Detroit — It wasn’t a question of weather West Bloomfield quarterback Trishton Jackson could move the ball, but could he finish enough drives against Dearborn’s defense Thursday.
Aside from a couple early mistakes, the answer is yes, he could finish enough drives.
Jackson, a dual-threat junior quarterback, accounted for 335 yards offense as West Bloomfield rolled a 35-13 victory in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Adams Field.
“Before the game, my coach told me there’s going to be good plays and bad plays and I would just have to get the bad ones out of my head and just get to the next play,” said Jackson, who rushed for 150 yards (22 carries) and was 15-for-23 passing for 203 yards and a touchdown.
Things started out slowly for Jackson and Co.
West Bloomfield moved into Dearborn territory on its first three possessions, only to come up short each time.
Two of the drives ended with interceptions, with the third resulting in a missed field goal.
Jackson’s first interception led to Dearborn’s first touchdown, a 33-yard pass from Albert Ferris to Ismail Bazzi.
But West Bloomfield’s linemen took control, especially on defense, where they limited Dearborn to 94 rushing yards on 35 carries.
And on offense, West Bloomfield pounded the ball for 284 yards rushing (47 attempts), getting on the board on Navon Mosley’s 11-yard run after defensive lineman Theo Majette recovered a fumble at Dearborn’s 23 early in the second quarter.
And Jackson’s older brother, Obbie, helped him out as well.
Obbie Jackson, a senior cornerback/receiver, knocked the ball away from Joseph Berry on Michael Berry’s pass near the goal line with West Bloomfield holding a 7-6 lead. Obbie Jackson left the game on that play, rolling an ankle. Michael Berry (11-for-21, 80 yards, touchdown, two interceptions) then found Joseph Berry for an 8-yard scoring pass and a 13-7 Dearborn lead.
Obbie Jackson, however, returned and hauled in a 41-yard pass from Trishton Jackson to set up Trishton’s 10-yard scoring run with 1:13 left in the half to give West Bloomfield a 14-13 lead.
West Bloomfield opened the second half with two scores — Michael King scored from 1 yard out and Trishton Jackson hooked up with his brother for a 26-yard scoring pass — to take a 28-13 lead with 7:35 left.
“It felt real good,” Jackson said of his scoring toss to his brother. “It was a hot route for me. I knew it would work and he’d go get the ball.”
Said Obbie Jackson: “He had a little rough start and I applaud him for coming back after it to help us come out on top. I’m just proud of him as a big brother. That was a great pass down here (late in the first half). And, this one down here (for TD), I just love him. It was great.”