Jamil Sabbagh powers Fordson's rout of Dearborn
Dearborn — The crosstown rivalry between Dearborn Fordson and Dearborn has been a one-sided affair in recent years.
Fordson has won the past three regular-season meetings by at least 27 points and has come out on top eight of the past 10 times, including playoffs.
On Friday, Jamil Sabbagh made sure that trend continued as Fordson earned bragging rights yet again with a 35-0 victory over visiting Dearborn in a Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue Division game.
The senior running back put on a show in the first half, scoring three rushing touchdowns to give Fordson (5-0, 3-0) a commanding 21-0 lead at halftime.
Sabbagh capped off an impressive 11-play, 65-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to put Fordson on the board, 7-0, at the 5:38 mark in the first quarter.
Two drives later, Sabbagh punched it in on a 3-yard run to extend Fordson's lead to 14-0 with 2:50 left in the second.
Then after Fordson's defense forced a quick three-and-out, Sabbagh struck again on a 5-yard scamper with 18 seconds remaining before halftime to go up by three scores.
"Our coaches made great calls and our line was blocking their butts off," Sabbagh said. "We were going hard all week in practice. We were well prepared for this game. I knew we were going to come out on top. I had no doubt in my mind."
Whatever doubt did remain, Sabbagh quelled it quickly in the second half. After a Fordson punt pinned Dearborn deep, Sabbagh picked off an errant pass and ran it back for a 16-yard score to extend Fordson's lead to 28-0 with 9:49 left in the third.
"He's a special kid, and special players make special plays," Fordson coach Fouad Zaban said. "I think he did that multiple times tonight."
Muhammed Zahr hit Hefdadeen Mashrah in the back left corner of the end zone for an 18-yard score to provide the final scoring margin with 6:33 remaining in third. It was set up by Adnan Silmi's fumble recovery at Dearborn's 20-yard line.
Sabbagh finished with 71 yards rushing on 12 carries and had three receptions for 28 yards. Zahr threw for 228 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 15-of-21 passing, and Mashrah five catches for 113 yards and a score.
Joseph Berry rushed for 83 yards on 15 carries to lead Dearborn (2-3, 2-1), which had four turnovers and was held to under 100 yards of total offense.
Fordson leads the all-time series 25-11.
James Hawkins is a freelance writer.