Detroit — Anwar Miah, who works as a driver for Domino's Pizza, kicked an 18-yard field goal to deliver a 31-28 overtime victory for No. 1 Detroit King over cross-city rival No. 2 Detroit Cass Tech on Saturday in front of a standing room only crowd at King.
"I try to make it for my team," Miah, an 18-year old senior from Bangladesh said. "If I don't make it, it's all my fault."
He almost didn't play the game.
"I (was running) late," Miah said. "If I don't come here, my team doesn't win."
Cass Tech appeared to win on a 1-yard quarterback keeper from Rodney Hall in overtime, but a holding penalty wiped it out.
Armani Posey was 9-of-20 for 129 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for King (5-0, 3-0 PSL East).
Marcell Pettaway had 20 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown.
"It means a lot," he said. "It's my senior year. The run game was a big factor today. I had to carry the team. I'm glad we got the win."
Hall was 3-of-9 for 46 yards for Cass Tech (4-1, 0-1). He had a better day on the ground with 15 carries for 173 yards.
After King failed to convert a first and goal from the Cass Tech 5, Cass Tech opened the scoring with 8:20 to go in the first quarter. Hill faked the handoff and rushed 74 yards for the touchdown.
Cass Tech added to its lead with 11:48 to go in the first half. Donovan Johnson broke free on a 43-yard run up the left sideline.
Midway through the second quarter, King marched 52 yards in nine plays. Pettaway punched it in from three yards out to cut Cass Tech's lead to 14-7.
King tied the game with 3:20 left in the half, on an 8-yard pass from Posey to Corley. The play was set up by a pair of long passes from Posey earlier in the drive.
It was 14-14 at halftime.
Dontre Boyd scored on a 53-yard interception return to give King its first lead with 3:36 left in the third quarter. The PAT was no good.
Cass Tech retook the lead at the 1:12 mark of the third quarter, on a 13-yard touchdown run from Johnson.
Kevin Willis ran 30 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Posey found Corley in the end zone for a successful two-point conversion, making the score 28-21 with 11:51 left.
Hill and Cass Tech answered. After Hill and Peoples-Jones connected for a 37-yard gain, Hill swept right for the 1-yard score.
"I'm proud of my team because they overcame a lot," Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said. "Right now, I want them to feel this pain because with pain they'll understand the struggle."
Both defenses dug in for the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter.
King travels to Detroit Cody on Friday, while Cass Tech heads to Detroit East English.
"We've got some work to do," Wilcher said. "I just want to get better. We're going to learn from this."
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 28, Clarkston Everest Collegiate 3: Triston Knoer rushed for 82 yards and led the defense with eight tackles and Marqis Stokes had a 40-yard interception for a touchdown for Cranbrook (5-0).
Detroit Consortium 49, Detroit Delta Prep Academy 14: Demen Glover went 10-of-14 for 175 yards and three TDs and rushed for 125 yards and a TD, Joseph Nowden caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown and Jeremiah Hardge had 10 tackles and five sacks for Consortium.
St. Clair Shores South Lake 54, Marine City 49: Detrell Milling threw for 325 yards and four TDs for South Lake (5-0). Jerrod Vines returned two kickoffs for scores and caught a pass for another. Marine City is 3-2.
Warren Michigan Collegiate 26, Southfield Bradford 6: Tracy Hubbard, Tennell McCalbb and Rodrick Fletcher recovered fumbles for touchdowns for Michigan Collegiate (3-2, 3-0 Charter School League). Bradford is 3-2, 1-2.
Al Willman is a freelance writer.