Detroit News All-Metro Football: Detroit

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Detroit King's Ambry Thomas had 37 catches for 902 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading his team to a second consecutive Division 2 title.

Here is the The Detroit News’ All-Metro Detroit team, selected by David Goricki in consultation with coaches.​

ENDS

Hunter Harris, 6-3, 205, Sr., Detroit Loyola

Harris used his outstanding speed and size to get 36 receptions for 590 yards and six TDs to help Loyola reach the Division 7 championship game.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, 6-2, 195, Sr., Detroit Cass Tech

Peoples-Jones, a five-star receiver, lived up to the hype by leading Cass Tech to the Division 1 championship . He had 60 catches for 1,064 yards and 17 TDs, while also grabbing four interceptions and returning one for a TD.

Ambry Thomas, 5-11, 175, Sr., Detroit King

Thomas was a two-way standout for King, leading it to its second straight Division 2 state championship. He had 37 receptions for 902 yards and 14 TDs while also intercepting two passes and scoring once on a kickoff return and once on a punt return.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

KelvinAteman, 6-5, 300, Sr., Detroit Cass Tech

Ateman had an outstanding season at left tackle for Cass Tech, protecting quarterback Rodney Hall while opening holes for Donovan Johnson to run through, helping Cass Tech win PSL and Division 1 state championships.

Jordan Reid, 6-4, 285, Sr., Detroit Cass Tech

Reid was a dominant two-way player for Cass Tech, didn’t allow a sack all season while helping open holes for the champions. He also had 52 tackles and 10 sacks.

Tyrone Sampson, 6-3, 310, Jr., Detroit East English

Sampson is a three-year starting center for East English, earning eight Division 1 offers with his outstanding blocking and pass protection.

Carlos Vettorello, 6-4, 275, Jr., U-D Jesuit

Vettorello started every game since his sophomore year. He didn’t allow a sack this season and had 42 tackles, three sacks and knocked down five passes to help U-D reach the state playoffs.

Orniska Webster, 5-11, 245, Jr., Detroit East English

Webster showed his versatility on the offensive line helping protect quarterback Delvin Washington and opening holes for Zhamaine March. On defense, he had 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered one.

Detroit Cass Tech's  Rodney Hall

QUARTERBACK

Rodney Hall, 6-2, 200, Sr., Detroit Cass Tech

Hall was an outstanding dual-threat quarterback, throwing for 2,636 yards and 28 TDs while rushing for 1,042 yards and 15 TDs to lead Cass Tech to its first Division 1 state championship since consecutive titles in 2011-12.

RUNNING BACKS

Adonte Calhoun, 5-10, 210, Sr., Detroit Denby

Calhoun has rushed for 1,229 yards and 14 TDs, averaging nine yards a carry to help Denby reach the state playoffs, finishing 8-2 with a Division 5 pre-district 14-0 loss to Algonac.

Donovan Johnson, 5-9, 180, Sr., Detroit Cass Tech

Johnson rushed for 1,100 yards (15-yard average) and 16 TDs to lead unbeaten Cass Tech to the Division 1 championship. He ran for 292 yards and four TDs in a 43-42 regional win over Saline. He also had a dozen pass breakups and three interceptions and scored on three kickoff returns.

University of Detroit Jesuit's Elijah Collins

ATHLETE

Elijah Collins, 6-2, 195, Jr., U-D Jesuit

Collins displayed big-play ability after sitting out last year to concentrate on U-D winning the Class A basketball championship. He made an impact all over, scoring six TDs in a 56-8 win over Holy Trinity in Week 3, scoring on a 75-yard kickoff return, a 44-yard reception, an interception return and three rushes.

KICKER

Luis Borjas, 5-7, 150, Sr., Detroit Cass Tech

Borjas converted 10 of 12 field goals, including a 49-yarder in the PSL championship game win over Detroit King. He made all of his 62 PAT attempts. He made all seven of his PAT attempts in the 49-20 win over Detroit Catholic Central in the Division 1 title game.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Jaysaar Ball, 6-3, 245, Sr., Detroit Cody

Ball was a three-year starter for Cody, getting in on 59 tackles, making 13 sacks and forcing three fumbles to help Cody earn a state playoff appearance.

Damani Green, 6-0, 300, Sr., Detroit King

Green was a force in the middle of the defensive line, clogging up the middle to stop the running game to help King win its second straight Division 2 state title. He had 47 tackles, including 11 for loss, and eight sacks.

Antonio McCants, 6-3, 225, Sr., Detroit Western

McCants was in on 103 tackles, including 42 for lost yardage, and 16 sacks. He also scored three TDs as a tight end.

Eric Smith, 5-11, 280, Jr., Detroit Cass Tech

Smith was a force in the middle of the defense for Cass Tech, clogging the middle to get in on 48 tackles, 14 for lost yardage, and make five sacks to help it win the Division 1 state title with a 14-0 record.

LINEBACKERS

Kailen Abrams, 6-2, 225, Sr., Detroit Loyola

Abrams was all over the field for Loyola all season, capped off with 16 tackles, including 4½  for loss, in a 28-14 loss to Pewamo-Westphalia in the Division 7 championship game at Ford Field. He had 150 tackles for the season, 16 for loss, while recovering four fumbles and intercepting three passes.

Cepeda Phillips, 6-1, 230, Sr., Detroit King

Phillips, a three-year starter for King, always seemed to be around the ball, getting in on 10 tackles in the Division 2 championship game, including a sack, and forcing a fumble. He finished his senior season with 98 tackles, 14½ for loss, while forcing four fumbles.

Taron Young, 6-0, 235, Sr., Detroit Cass Tech

Young finished his senior season with 123 tackles, including a dozen for loss, while recovering three fumbles and intercepting a pass for the Division 1 champion. He also had 10 receptions for 89 yards and two TDs.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Kalon Gervin, 5-10, 170, Jr., Detroit Cass Tech

Gervin was a shut-down corner, not allowing a single receiver to catch a pass on him while Cass Tech won the Division 1 state championship with a 14-0 record. He had 23 tackles, 14 pass breakups and an interception.

Jaylen Kelly-Powell was a shutdown corner at Cass Tech.

Jaylen Kelly-Powell, 6-0, 195, Sr., Detroit Cass Tech

Kelly-Powell has developed into one of the premier players in the state, a shut-down defender capable of making big plays offensively, as well. He was in on 52 tackles, broke up 22 passes and had three interceptions while also rushing for 587 yards and eight TDs, averaging 11 yards per carry.

Zhamaine March, 5-8, 175, Jr., Detroit East English

March had five interceptions while also making an impact on the offensive side of the ball, rushing for 1,300 yards.

Jaeveyon Morton, 5-10, 160, Jr., Detroit King

Morton, who had big playoff efforts, finished with 38 receptions for 567 yards and 13 TDs, and intercepted six passes, returning four for TDs. He also returned a fumble and a kick for TDs, was in on 51 tackles and broke up seven passes.

PUNTER

Ceophus Tucker, Jr., Detroit Community

Tucker was a major factor as a receiver, defensive end and as a punter, where he averaged more than 45 yards a punt. He had 985 receiving yards and six TDs and had 22 sacks.

Detroit King coach Tyrone Spencer

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tyrone Spencer, Detroit King: Spencer, the defensive coordinator for six seasons, took over as head coach after Dale Harvel passed away from a heart attack just prior to the season. He helped guide King to its second straight Division 2 championship, this one coming after losing a huge senior class, including Division I players Donnie Corley and Martell Pettaway.

SECOND TEAM

Ends: Maurice Allen, 6-4, 225, Sr., Detroit Central; Anthony Turner, 5-10, 160, Sr., Detroit Cesar Chavez; Samuel Womack, 6-0, 175, Sr., Detroit East English

Offensive linemen: Dave Blake, 6-0, 255, Jr., Detroit Denby; Jeremiah Hardge, 6-2, 260, Jr., Detroit King; Eric Mitchell, 6-2, 275, Sr., Detroit Western; Narico Richardson, 6-5, 260, Sr., Detroit Northwestern; Aaron Wood, 5-11, 300, Sr., Detroit Mumford

Running backs: Demetrious Christian, 5-9, 215, Jr., Detroit Central; Zyaire Gardner, 6-1, 195, Sr., Detroit Cody; Kevin Willis, 5-11, 175, Jr., Detroit King

Quarterback: Delvin Washington, 6-3, 240, Sr., Detroit East English

Athlete: Devin George, 5-9, 170, Sr., Detroit Western

Defensive linemen: Jalen Bell, 6-0, 275, So., Detroit King; Deon Butler, 5-10, 225, Sr., Detroit Northwestern; Eric Smith, 5-11, 260, Jr., Detroit Cass Tech; Aaron Wood, 6-0, 325, Sr., Detroit Mumford

Linebackers: Chaim Austin, 5-9, 250, Jr., Detroit Central; Zyaire Gardner, 6-1, 190, Sr., Detroit Cody; Brian McNamara, 6-1, 235, Sr., U-D Jesuit; DeAndre Square, 6-0, 200, Jr., Detroit Cass Tech

Defensive backs: Darius Atkins, 5-7, 150, Jr., Detroit Central; Laviean Fields, 6-1, 170, Jr., Detroit Mumford; Ian Macon, 5-10, 170, Sr., Detroit Central; Jesse Scarber, 5-9, 160, Sr., Detroit King

Punter: Martez Roberson, Detroit King, 5-10, 190, Fr., Detroit King

Kicker: Brandon Stevenson, Detroit Denby

HONORABLE MENTION

Ends: Teone Allen, Detroit Cass Tech; D.J. Atkins, Detroit Central; Devin George, Detroit Western; Donovan Parker, Detroit Cass Tech; Omar Twilley, Detroit Pershing; Lemeul Watley, Detroit East English; Brent Watson, Detroit Western; Jaylen Wilson, Detroit King

Offensive linemen: Tyreke Ford, Hamtramck; Alonzo Fudge, 6-0, 220, Sr., Detroit Northwestern; Christian Chatman, Detroit King; Anthony Moore, Detroit Community; Jaylin Phillips, Detroit East English; Trevon Roberts, Detroit Central; Colin Sartor, Detroit Central; Gerald Sims, Detroit Cody; Leon Sims, Detroit Southeastern; Marcell Wilson, Detroit King

Running backs: Roderic Harris, Detroit Western; Tyrone Chambers-Jackson, Detroit Community; Malcolm Mayes, Detroit Loyola; D’Anthony Robinson, Detroit Loyola; Cam’Ron Starks, Detroit Renaissance.

Quarterbacks: Derrick Corbin, Detroit Western; Dequan Finn, Detroit King; El Julian Jordan, Detroit Central; Lawrence Napier, Hamtramck; Marcus Smith, Detroit Northwestern; Matthew Webb, Detroit CMA

Defensive linemen: Dave Blake, Detroit Denby; Jajuan Brown, Hamtramck; Korey Dennis, Detroit Northwestern; Jaylin Early, Detroit Denby; Dacari Green, Detroit Cass Tech; Greg Johnson, Detroit Mumford; Arion Reeves, Detroit Pershing; Santangho Reynolds, Detroit Central; Maurice White, Detroit King; Tyrece Woods, Detroit King

Linebackers: Matthew Anderson, Detroit Western; DeSean Boyd, Detroit Cass Tech; Michael Bursey, Detroit Pershing; Alton Dawson, Detroit Henry Ford; Brandon Green, Detroit Mumford; Terrell Harris, Detroit Douglass; Keith Johnson, Detroit Loyola; Cerell Lewis, Detroit Mumford; Jordan Lewis, Detroit Cass Tech; Dayone Smith, Detroit Western; Tim Stallworth, Detroit Central; Cam’Ron Starks, Detroit Renaissance; Keonte Streater, Detroit Mumford; Jeremiah Thomas, Detroit King; Delvon Wells, Detroit Northwestern

Defensive backs: Leotis Briggs, Detroit Central; Dominique Fuller, Detroit Northwestern; Ricky Garner, Detroit Henry Ford; Marvin Grant, Detroit King; Ian Macon, Detroit Central; Curtis Murphy, Detroit Southeastern; Omar Pagan, Detroit Mumford; Willie Reid, Detroit Cass Tech; Gerard Sim, Detroit Cody; James Smith, Detroit Community; A.J. Thomas, U-D Jesuit; Tonato Tutt, Detroit Denby; Donnie Williams, Detroit Cass Tech

Athlete: Xavier Williams, Detroit Henry Ford