Belleville — Andre Seldon and top-ranked Belleville put on a dominating performance during the second half to earn a 48-24 comeback win over No. 19 Livonia Churchill in a Kensington Lakes Activities Association game Thursday night.
After trailing 14-0 in the opening quarter and 24-21 at halftime while giving up 295 total yards, Belleville (2-0) forced four turnovers and made big play after big play defensively to thwart Churchill's offense during the final two quarters.
And, it was Seldon — a junior cornerback and Michigan commit — who came up with three interceptions, two during the pivotal second half.
“I’ve never had more than one interception before so this is just crazy,” said Seldon, whose assignment was to slow down Churchill senior receiver Avery Grenier, who had two TD receptions in a 35-21 win over Canton. “We came out with a different approach in the second half. We were talking, all bonding and came out with the mentality to strike and just got rolling.”
Senior defensive tackle Tyrece Woods — also a Michigan commit — picked it up during the second half, and came up with a 15-yard TD reception to give Belleville its first lead, 28-24, 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter.
“In the first half, up front we were doing too many slants, too many movements and they were gashing us because they were playing off of our movements,” Woods said. “At halftime, I came in and talked to Coach (Jermain) Crowell and talked to our other two defensive coordinators and told them to just be true to who we are and stay in our base defense and let’s play.”
About his catch, Woods said: “All summer I’ve been playing receiver and tight end. It was fun. I knew the ball was coming to me once he signaled in the play and I just had to execute it.”
Belleville increased the lead to 35-24, taking advantage of a short field following a Churchill fumble.
Belleville started the drive at the Churchill 33 and sophomore quarterback Christian Dhue-Reid broke loose for a 21-yard run on a third and 10 to set up Khalid Crawford's 18-yard TD run with 8:12 left in the third.
Dhue-Reid, who threw for 336 yards and four TDs, including a TD pass with 15 seconds left for the difference in a season-opening 40-35 win over Brighton, threw for 200 yards and three TDs and ran for a TD.
Before the game, Belleville five-star offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs and four-star cornerback Julian Barnett — both Michigan State commits — received their Under Armour All-American Game jerseys, then watched Churchill outplay Belleville on both sides of the ball during the first half.
Churchill piled up 295 yards in the first half to take a 24-21 lead with senior quarterback Drew Alsobrooks completing 12-of-19 for 153 yards and a TD and rushing for 60 yards on seven carries and a TD.
But, Belleville’s defense toughened up in the third quarter, limiting Churchill to 40 total yards in the quarter while scoring the two TDs to take a 35-24 lead.
Still, Churchill could have made things interesting. On fourth and 10 from the Belleville 44 with just over seven minutes left, Grenier grabbed a a long pass from Alsobrooks inside the Belleville 10, but was stripped of the ball and it went out of the end zone to end the threat.
Churchill scored two first-quarter TDs to take a 14-0 lead with Alsobrooks running for an 11-yard TD, then finding Brendan Lowry for a 39-yard TD pass.
Churchill’s second scoring drive came after it had stopped Belleville on a fourth down play at Churchill’s 28.
On the first play, Darrell Mason Jr. broke loose for a 33-yard run to the Belleville 39, then Lowry got behind the secondary for the TD pass.
Belleville scored a pair of TDs within a three-minute stretch to pull even at 14.
First, Crawford scored on a 2-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.
Then, Seldon picked off a pass underthrown by Alsobrooks and returned it to the Churchill 44. Senior running back Deon Selma scored on a 15-yard TD run.
Alsobrooks was never better than Churchill’s 85-yard, 13-play drive which opened a 21-14 lead with 3:35 left in the half.
Alsobrook had runs of 15, 13, 8 and 9 yards and his fourth-down pass to Shane Morelli led to Mason’s 1-yard TD run.
Dhue-Reid took advantage of a short field following Michael Jenkins’ 48-yard kickoff return to Churchill’s 27, finding Deland McMullen for a 24-yard TD pass on a fourth and 7 with 2:14 remaining.
Alsobrooks wasn't done, directing a 2-minute drill which started from the Churchill 17, leading to his 23-yard field goal with 37 seconds left for the 24-21 halftime lead.
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Detroit Cody 30, Detroit Western 0: Tragene Williams completed 8 of 16 for 202 yards and three touchdowns; Alex White had 12 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown; Joseph Thomas made 12 tackles; and Joseph Wiley had nine tackles, two forced fumbles and a receiving touchdown.
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Detroit News staff contributed.