River Rouge — An onside kick early in the second half of the final game of the River Rouge Kickoff Classic between Dearborn Divine Child and Detroit Consortium proved to be pivotal as Divine Child used that to go on and win 49-28.
After scoring on its opening possession, Divine Child made the gutsy decision to attempt an onside kick and recovered. It then scored on its next two possessions and went up by as many as three touchdowns.
The first half provided lots of action.
Consortium called a timeout before its first offensive snap, which seemed to be a bad sign. That is until Cameron Lewis ran 43 yards on the first play from scrimmage.
It had no problem converting that big play into 73 total yards in five plays to go up 6-0 after just three minutes when Kryon Meyers ran in a 13-yard touchdown. It failed on the 2-point conversion.
Divine Child responded with its own five-play touchdown drive, which culminated with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Seewald to Shane Fugate.
The two teams then exchanged touchdowns for the rest of the half, with Lewis scoring on a 1-yard run and a 67-yard kickoff return for Consortium and Seewald and David McCarty each running in a touchdown (1 and 10 yards) for Divine Child, which led 21-20 at halftime.
On their first possession of the second half, Seewald again connected with Fugate on a 44-yard touchdown pass. A successful QB sneak on a 2-point conversion attempt by Seewald gave Divine Child a 29-20 lead.
Divine Child then recovered an onside kick, and went down the field to score on Seewald’s third passing touchdown, a 7-yarder to Danny Blade.
Seewald finished 19-for-27 passing for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Fugate had five receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. McCarty added a 1-yard scoring run.
Consortium was led by Lewis, who had 145 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns.
In the previous game, Detroit Westside Academy beat Detroit CMA, 40-12.
Birmingham Groves 42, Birmingham Seaholm 19: Zach Van Faussien went 10-for-16 for 209 yards and three touchdowns, and Ernest Allen had 16 carries for 205 yards and two touchdowns for Groves. Tommy Sheppherd went 7-for-15 for 113 yards and touchdown, and Justin Newberry had 16 carries for 115 yards for Seaholm.
Detroit Central Collegiate 52, Detroit Allen Academy 6: Darius Lynuam threw for 310 yards, rushed for 180 and had two touchdowns, Nicholas Knight rushed for 120 yards and two scores, Lamon Moore had three sacks, three forced fumbles and had a 62-yard touchdown reception, and Robert Pinkston had a 42-yard interception return for Central.
Detroit Loyola 42, Zeeland East 14: Blaine Woodland rushed for 118 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, Marvin Campbell rushed for 91 yards, a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions, and Anthony Fitzpatrick had 10 tackles for Loyola.
Detroit Western International 32, Detroit Osborn 6: Romello Ross had 15 carries for 179 yards and a touchdown, Khalil Banks had eight carries for 65 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Ewing threw two touchdowns for Western International. Dajon Watson had four catches for 68 yards, and Jonathan Weems had 12 tackles and a sack for Osborn.
Ferndale 56, Livonia Clarenceville 20: Darius St. Clair had 10 carries for 205 yards and three touchdowns, Markell McCoy rushed for two touchdowns and threw for three, and Tommy Martin had two touchdown receptions for Ferndale.
Grosse Pointe South 28, Detroit Mumford 0: Sam Hunter carried 13 times for 111 yards and two TDs, and Andrew Trost returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown for South.
Riverview 41, Garden City 15: Drew Kroll was 5-of-9 for 88 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Gant rushed for 80 yards and two scores on 14 carries for Riverview.
Warren Michigan Collegiate 26, Waterford Lakes 24: Myric El rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns (71 and 5 yards) on 13 carries, Malcolm Cohen had a 65-yard interception return for a score and Brenden Roberts had a 39-yard touchdown pass to Alden Roberson for Michigan Collegiate.
Westland John Glenn 35, Ann Arbor Skyline 10: Jamie Melchor had 15 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown, and the John Glenn defense had six sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Blake Meakin is a freelance writer; Detroit News staff contributed