Coach Kareem Sadler’s voice cracked as he relayed news of Detroit Leadership Academy’s 20-14 double-overtime victory over Redford Union in Thursday's season opener.
“I sound hoarse because I’m emotional,” Sadler said. “I’m dealing with these kids (Leadership players) from the Brightmoor community, and they finally rallied together as a team and a unit. These kids come from nothing, and I’m just proud they got the win.”
Union erased a 14-point first quarter deficit to force overtime, but Leadership’s Trevon Downer came away with an interception and threw a touchdown pass on fourth down that sealed it for Leadership in the second extra session.
Downer came into the game as Leadership’s backup quarterback.
“I had to make the change (to Downer) in the fourth quarter,” Sadler said. “They (Union) tied it up with a minute left, and we needed a spark.”
Leadership owned Union’s offensive line. Lano Booker recorded 12 tackles and Giovanni Sanders had three sacks for Leadership.
“He (Booker) was finding the quarterback the whole game,” Sadler said. “I made the call for him to spy on the quarterback, and he had a big game for me. Sanders dominated the line. He has the ability to read the play and control the D-line.”
Next week Leadership takes on Detroit University Prep.
Allen Park 42, Lincoln Park 7: Nico Tiberia had seven carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns, and Nick Patton had four catches for 100 yards and a score for Allen Park.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 41, Pontiac 0: Jack Fairman had a receiving and rushing touchdown and Jacob Peruski had two interceptions for Cranbrook, one of them returned for a touchdown.
Clinton Township Clintondale 30, Detroit Southeastern 8: Jerry Whitehead rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and Kareem Harmon finished with six tackles for Clintondale.
Dearborn 21, Canton 6: Jake Tafelski had 32 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns, Connor Whitaker had two catches for 40 yards and one score, Ali Murray recorded one touchdown pass, Ali Saad had seven tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, and Ronnie Pucdkowski recorded nine tackles and one fumble recovery for Dearborn.
Dearborn Heights Crestwood 18, Detroit Central 12: Justyz Tuggle had 105 yards passing and one touchdown, and Alexander Jones recorded an 80-yard kickoff return for touchdown for Central.
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 58, St Clair Shores South Lake 34: Sykunie Watson had nine carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns, Deshaun Trather had nine carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns, and Corvonta Callard had nine tackles with two sacks and one fumble recovery for a touchdown for Robichaud.
Livonia Stevenson 28, Novi 18: Caden Woodall had 18 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns plus two catches for 26 yards for Stevenson. Josh Erno had 21 carries for 130 yards and one touchdown for Novi.
Plymouth 43, Wayne Memorial 0: Matt Mathias had two rushing touchdowns in six attempts for 71 yards, Ray Barber had one touchdown in eight attempts for 115 yards, and Preston Long had two punt return touchdowns for Plymouth.
Madison Heights Bishop Foley 54, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 8: Xavier Glosson had 143 yards rushing on 13 carries with one touchdown, and Tommy Kyles had nine carries for 86 yards plus seven tackles for UPSM.
Mount Clemens 30, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 0: Don Williams had 12 carries for 200 yards and three touchdowns, Tayshaun Peterson recorded 10 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and a 34-yard touchdown run, and Dermonte Cannon had three interceptions for Mount Clemens.
North Farmington 35, Waterford Kettering 30: Jacob Bousamra went 12-for-17 for 295 passing yards and three touchdowns, and Myles Gresham had three catches for 125 yards and one touchdown plus two rushing touchdowns for North Farmington.
Riverview 44, Romulus 18: Jimari Moultrie had two rushing touchdowns and Austin Poe had 80 yards rushing including a 57-yard touchdown for Riverview. Dior Brown went 5-for-8 passing for 135 yards and three touchdowns for Romulus, all to receiver Matthew Thomas.
Royal Oak Shrine 28, Whitmore Lake 14: Connor Benson had two passing touchdowns, Jacob Sanders had two rushing touchdowns, and Alex Armenio and Jay Piekowski each had a touchdown catch for Shrine.
U-D Jesuit 17, Roseville 6: Nick Johnson had eight carries for 71 yards and one touchdown plus an interception returned for a score, Aaron Richard had 22 rushes for 78 yards, and Carson Hinton recorded an interception for Jesuit.
Warren Michigan Collegiate 38, Grosse Pointe North 32: Darrius Love had 21 carries for 247 yards and two touchdowns, and Trevon Daniel recorded 10 tackles for Michigan Collegiate.
Warren Woods Tower 47, Warren Cousino 7: Omari Embre had a 75-yard punt return touchdown and eight catches for 100 yards and two scores, Deric Astrauckas went 14-for-21 passing for 145 yards and three touchdowns, Henry Brown had 15 carries for 110 yards and a score, Ryan Radvansky had five tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, and Demetrius Card had one interception returned for a touchdown for Tower (1-0). Cousino is 0-1.
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer; News staff contributed