Friday's prep football: Detroit King, Dante Moore too much for Cass Tech
Detroit — Detroit King left no doubt in anyone’s mind as to which school has the best football team in the city this season, thrashing Detroit Cass Tech, 47-7, on Friday night.
Freshman quarterback Dante Moore threw for 277 yards (14-for-19 passing) and four touchdowns to lead the way for King (2-2, 2-0 Detroit PSL).
“Cass is a great team,” Moore said. “My line protected me as much as they could, but when things started to break down I kept my poise, felt comfortable.
"If you overreact, a lot of things aren’t going to go your way.”
Moore has already fielded scholarship offers from Michigan and Kentucky.
“Moore is a young guy, but he’s so poised,” King coach Tyrone Spencer said. “He does all the little things correctly.”
The teams could still meet in the PSL playoffs later, but Cass Tech (1-3, 1-1) would have to significantly up its game to make any future meeting this season competitive.
“It was awesome to get that win,” Spencer said. “We lost our first two games this season, but I knew our young team would get better. They did a great job this week in practice preparing and the result shows it. We executed the game plan as perfectly as you can in football.”
Senior Peny Boone (Maryland) complemented Moore, running in for two scores and catching two others for touchdowns.
The bruising back had 44 yards on nine carries for a 4.9-yard average and , plus added four catches for 64 yards.
“Nobody can beat King,” Boone said. “Once we get turned up, we’re untouchable. We practiced hard this week and showed it on the field.”
“I had to shut people up,” Boone said. “They were talking crazy, and I couldn’t let them do it. I was disappointed in myself earlier in the season. It was just me in my head.”
Moore commended his running back's performance.
“Peny’s been shaky this season, but today he was hitting the hole hard,” Moore said. “He was way better today.”
King's coach also lauded Boone.
“He was trying to bounce everything outside in the first two weeks, and it didn’t go his way,” Spencer said. “He got down on himself but we talked to him, picked him back up, and it showed today.”
Senior receiver Marshawn Lee made the most of only a few touches for King. The 5-foot-7 jitterbug had catch-and-runs of 69 and 26 yards.
“Height to me has never meant anything,” Lee said. “It’s all about what’s in your heart, and I’ve got the biggest heart on the field. Everybody in the city knows how intense this rivalry is on game day, so during practice we had to keep the intensity at a high level. That’s why we were able to come out and get the victory.”
Sophomore running back De’Monnie Hendrix and senior wide receiver Rashawn Williams (Indiana commit) also scored for King.
Cass Tech’s lone touchdown was scored by senior running back Donny Scott.
Dearborn 57, Wayne Memorial 0: Ali Murray had three touchdowns, Jake Tafelski had four touchdowns with 100 total yards and Isaac Bazzi had a fumble recovery for a touchdown for Dearborn (2-2, 1-2 KLAA East). Wayne is 0-4, 0-3.
Detroit Central 41, Detroit Pershing 0: Kenyatta McKeever had three touchdown catches and a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown, Elijah Grainger had two touchdown passes and an interception return for a touchdown and Jus'tyz Tuggle had a 63-yard touchdown on an interception return for Central (3-1, 2-0 Detroit PSL). Pershing is 0-4, 0-3.
Detroit Community 50, Melvindale ABT 0: Ben Johnson was 7-for-9 passing for 180 yards and three touchdowns, Malik Smith had two touchdown receptions, Willie Rush and Trajene Williams had 33 tackles combined, and Ernie Chambers scored on a 63-yard kickoff return for Community (3-1, 2-0 Michigan Metro). ABT is 0-4, 0-1.
Detroit Denby 27, Detroit Renaissance 6: Semaj McDonald had 12 carries for 133 yards and three touchdowns to go along with three sacks on defense; Brandon Grimes threw for 183 yards, rushed for 75 more and had one touchdown; and Dejuan Young had four tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one safety for Denby (4-0, 2-0 Detroit PSL). Renaissance is 2-2, 1-1.
Detroit Loyola 28, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 24: Marquise Henderson had 217 total yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Loyola (2-2, 1-1 Catholic League). Gabriel Richard is 3-1, 1-1.
Detroit Mumford 35, Detroit East English 8: Dominick Dawson had two fumble recoveries, one for a 65-yard touchdown, and an interception for Mumford (3-1, 3-0 Detroit PSL). East English is 2-2, 1-2.
Detroit Southeastern 29, Detroit Collegiate Prep 8: Deshaun Matthews had 16 carries for 165 yards and one touchdown, Alexander Evans had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and Leron Roseboro was 9-for-15 passing for 150 yards for Southeastern (2-2, 2-1 Detroit PSL). Collegiate Prep is 0-4.
Detroit Western 21, Detroit Cody 6: Donovan Cole was 4-for-6 passing for 115 yards with two touchdowns and a 33-yard touchdown run, Koran Brown had a 35-yard touchdown reception and an interception, and Marcell Cutright had a 1-yard touchdown run for Western (3-1, 1-1 Detroit PSL). Cody is 1-3, 1-3.
Eastpointe 34, Warren Woods Tower 7: Kaumuari Bennett had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown, Tayshawn Trent scored on an interception return and a 25-yard catch, and Davion Watkins had three catches for 45 yards and one touchdown for Eastpointe (2-2, 1-1 MAC Gold). Tower is 2-2, 1-1.
Grosse Pointe South 37, Utica 0: Alex Shaheen went 20-for-28 passing for 220 yards and five touchdowns, AJ Benson had four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, and Kevin McCarron had four receptions for 29 yards and two scores for South (3-1, 3-0 MAC White). Utica is 2-2, 1-2.
Macomb Dakota 40, Sterling Heights Stevenson 14: Matt Love had 160 yards passing for two touchdowns, and De’Javion Stephney had 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Dakota (3-1, 2-0 MAC Red). Stevenson is 2-2, 0-2.
Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 33, Riverview 16: Alex Morgan had 10 carries for 135 yards and three touchdowns for Catholic Central (3-1, 2-1 Huron). Austin Poe had a 91-yard interception returned for a touchdown for Riverview (3-1, 2-1).
Plymouth 14, Brighton 7: Nick Downs went 9-for-11 passing for 71 yards and two touchdowns for Plymouth (4-0, 3-0 KLAA West). Nick Nemecek had 17 carries for 105 yards and Austin Lin had a touchdown catch for Brighton (3-1, 2-1).
Utica Ford 38, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 0: Taveon Thompson had a 100-yard interception returned for a touchdown and CJ Watson had a 79-yard touchdown reception for Ford (2-2, 2-1 MAC White). North is 2-2, 1-2.
Warren Mott 42, Grosse Pointe North 7: Jerren Hayes had two sacks and a 13-yard touchdown reception for Mott (3-1, 2-1 MAC White). North is 0-4, 0-3.
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer; Detroit News staff contributed