’Anse Creuse is 1-7, 1-4.
Livonia Stevenson 31, Livonia Churchill 28:Austin Petry had 17 carries for 103 yards and one touchdown and J.P. McCallion had 12 carries for 100 yards and was 8-for-13 for 185 yards passing with two touchdowns for Stevenson (4-4). Churchill is 2-6.
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 28, Warren Cousino 14: Logan Gottari rushed for 257 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for Anchor Bay (4-4, 3-2 MAC White). Cousino is 1-7, 1-4.
North Farmington 69, Hazel Park 28: Chauncey Bridges ran for 269 yards and five TDs and Nathan Penny had seven carries for 144 yards and three TDs for North Farmington (5-3).
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 49, Davison 14:Mark Zanders had three rushing touchdowns for St. Mary’s (4-4). Davison is 4-4.
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 27, Dearborn Divine Child 26 (OT): Brenden Newvine was 8-of-12 for 108 yards and had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), Jermiah Johnson rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown, and Jimmy Durkin had a 10-yard touchdown reception to win it in overtime for Notre Dame Prep (6-2, 2-2 Catholic AA). Divine Child is 3-5, 1-3.
Riverview 45, Grosse Ile 42: Josh Smith had 30 carries for 247 yards and four touchdowns and Marcus Samuels had 15 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns for Riverview (6-2). Joe Bolimerhausen had 13 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns for Grosse Ile (4-4).
River Rouge 54, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 0: Jajuan Kemp rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns, and Dontes Sims threw for two scores and ran for another for River Rouge (7-1).
Rochester Adams 38, Bloomfield Hills 28: Kyle Wood rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown and tossed a 74-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Willis, and Jordan Shize rushed for 44 yards and two touchdowns on six carries for Adams (5-3, 4-3 OAA White). Bloomfield Hills is 2-6, 2-5.
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 36, Rochester 14:Sean Scullen had 22 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Justin Allor was 10-for-14 passing for 159 yards and two two-point conversions while rushing for a score for Stoney Creek (6-2, 5-2 OAA Red). Rochester is 4-4, 3-4.
Royal Oak 20, Berkley 18: Brendan Beerer had 15 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown, and went 12-for-17 passing for 80 yards and two scores for Royal Oak (4-4, 4-3 OAA Blue). Noah Kochanski had 67 rushing yards, and an interception on defense. Berkley is 3-5, 3-4.
Saline 35, Ann Arbor Skyline 10: Griffin Wooley had 19 carries for 209 yards and four touchdowns and Trent Tyson was 15-for-21 for 189 yards, one passing touchdown and also ran for 81 yards for Saline (7-1). Skyline is 5-3.
South Lyon 19, Plymouth 6: Nico Woods had 24 carries for 107 yards and a TD for South Lyon (6-2).
St. Clair 43, Marine City 33: Jared Tobey had 21 carries for 175 yards and five touchdowns, while Bo Meldrum had 21 carries for 185 yards and a score for St Clair (8-0, 5-0). Marine City is 7-1, 4-1.
Trenton 32, Lincoln Park 3: Christian Mercure rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns for Trenton (3-5, 3-5 Downriver). Lincoln Park is 1-7, 1-7.
Utica 40, Roseville 8: Kumehnnu Gwilly had 18 carries for 172 yards and three TDs , Anthony Harris rushed for 71 yards and a TD and Sam Mason had three sacks for Utica (3-5).
Walled Lake Western 45, Grand Blanc 27: Kyle Bambard had 24 carries for 227 yards and two touchdowns, and James LaLond had 15 carries for 177 yards and two scores for Western (8-0). Grand Blanc is 6-2.
Warren Mott 26, Port Huron 20: Austin Ross rushed for 84 yards and scored the winning touchdown on a 20-yard run with a minute remaining, and Vondale Kelley had five catches for 68 yards for Mott (8-0, 6-0 MAC White), which won its first league title since 2009. Port Huron is 5-3, 5-1.
Warren Woods-Tower 48, St. Clair Shores South Lake 28: Josh Scott had 28 carries for 202 yards and two touchdowns for Tower (6-2, 4-1 MAC Silver). South Lake is 3-4, 3-2.
Westland John Glenn 39, Novi 26:Devon Spalding had 250 rushing yards and three touchdowns for John Glenn (5-3). Novi is 4-4.
Marissa McNees is a freelance writer
News staff contributed