Thursday's roundup: East English Village makes playoffs

James Hawkins
Special to The News

Detroit — When East English Village Prep and Southeastern squared off in a Detroit Public School League game in Week 5, it wasn't pretty.

East English dominated from start to finish in a 68-0 rout.

The teams tangled again Thursday, and much like the first meeting, East English took care of business and stamped its ticket to the playoffs a third consecutive season with a 48-0 victory.

"We already considered that we were in the playoffs because it was win or go home," East English assistant Gerald Guerrant said. "At the same time, we had to sit out a lot of starters so we could get healthy, but we got everybody some work and made sure we finished the job."

East English (6-3) used a heavy dose of Charles Jones III and Zahmaine March to score on all five of its first-half possessions and take a 34-0 halftime lead.

Jones scored on East English's opening possession on an 8-yard run up the middle to cap an eight-play, 52-yard drive that made it 6-0 with 7 minutes 54 seconds left in the first quarter.

After a Southeastern three-and-out, East English got the ball with a short field and Jones got back to work, scoring on a 9-yard run and punching in the 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 14-0.

March got in on the scoring on East English's next drive, zigzagging across the middle for a 27-yard score and a 22-0 cushion.

Then, after Jones scored his third touchdown on a 3-yard run, March burst down the left sideline for a 40-yard score to make it 34-0 just before halftime.

"Zahmaine is the future," Guerrant said of the freshman. "Charles has been dealing with hamstring issues ... It was the young man's turn and he stepped up."

East English tacked on two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Anton Curtis' 11-yard pass over the middle to Cedrick Lattimore and March's 8-yard run.

March finished with 145 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries, and Jones had 81 yards and three touchdowns on eight attempts.

Michael Spencer Jr. led East English's defense, which recorded its sixth shutout, with a pair of sacks. Lattimore added a sack, Ke-Shawn Little had a fumble recovery and Melvin Coleman an interception.

"Our defense has been lights-out, I don't know what else to say," Guerrant said. "I don't believe anyone is going to score on us the next couple of weeks."

Seville Amos threw for 107 yards (8-for-12) for Southeastern (0-9), and had two fumbles deep in East English territory.

"I was happy with the way we buckled down in the second half and we moved the ball pretty well," Southeastern coach Travis Martin said. "(East English) is obviously a solid squad."

More games

Detroit Central 32, Detroit University Prep 29: Darius Lynuam was 12-for-22 for 315 yards and three touchdowns, and Lamon Moore had five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown for Central (6-3).

Detroit Denby 38, Detroit Douglass 0: Malik Whitehead had two receiving touchdowns and Brent Watson had one for Denby (5-4).

Detroit Renaissance 34, Detroit Northwestern 20: Kyle Lewis was 7-for-15 passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns and had 15 carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and Matthew Gilbert had two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown for Renaissance (6-3).

River Rouge 45, Detroit Henry Ford 0: Aaron Vinson had five receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown, and Dontez Blackshear had 10 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery for River Rouge (8-1).

James Hawkins is a freelance writer; News staff contributed