Detroit – Tim Cheatem rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns to lead Detroit Cass Tech to a 27-0 win over Southfield Saturday night in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State.
Cheatem, a 5-foot-7, 190-pound junior, had the unenviable task of replacing all-state back Mike Weber, who ran for 2,265 yards and 29 TDs last season before moving on to Ohio State.
Junior Jaylen Kelly-Powell opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD run with 35 seconds left in the first quarter for the PSL champion Technicians.
Then, Cheatem broke loose for a 34-yard TD with 8:33 left in the half to open up a 14-0 cushion. Junior quarterback Rodney Hall scored on a 27-yard run with 38 seconds left in the third for a 21-0 lead and Cheatem capped off the scoring with a 4-yard run with 2:35 remaining.
Hall threw for 108 yards on 6-for-11 passing.
Freshman quarterback Samuel Johnson III, who already has seven college scholarship offers, completed 12-of-18 passes for 112 yards with an interception for Southfield, which advanced to the Division 2 state semifinals last season. He had minus-50 yards rushing due to Cass Tech's pressure.
"I think the most important thing is we came out and our defense stepped up and got to the quarterback and shut them out, and that's what I'm most happy about -- the shutout," Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said.
Cass Tech put pressure on Johnson, especially with four-star and Michigan-bound running back Matt Falcon sitting out due to an ankle injury.
Southfield was limited to 8 yards rushing.
Chicago Brother Rice 56, Birmingham Brother Rice 20: Cameron Milner went 19-for-24 for 279 yards and six touchdowns, and Clifton Taylor had 12 carries for 119 yards and a TD for Chicago Brother Rice. John Tracy completed 9-of-18 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Steven Krajewski ran for 49 yards and a touchdown for Birmingham Brother Rice.
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 48, Dearborn Divine Child 29: Jairus Grissom passed for 442 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards on 10 carries, including a TD, for Robichaud. Michael Carter ran for 107 yards and two TDs and Traivon Clayton had four catches for 125 yards, including a TD.
Orchard Lake St. Mary's 24, Detroit Loyola 12: In a battle of last year's state champions, OLSM (Division 3 champs) defeated Loyola (Division 7 champs) 24-12. Senior Justin Myrick scored on runs of 3 and 6 yards for OLSM, which also got an 8-yard TD run by Pierce Bauer and a 42-yard field goal by John Kwiecinski. Joshua Stewart scored on a 4-yard run to pull Loyola within 7-6 in the second quarter and Nicholas Lee's 80-yard TD pass to Blaine Woodland cut the deficit to 24-12 with five minutes left.
Marysville defeated Sterling Heights Stevenson 25-14, 26-24: Marysville (5-0-1) prevailed in the championship game of the Stevenson Invitational. Payton Husson had 12 kills and four blocks in the championship match.
Novi 1, Rochester Adams 0: Connor O'Leary scored the lone goal for Novi (2-1-0).
Detroit News staff contributed.