Detroit — Dearborn Fordson’s Muhammed Zahr and Jamil Sabbagh couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to their senior season.
Zahr threw for 181 yards and four touchdowns, and Sabbagh racked up 163 yards of offense and three touchdowns as Fordson scored on its first four possessions en route to a 41-21 victory over Temperance Bedford at the Prep Kickoff Classic on Thursday at Wayne State’s Adams Field.
“I thought it was going to be a grind-it-out game. I didn’t think it was going to turn out like this,” Zahr said. “This is great.”
After exchanging touchdowns in the first quarter, Fordson blew the game open with 20 unanswered points in the second.
It reclaimed the lead less than two minutes into the second quarter as Zahr rolled out to his left and found junior Aban Alsulami open in the back left corner of the end zone to go up 13-7.
Bedford turned the ball right back over deep in its own territory with Fordson’s Tarrif Sayed recovering a fumble on the 30-yard line. Three plays later, Sabbagh made Bedford pay with a 22-yard touchdown run to extend Fordson’s lead to 20-7 with 7:48 left in the second quarter.
Fordson, however, continued to pour it on.
After forcing a Bedford three-and-out, Zahr hit senior receiver Hefdadeen Mashrah along the right sideline, who tip-toed his way to the end zone for a 40-yard score and a 27-7 cushion with 3:21 left before halftime.
“The line gave me a lot of time and my receivers made some amazing catches,” Zahr said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything else from them.”
Zahr picked up right where he left off in the second half, hooking up with senior Abdallah Jaffal for a 27-yard score to push Fordson’s lead to 34-14 at the 11:15 mark in the third.
Bedford tried to claw its way back into the game, scoring on a two-yard quarterback keeper by senior Thomas Shepherd to cut it to 34-21 with less than a minute left in the third.
But Bedford had no answer for Zahr and Sabbagh, who hooked up on a 34-yard score on a fourth-and-4 to all but seal the game at 41-21 with 9:11 left.
For Sabbagh, though, his performance was more meaningful because he was playing in honor of his Aunt Andrea, who passed away last Friday after battling breast cancer for 13 years.
“She was (with me) 100 percent,” Sabbagh said. “I was just thinking about her and playing for her. Every time I scored I said in my head, ‘That was for her.’ ”
Bedford’s Shepherd finished with 153 yards of offense and two touchdowns, including a two-yard strike to Derek Shepherd right before halftime, and senior running back Justin Strickland finished with 63 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Armada 41, Clawson 14: Ty Sparks went 14-for-27 for 130 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for a score for Clawson.
Auburn Hills Avondale 46, Redford Union 8: Josh Hollomon had 22 carries for 129 yards and four touchdowns and Chase Lalla had six for 90 yards and one touchdown and Travis Janes had a 40-yard rushing touchdown for Avondale.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 34, Madison Heights Lamphere 27: Jalen Allen had two rushing touchdowns, and Cameron Maxwell had eight receptions for 99 yards for Cranbrook-Kingswood.
Brighton 42, Novi 29: Joseph Clifford had 24 carries for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Matt Sabo had 88 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Novi.
Dearborn Edsel Ford 40, Sterling Heights 16: Craig Gilliard was 3-for-5 with 103 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball eight times for 129 yards and two touchdowns for Edsel Ford (1-0), while Prince AyoOla had 20 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Dearborn Heights Crestwood 22, Center Line 12: Ahmad Elsayed had 23 carries for 240 yards and three touchdowns, Hussain Sayz had three interceptions, and Matt Bhenke had 10 tackles and a sack for Crestwood (1-0).
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 36, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 30: Jairus Grissom went 13-for-24 for 230 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two touchdowns, and William Melchor had a rushing touchdown, a forced fumble and an interception for Robichaud.
Detroit Denby 12, Detroit Renaissance 7: Malik Whitehead had a 30-yard touchdown reception for Denby. Kyle Lewis had a 60-yard touchdown pass to Roderick Dailey for Renaissance.
Detroit Pershing 28, Detroit Henry Ford 6: Fred Roberts had 120 yards rushing and a touchdown, Troy Campbell had 105 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Corey Jones ran for a score for Pershing.
Detroit U of D Jesuit 59, Chandler Park 18: Ryan Brand had two rushing and three passing touchdowns, A.J. Thomas had two interceptions and Scott Nelson had a 52-yard touchdown reception for U of D Jesuit.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 28, Detroit Edison 0: Trey Cain scored had 115 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and ran for 101 yards for Liggett. Will Morrison had a receiving touchdown, a rushing touchdown, and an interception.
Farmington Hills Harrison 48, Farmington 12: Jevon Shaw had eight carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns, and Justin Whitted returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown for Harrison.
Fraser 28, Utica 21: Luke Warchol had 158 yards and one TD on 18 carries. Kumehnnu Gwillly had 270 yards and three touchdowns for Utica.
Livonia Stevenson 35, Livonia Franklin 0: Austin Petrie had 10 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown, and a 92-yard reception for a score. C.J. Weiss had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and threw for a score for Stevenson.
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 41, Harrison L’Anse Creuse 20: Logan Gattari had 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Gabe Studer had eight tackles for Anchor Bay.
North Farmington 42, Pontiac 6: Kyle Penny was 7-for-7 with 155 yards and three touchdowns, Marvin Yaldo had two catches for 34 yards and two touchdowns, and Mason Cornell had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Plymouth 40, Salem 18: Deji Azebiyi went 9-for-19 for 183 yards and three touchdowns, and Cameron Stella had 10 carries for 98 yards and a score for Plymouth.
River Rouge 34, Romulus 18: Antoine Burgess rushed for 154 yards, threw for 121, and accounted for three touchdowns. Lenell Martin rushed for a touchdown, and Ashawnti Howard caught a touchdown pass for River Rouge.
Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 26, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 0: Bryan Miscovich had three touchdowns for Lutheran Northwest.
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 28, Rochester Adams 20: Jack Allen had 20 carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns and Joe Platz had one rushing touchdown and had 12 tackles on defense for Stoney Creek.
St Clair Shores Lakeview 49, St Clair Shores South Lake 28: Caleb Sump went 10-for-16 for 146 yards and three touchdowns, and Brian Moye rushed for a score for Lakeview. Martell Pettaway had a rushing touchdown for South Lake.
Southfield Bradford 28, Dearborn Star Academy 0: Muhammad Yaseen threw for two touchdowns and 145 yards total, and Lorenzo Hampton caught two TD passes and ran for a third score.
Southgate Anderson 40, Lincoln Park 14: Danny McCoy completed 10-of-16 for 201 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns, and Dejon Matthews had 104 all-purpose yards and three rushing touchdowns for Anderson.
Warren Fitzgerald 44, Hazel Park 0: Najon Moore had nine carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns, Jamon Benson had 14 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns and Thomas McCord had 13 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Warren Woods Tower 23, Warren Cousino 20: Darius Jordan had 18 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown, and was 7-for-11 with 105 yards and a touchdown for Tower.
Wyandotte Roosevelt 27, Trenton 9: Donovan Stewart was 10-for-14 for 222 yards and three touchdowns and one rushing touchdown and Tyler Thorington had five catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Yale 20, Macomb Lutheran North 14: Garrett Bondy had 23 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns for Yale. Andy Bilecki had 10 carries for 61 yards, and Charles Kruse went 8-for-12 with 83 yards and a touchdown for Lutheran North.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 7, Bloomfield Hills Roeper 6: Wayne Pervin had three goals for Liggett. Simon Reonnecke had three goals and two assists for Roeper.
In the Kensington Lakes Activities Association at Fox Hills, South Lyon won with a score of 308, followed by Plymouth (324) and Northville (331).
Medalist Caroline Harding shot a 73 for South Lyon. Priscilla Harding and Elizabeth Harding each shot a 77 for South Lyon.
James Hawkins is a freelance writer; Detroit News staff contributed.