Detroit – Jaeveyon Morton had the quarter of a lifetime to help host Detroit King avoid an upset in a Division 2 regional final.
King, the defending state champ, trailed Temperance Bedford 7-6 heading into the final quarter before pulling out the victory, 21-7.
King (10-2) will play Birmingham Groves (11-1) in a state semifinal next Saturday.
King sophomore quarterback Dequan Finn overthrew a wide open Morton on the first play of the fourth quarter, resulting in King coaches yelling to Finn, “You’ve got time! You’ve got time.”
Finn made sure he took that time.
On third-and-5 from the King 32, he fired a first-down pass to Morton near the left sideline at the King 43.
Two plays later, Finn threw a long pass over the middle that Morton hauled in and turned into a 57-yard TD to give King a 12-7 lead with 10:56 left. Finn found Morton for the 2-point PAT.
Then, Morton came in from his safety spot to tackle Bedford quarterback Joey Wiemer, who was running the veer option attack, for a two-yard loss, and on third-and-11, Tyrece Woods sacked Wiemer for an 18-yard loss to the Bedford 27 to force a punt.
King had great field position – at its own 40 – and took advantage of it. First, Kevin Willis picked up a first down at midfield on third-and-3, and then Finn went deep again to Morton, who got behind the secondary for a 50-yard TD pass and 21-7 cushion with 6:35 remaining.
“I saw the safety creeping in so I had to give them a good fake and then deliver a good throw,” said Finn. “The coaches just told me to be patient and deliver the throw because they know what I’m capable of.”
Morton, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior with 4.48 speed, has an offer from Akron, but more could be coming after his regional performance.
“I just tried to execute the routes, catch the ball and get the touchdowns," Morton said. "After he (Finn) missed me with the first one I just told him, ‘You’ve got to get it to me the next time,’ and he did … twice.”
Bedford (9-3) again had trouble on its next series when Morton tackled Wiemer, a 6-4, 200-pound senior, for a six-yard loss, and Woods pressured Wiemer into a fourth-down incompletion.