Twenty-two quarters. That’s how long Detroit Northwestern went without allowing a point to start the 2015 season.
That streak ended in the first quarter of Northwestern’s 19-14 home win over Detroit Henry Ford on Friday night.
Northwestern scored a total of 120 points in that span.
“It was hard fought,” Northwestern coach Jimmy Hill said. “This is the first time we’ve been scored on this year.”
Chris Dennic had 20 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns for Northwestern (5-0, 4-0 PSL).
Danny Whitt was 10-of-17 for 117 yards. He also rushed for 55.
Jeremy Crawley rushed nine times for 135 yards and a touchdown for Henry Ford (3-2, 3-1)
On the opening drive of the game, Dennic capped a 60-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown.
Northwestern scored again on its next drive, and had a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Northwestern led by the same margin at halftime.
Despite the deficit, Henry Ford did not let up.
“We felt like we could still pull it off,” Henry Ford coach Ken Fenton said.
Henry Ford cut the lead to 19-12 with 9:00 left in the fourth quarter, on a run from Trevon Willims.
Willims converted the two-point conversion to make it 19-14.
He finished the day with 12 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown.
“Henry Ford just kept coming,” Hill said. “They have two big-time running backs.”
Henry Ford forced a pair of Northwestern fumbles late in the fourth quarter, but was unable to score.
“I’ve got a feeling that we might run into those guys again the way they played today,” Hill said.
Northwestern will host Detroit Douglass next week while Henry Ford hosts Detroit Osborn.
“This will be our chance to get into the state playoffs,” Hill said. “It’ll be a pretty big week.”
Northwestern has not made the playoffs since 2007
Fenton said his team will be ready for a possible rematch next month.
“We should see them (Northwestern) again in the city championship,” he said.
Belleville 23, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 20: Jairus Grissom was 16-of-21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns for Robichaud (4-1). He also had 13 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. Damion Potts had four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Michael Carter rushed 12 times for 83 yards. Belleville is 4-1.
Birmingham Groves 54, Hazel Park 22: Beau Kewley was 4-for-5 with 84 yards and two touchdowns, Maurice Kelly had eight carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns, Ernest Allen had seven carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns, Nate Higley had a 46-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Nick Moore had two touchdowns for Groves (5-0, 4-0 OAA Blue). Tshawn Green had seven carries for 21 yards and two touchdowns for Hazel Park (1-4, 1-3).
Clawson 12, Warren Lincoln 12: Kourtney Manley was 14-for-16 for 219 yards and a touchdown, and had 53 yards rushing and a touchdown for Clawson (4-1, 3-0 MAC Bronze). On defense, Jimmy Tomsick had 17 tackles. Lincoln is 2-3, 2-1.
Dearborn Edsel Ford 61, Livonia Clarenceville 7: Chad Gailliard scored four touchdowns for Edsel Ford (2-3) — on a 99-yard interception return, 73-yard punt return and 37- and 26-yard receptions — finishing with 324 all-purpose yards. Prince AyoOla had 12 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown. Clarenceville is 1-4.
Detroit Cesar Chavez 58, Dearborn Heights Star International 0: Omar Salih was 24-for-39 with 404 yards and six touchdowns for Cesar Chavez (4-1). Star International is 1-4.
Detroit Cody 12, Detroit Renaissance 6: Michael Drayton scored two touchdowns, Rashond Baker had 15 tackles, and Jaysaary Ball had 11 tackles for Cody (2-3, 2-1 PSL West). Renaissance is 1-4, 0-1.
Detroit East English Village Prep 51, Detroit Denby 18: Delvin Washington was 10-for-12 with 225 yards and two touchdowns, Lindrell Mitchell caught two touchdown passes for 120 yards, Nate Boleware rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns, and Tukeemo McGee had eight tackles and two sacks for East English (4-1). Denby is 2-3.
Detroit Loyola 42, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 17: Blaine Woodland had six carries for 85 yards and a touchdown and D’Anthony Robinson had six carries for 128 yards and three touchdowns for Loyola (4-1, 2-0 Catholic). Luke Adams had 21 carries for 114 yards and Matt Durkin threw two touchdowns for Notre Dame (4-1, 1-1).
Detroit Mumford 20, Detroit Western International 12: Teondre Harvey had 128 all-purpose yards with a touchdown and an interception, Keron Williams rushed 18 times for 168 yards and a touchdown, and Marcus Currington recorded eight tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt for Mumford (3-2, 2-0 PSL West). Western is 1-4, 0-2.
Detroit Old Redford Academy 46, Romulus Summit Academy 0: Chaim Austin had three carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns, Tiereo Hodo had six carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and Deandre Pearson had a touchdown for Old Redford (1-4). Summit Academy is 0-5.
Detroit Pershing 12, Detroit Osborn 0: Nyassinu Crowell had 10 carries for 165 yards and a touchdown, Jessie Johnson had nine solo tackles, two sacks, and three forced fumbles, Demari Morgan had a 65-yard fumble recovery, and Charles Mason had four tackles and two sacks for Pershing (3-2, 2-2 PSL East). Osborn is 2-3, 1-3.
Ecorse 32, Detroit Allen Academy 24 (2OT): Shawn Steward was 12-for-20 for 151 yards and two touchdowns, Jason Williams had five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown, Darrius Adkins had 100 all-purpose yards and a touchdown, Santangho Reynolds had 14 tackles and a sack, and Dewayne Steward had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown for Allen Academy (2-3). Ecorse is 1-4.
Grosse Pointe South 25, Grosse Pointe North 6: Logan Mico was 7-of-13 for 110 yards and two touchdowns for South (3-2, 1-2 MAC White). Andrew Trost had four catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the defense with nine tackles. Adam Elbadawi made five tackles and returned a fumble recovery 65 yards for a touchdown. North is 2-3, 2-0 MAC Blue.
Livonia Churchill 43, Wayne Memorial 6: Sean Stenzel had 16 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns, Mike Hill had five catches for 60 yards, and DeMarco McKinney had a sack, a safety, and a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown for Churchill (3-2, 2-1 KLAA South). Jarvis Martin had 11 carries for 42 yards for Memorial (0-5, 0-3).
Livonia Stevenson 35, South Lyon 0: Chris Tanderys completed 17-of-25 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns, Austin Petrie had 10 rushes for 82 yards and three catches for 97 yards with three total touchdowns, Gino D’Agostino had three catches for 103 yards and a TD and Tyler Hudson had 15 total tackles for Stevenson (5-0, 3-0). South Lyon is 2-3, 0-3.
Marysville 49, Warren Fitzgerald 21: Stephen Gregerson was 18-for-31 for 268 yards and two touchdowns and Gio Kizer caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown for Fitzgerald (2-3). Marysville is 3-2.
North Farmington 26, Farmington 21: Jared Fish was 15-of-22 for 267 yards and three touchdowns for North Farmington (3-2). Jimmy Doig had six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown and Sasoun Tcholakian had seven catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Farmington is 3-2.
Plymouth 48, Livonia Franklin 44: Chris Love was 3-for-6 for 101 yards and a touchdown and had seven carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, Cameron Stella had 13 carries for 133 yards and four touchdowns for Plymouth (4-1, 3-0 KLAA South). Denzel Adams was 11-for-19 with 175 yards and two touchdowns and had 23 carries for 240 yards and three touchdowns for Franklin (2-3, 2-1).
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 39, Fraser 0: Jordan Irwin was 5-for-9 with 133 yards and two touchdowns, and had six carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and Ryan Murphy had six tackles and an interception for Anchor Bay (3-2). Fraser is 0-5.
Novi 42, South Lyon East 7: Alex Bageris was 14-for-16 for 248 yards and three touchdowns and Emanuel Jackson ran for 235 yards and two touchdowns for Novi (2-3, 2-1 KLAA Central). Ryan Skvarce had 55 yards and a touchdown for East (0-5, 0-3).
River Rouge 64, Detroit Community 6: Alexander Carter and Jalen Jackson had two rushing touchdowns each, Marquise Robinson had four solo tackles and two interceptions, DeAnte Rigsby had four tackles, a sack, and an interception, and George Matthey recorded four tackles and a sack for River Rouge (5-0). Community is 1-4.
Riverview 42, Monroe Jefferson 7: Tyler Chase had eight carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns and Shane Sparks had two carries for 35 yards and two touchdowns (3-2, 2-2 Huron League). Nick Humphrey ran 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown for Jefferson (1-4, 1-3).
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 47, Troy 0: Frankie Potenza was 7-of-9 for 125 yards and two touchdowns — both to Brady Campbell — for Stoney Creek (2-3, 2-2 OAA Red). Brett Pokley had six carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Troy is 0-5, 0-4.
U-D Jesuit 41, Dearborn Divine Child 7: Michael Sims passed for 300 yards and five touchdowns, and Scott Nelson had two touchdowns for U-D (4-1). Divine Child is 2-3.
Utica 38, Warren Cousino 24: Kumehnnu Gwilly had 43 carries for 301 yards and six touchdowns for Utica (3-2). Nathan Ayers had 26 carries for 154 yards. Cousino is 3-2.
Utica Ford 48, Sterling Heights 33: Michael DeRoy had 11 carries for 274 yards and four touchdowns, Kevin Large had nine carries for 106 yards and a touchdown and Gianni Guido had eight total tackles for Ford (4-1). De’quan Oliver had 12 rushes for 126 yards and four catches for 95 yards with three total touchdowns for Sterling Heights (4-1).
Al Willman is a freelance writer; News staff contributed