Friday’s roundup: Denby’s defense baffles Mumford

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit — Armani White made a huge special-teams play in the opening minutes of the PSL Division 1-2 championship game at Ford Field on Friday evening, scoring on a 66-yard return off a blocked field goal to lead Denby to an 8-0 victory over Mumford.

“My team made a great play and I saw the ball bouncing so I decided to pick it up and then I just ran as fast as I could,” White said. “This feels so good. We grew up as a family so it’s great to finally get it done.”

White, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior, also was a part of a defense that had three interceptions, all coming during the fourth quarter. Senior defensive end Keanan Harris had three sacks.

Denby (8-1) had opportunities to build on its early lead, but fumbled a snap on fourth down at the Mumford 7 midway through the second quarter, then had a pass intercepted driving later in the quarter.

Denby’s defense came up big in the final minute of the first half to take the 8-0 halftime lead, sacking Mumford quarterback Omar Pagan twice after Pagan broke loose for a 20-yard run, then fired a 40-yard pass to get to the 6 with 44 seconds left.

Early in the third quarter, Denby’s special teams again was huge, blocking a punt to give its offense a short field to work with at Mumford’s 15.

Denby was able to get one first down, but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone as Mumford’s defense stopped the run before Keonte Streater intercepted Romel Taylor’s fourth-down pass to end the threat.

Mumford (7-2), which advanced into the red zone several times, looked like it was going in for the tying score late in the third quarter, advancing to the 20 on Pagan’s hook and ladder pass to Brandon Green who flipped the ball to Lavien Fields for 30 yards with a 15-yard face mask penalty tagged on.

But on the first play of the fourth quarter Pagan’s pass was batted at the line and intercepted by Giovonni Allen.

Mumford had two more chances to pull even in the final minutes, but came up short.

On the first opportunity, Pagan found Cerell Lewis for a 31-yard gain on a screen pass to Denby’s 40 with Pagan then running for 11 and finding Fields for a 9-yard pass play to the 20. But, Mumford’s drive stalled when Denby defensive back Brandon Stevenson stepped in front of Fields near the goal line for an interception at the 2.

“I saw the ball, I ran to my man and had the opportunity to get the ball for my team and my offense,” Stevenson said.

After Mumford’s defense forced Denby to a three-and-out, Devon Lucas returned a punt 25 yards to the 27, but again Denby’s defense tightened up with Donovan Watson breaking up a pass near the goal line, followed by a fourth-down sack.

Denby had its third and final interception with less than a minute left after Mumford started the drive at its own 15.

More football 

Almont 40, Auburn Hills Avondale 36: Zeke Ringstaff had a 36-yard touchdown run and a 75-yard kick return for touchdown for Avondale (3-6). Almont is 6-3.

Allen Park 69, Taylor Truman 14: Tyler Marsee had four carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, to go with a 38-yard TD catch for Allen Park (9-0). Antonio Mangiapane was 5-of-7 for 112 yards and two TDs. Mike Beyst was 7-for-7 on PATs.

Birmingham Brother Rice 53, Detroit Pershing 0: Marcellus Gaines had five carries for 54 yards and three touchdowns for Brother Rice (6-3). Caleb Jackson had a 32-yard punt return for touchdown. Reese Trahey had a 34-yard touchdown catch from Greg Piskopaink (2-of-3, 40 yards). Pershing is 3-6.

Birmingham Seaholm 35, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 34: Luke Adams rushed for 204 yards with three touchdowns and Eli McLean had a passing touchdown and rushed for 63 yards with a score for Notre Dame Prep (4-5). Seaholm is 3-6.

Dearborn 30, Ann Arbor Skyline 27: Mikey Phillips was 15-for-21 passing for 210 yards with three touchdowns and Youseph Saad had six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown for Dearborn (8-1). Skyline is 4-5.

Detroit Country Day 21, Temperance Bedford 20: Steve Mann was 13-for-23 passing for 174 yards with a touchdown and he ran for 61 yards with a touchdown, Chris Bergin rushed for 98 yards with a touchdown and Christian Love had 17 total tackles for Country Day (9-0) Bedford is 7-2.

Farmington Hills Harrison 49, Oxford 7: Ty Armstrong had 14 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns for Harrison (5-4). Noah Hendricks was 6-of-9 for 87 yards and two touchdowns, to go with an interception on defense. DeVon Hudson had nine carries for 56 yards and a touchdown for Oxford (4-5).

Grosse Ile 34, Garden City 28: Josh Sheppard was 13-of-24 for 178 yards and four TDs for Grosse Ile (8-1). Justin Moores had nine catches for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Logan McGraw had a 52-yard punt return for touchdown and ran for 84 yards on four carries for Garden City (2-7).

Grosse Pointe North 41, Marine City 34 (2OT): Jared Jourdan rushed for 174 yards with three touchdowns and Bjorn Bjornsson was 11-for-15 for 196 yards with three touchdowns for North (7-2). Marine City is 4-5.

Livonia Stevenson 53, Plymouth 49: Chris Tanderys was 25-of-37 for a career-high 373 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for Stevenson (5-4). Ian Knoph had seven catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Dairus Timmons had 22 carries for 222 yards and four touchdowns for Plymouth (3-6).

Macomb Dakota 55, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 6: Brett Droski was 9-of-16 for 182 yards and four touchdowns for Dakota (6-3). Kaiser Carleton had nine carries for 100 yards and a TD. L’Anse Creuse North is 6-3.

Muskegon Catholic Central 48, Redford Union 13: Walker Christofferson rushed for 70 yards and three TDs and Tommy Watts added a 51-yard rushing score for Catholic Central (9-0). Eric McCarter caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Carl Ware for Union (6-3).

Novi 35, Livonia Franklin 28: Alec Bageris was 17-for-24 passing for 175 yards with four touchdowns, Anthony D’Annibale had nine receptions for 96 yards with two touchdowns and Aahmaud Jenkins rushed for 108 yards with a touchdown for Novi (5-4). Nyassinu Crowell rushed for 241 yards with three touchdowns for Franklin (6-3).

River Rouge 35, Riverview 12: Alexander Carter had eight carries for 116 yards and four touchdowns for River Rouge (8-1). Jairus Grissom was 3-of-8 for 98 yards and a touchdown. Zach Guthrie (five carries, 10 yards) and Ethan Lockhart (five carries, 31 yards) each had rushing touchdown for Riverview (2-7).

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 40, Rochester 14: Sophomore quarterback Frank Potenza had 216 passing yards with three touchdowns, Dylan Trudo rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, and Brady Campbell had six receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns for Stoney Creek (2-8). Rochester is 5-4.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview 29, New Haven 21: Kory Majewski had 13 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown for Lakeview (6-3). Chris Wise had 25 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. Ivan Krohta was 2-for-2 for 31 yards and a touchdown, to go with a 10-yard touchdown run. Skailar Hage had a 13-yard touchdown catch. New Haven is 4-5.

U-D Jesuit 63, Detroit Leadership Academy 0: Scott Nelson had an 83-yard kick return for touchdown and a 40-yard pick-six for U-D (6-2). Elijah Collins had a 47-yard punt return and a rushing TD..

Walled Lake Western 37, Brighton 7: John Tracy was 20-of-29 for a career-high 297 yards and four TDs for Western (8-1). Cody White had nine catches for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Jalen Marshall had 14 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. Brighton is 7-2.

Warren Cousino 49, St. Clair 13: Ben Maleszyk was 17-of-21 for 244 yards and four touchdowns for Cousino (8-1). He also had a 20-yard TD run. Max Schulte had four catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Louis McCaskill had a 3-yard TD run. Nathan Mahn had a 1-yard touchdown run for St. Clair (4-5). Ian Jansen added a 24-yard touchdown catch.

Warren De La Salle 42, Detroit Collegiate Prep 6: Sergio Gasteroni had five rushes for 47 yards and a touchdown for De La Salle (4-5). Jeff Bianchini had a 31-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard touchdown catch. Collegiate Prep is 3-6.

Warren Michigan Collegiate 49, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 17: Javeonte Brown had 10 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown for Michigan Collegiate (8-1). Shawn Jackson had two carries for 75 yards and a TD to go with a 69-yard punt return for touchdown. Bishop Foley is 3-6.

Warren Mott 40, Grosse Pointe South 14: Jayvon Wilson had nine carries for 83 yards and three touchdowns for Mott (7-2). Andre Chandler had an 80-yard TD catch. D.J. Riggins had 14 tackles, two for loss. South is 6-3.

Detroit News staff contributed