Detroit — Detroit King overcame an early deficit to defeat Detroit Central, 46-34, on Friday in a Detroit Public School League Black Division game.
Early, Central looked like it was going to come into King and steal the game on Senior Night. Central had a lot of momentum, but it eventually fizzled as the second half was all King.
Central made a push in the fourth quarter, but came up short as a late touchdown run by Jalen Jackson sealed the deal for King (6-1, 5-0). Jackson finished with four touchdowns on the day, three in the second half.
“Our boys stepped up big in the second half,” King coach Tyrone Spencer said. “The defense really came up big for us.”
King trailed in the first half but got on the board first in the second on a Shondel Hardnett touchdown run to go up, 25-22.
Spencer said he had a simple message for his players going into the half.
“I just told them that when we get the ball, that we need to score,” he said.
Defensively, King held Central (5-2, 3-2) to two touchdowns in the second half. They came on touchdown passes from senior quarterback El-Julian Jordan to senior receiver Jerodd Vines.
The second quarter was action-packed as Central took a 16-6 lead.
King marched down the field and got into the red zone, where Dequan Finn completed a pass to Jae’Veyon Morton and made it near the end zone, but the fumbled. Vines scooped up the loose ball and took it 99 yards for a touchdown, pushing Central’s lead to 22-6.
But on the ensuing possession, Jackson broke a few tackles and got into the open field for a 70-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 22-12 with 1:48 left.
Then, King’s defense made a huge stop and allowed the offense to have one more possession before the half ended.
With the ball at its own 41, King saw Finn hook up with Hardnett for a big gain, before tossing a touchdown pass to Rashawn Williams to make it 22-19 at the half.
Heading into the PSL playoffs next week, Spencer said his team needs to limit its mistakes.
“We need to cut down on the stupid penalties and learn how to finish the game,” Spencer said.
“And not give our opponent any life.”
Belleville 69, Garden City 0: Julian Barnett had three catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns, Khalid Crawford had five carries for 97 yards and a touchdown, Matt Ransome carried the ball three times for 49 yards and two scores, and Patrick Lupro and Jalen Hunt each scored on long touchdown runs for Belleville (7-0, 5-0 WWAC Blue). Garden City is 1-6, 0-5.
Birmingham Brother Rice 24, Stevensville Lakeshore 20: Greg Piscopink threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns, two to Colin Gardner and one to Jack Moran, as Brother Rice (4-3) overcame a 20-3 deficit. Stevensville is 6-1.
Birmingham Groves 31, Rochester 13: Damonte McCurdy had 82 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries, Josh Salter had 13 rushes for 112 yards, and Ian Ebbing recorded seven tackles for Groves (6-1, 5-1 OAA White). Rochester is 2-5, 2-4.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 49, Macomb Lutheran North 27: Trevor McConnell threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns, Jack Fairman had two carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns, and Torrell Williams had two receptions for 65 yards and a score for Cranbrook-Kingswood (6-1, 4-0 Catholic League Intersectional 1). Davey Tyler threw for 179 yards and a touchdown, Meyer Paxton had nine receptions for 80 yards and a score, and Jake Mlynarek had two rushing touchdowns for North (3-4, 1-3).
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 37, Macomb Dakota 7: Andre Chenault had 10 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Tommy Schuster went 7-for-10 passing for 142 yards and two total touchdowns, and Marcel Lewis had eight tackles to lead Chippewa Valley (6-1, 3-1 MAC Red). Dakota is 5-2, 2-2.
Dearborn Edsel Ford 34, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 13: Will Marano rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries and had a touchdown reception for Edsel Ford (5-2, 3-2 WWAC Blue). Crestwood is 2-5, 1-4.
Dearborn Fordson 31, Dearborn 12: Nick Talfelski threw two passing touchdowns, including one to Tom Guadarando, for Dearborn (2-5, 2-3 WWAC Blue). Fordson is 6-1, 5-1.
Detroit Cody 14, Detroit Henry Ford 0: Leviticus Fielder threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Davion Hightower, and ran for a 40-yard score for Cody (4-3, 2-2 PSL Green). Henry Ford is 4-3, 1-3.
Detroit Delta Prep 20, Detroit Southeastern 14: Craig Shorter had 11 tackles, one sack, 85 rushing yards, and a touchdown, and Robert Beatty had 226 all-purpose yards and a touchdown for Delta Prep (5-2, 4-1). Southeastern is 3-4, 2-3.
Detroit Denby 22, Detroit Renaissance 12: Taivyon Buck rushed 12 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns, and was 6-for-6 passing for 84 yards and a score. Armani White had five receptions for 60 yards for Denby (5-1, 4-1 PSL Black). Renaissance is 4-3, 2-3.
Detroit University Prep 28, Harper Woods 24: Kyle Henderson had 15 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and Davon Ford had 10 carries for 105 yards and a score for University Prep (2-5, 1-3 MMAC Blue). Harper Woods is 2-5, 0-3.
Detroit Western 43, Detroit CMA 0: Derrick Corbin Jr. threw three touchdown passes, including a 25-yard strike to Christopher Lundy and a 55-yarder to Craig Flowers, Danzell Collier had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Matthew Anderson had a 42-yard touchdown run for Western (4-3, 3-2). CMA is 1-6, 0-5.
Grosse Pointe North 56, Sterling Heights 14: Sheldon Cage carried the ball 16 times for 253 yards and four touchdowns, Darrick Hollowell had 80 rushing yards and two scores, and Bjorn Bjornsson was 7-for-10 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown pass to Pete Ciaravino for North (4-2, 3-1 MAC Blue). Sterling Heights is 0-7, 0-4.
Grosse Pointe South 31, Anchor Bay 20: Conor McKenna had 21 carries for 136 yards and touchdown, and Ryan Downey had 17 carries for 78 yards and three scores for South (4-3, 4-0 MAC White). Anchor Bay is 5-2, 3-1.
Hamtramck 34, Detroit Community 0: Lawrence Napier finished 9-for-15 passing with 164 yards and a touchdown, Kevin Williams had a 24-yard touchdown reception, Masai Ray had a 20-yard touchdown run, and Trudell Carter had 10 tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown for Hamtramck (5-2, 3-1 Metro), which is one win away from clinching its first playoff berth in program history. Community is 3-4, 0-4.
Livonia Franklin 10, Plymouth 7: Jake Kalbert had a 5-yard touchdown run and Grad Gibson nailed a 20-yard field goal to win the game for Franklin (5-2, 4-1). Nick Downs finished 5-for-11 with 130 yards and a 62-yard touchdown pass in his first start for Plymouth (2-5, 2-3).
Marine City 34, Warren Woods Tower 20: Matt Byrd carried the ball 18 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns and Donovan Wilson had 10 tackles for Tower (6-1, 3-1 MAC Gold). Marine City is 6-1, 4-0.
Riverview 20, New Boston Huron 0: Cameron Rogers had 111 rushing yards and a touchdown, Zach Warlick rushed for 107 yards and a score, and the defense allowed just 56 total yards for Riverview (6-1, 5-1 Huron). Huron is 5-2, 4-2.
Rochester Adams 21, Clarkston 14: Chase Kareta had two rushing touchdowns and Steven Roncelli had a rushing score for Adams (6-1, 5-1 OAA Red). Clarkston is 5-2, 4-2.
Romulus 39, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 0: Kazmer Bell was 8 of 10 passing for 263 yards and four touchdowns, Andre Grace had three receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Sean Jones caught two passes for 101 yards and a score for Romulus (5-2, 5-0 WWAC Red). Annapolis is 0-7, 0-5.
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 25, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 13: Maurice Hutchinson had 25 carries for 357 yards and four touchdowns, and Bryce Perko had two sacks and seven tackles for Parkway Christian (4-3, 3-1 MIAC). Oakland Christian is 4-2, 2-2.
Utica 42, Macomb L'Anse Creuse North 28: Kavon Higdon had 12 carries for 188 yards and two touchdowns, Leonard Casem rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, Hitesh Kumar had a rushing touchdown and Reid Bonifas had a pick-six for Utica (4-3, 2-2 MAC White). North is 1-6, 0-4.
Walled Lake Western 38, South Lyon East 17: Sam Johnson was 6 of 8 passing for 234 yards and four touchdowns, Justin Thomas had four catches for 162 yards and three scores, and Jakkel Moore-Wells rushed 11 times for 100 yards and a touchdown for Western (6-1, 5-1 Lakes Valley). East is 2-5, 1-5.
Warren Michigan Collegiate 57, Romulus Summit 8: Tracy Hubbard and Jaquez Hall had two rushing touchdowns each for Collegiate (7-0, 3-0). Summit is 4-3, 1-2.
Kevin Moore is a freelance writer; News staff contributed