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Dearborn — No. 2 Belleville and No. 10 Dearborn Fordson resumed their strong rivalry Friday night with the unbeaten teams playing for first place in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association East Division.

Belleville was in search of its 30th straight regular-season victory, after defeating Fordson in a comeback win last season and having its last setback in regular season come against Fordson in 2016.

Belleville junior quarterback Christian Dhue-Reid led his team to yet another comeback, directing a 60-yard drive that was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown throw to Connor Bush on fourth down with 3:24 remaining for a 20-19 victory.

“I’ve been sitting on the bench all day, I’ve been telling them all day that they throw it up, I’m going to go get it," said Bush, who was a high jump state champion his freshman year.

"They finally listened, threw it up and I went up and got it. That was the only snap I had tonight. I’ve been trying to tell them all night, throw it up and I’ll go get it because of my athleticism.”

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Dhue-Reid completed 11-of-22 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, including a 14-yard pass to Jalen Williams that pulled Belleville (6-0, 5-0) even at 13 early in the fourth quarter.

“He (Bush) plays basketball, and he jumps out of the gym so I told my coach to get him out there, so I could throw it up to him," Dhue-Reid said. "As soon as I got the ball I looked straight to him and threw it up to him.

“In the second half I told my offensive coordinator to put all the playmakers out there because we needed to make plays. The first half was kind of rough.”

Fordson (5-1, 4-1) took a 19-13 lead midway through the fourth when Ali Beydoun found Hassan Mansour for 37 yards on a screen pass on a third-and-12 to the Belleville 17, setting up a 4-yard touchdown run by Keyshawn Smith.

Fordson set up for the PAT and Belleville jumped offside. Fordson then went for the two-point conversion with Belleville stuffing the run.

“I just felt we took them offside twice," Fordson coach Walker Zaban said. "We were running the ball and getting three, four, five yards a crack on that drive and I just felt it was the right play to call.”

On the ensuing kickoff, Bush leaped up and grabbed the short kick at the Belleville 40 to start the comeback.

Beydoun finished 10-of-18 passing for 166 yards. Fordson had one more chance to pull the game out, but the drive stalled at the Fordson 45 with third- and fourth-down passes falling incomplete.

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The teams battled to a 6-6 halftime tie. Fordson scored on a 62-yard drive that was helped along by Kiem Moore’s 2-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play near midfield and two 15-yard penalties by Belleville to set up Smith’s 7-yard touchdown run.

Fordson missed the PAT, allowing Belleville to draw even on Chris Lunsford’s 30- and 37-yard field goals. Lunsford’s third field-goal attempt, a 28-yarder in the second quarter, was blocked but he did convert the final PAT for the difference in the game.

Belleville looked out of sync with its first drive of the second quarter, which started with a fumble that was recovered to maintain possession.

Still, Dhue-Reid regrouped and found Johnson on consecutive passes for 22 yards apiece to advance to the Fordson 10. But Dhue-Reid lost a yard on a running play and a heavy Fordson rush forced a completion on third down, setting up Lunsford’s field goal that was blocked.

Belleville had another personal foul penalty to start the second half, giving Fordson a short field to work with near midfield. Fordson moved inside the Belleville 30 before fumbling with defensive tackle Damon Payne recovering to end the threat.

Belleville gave Fordson yet another short field to work with when a fourth-down snap bounced to the punter, who had his knee down when scooping up the ball to give Fordson the ball at the Belleville 16.

Then, things got crazy when Fordson fumbled on its first play. But Belleville gave it right back by fumbling on its first play to give the ball to Fordson.

Still, Fordson couldn’t take advantage. It was stuffed on one run and Jamari Buddin knocked down a third-down pass to set up a 45-yard field goal by Ali Saad, which was blocked.

Belleville then moved the ball on the ground with a 10-yard run by TyTrayon Lewis, who had another long run before fumbling at the Fordson 32.

Fordson did take advantage of this turnover. Beydoun connected on all four of his passes for 70 yards, including a 34-yard toss to Antonio Gates Jr. to set up a 19-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Holston for a 13-6 lead with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.

“Ultimately you need the protection and when he (Beydoun) gets the protection he’s going to be able to find his man," Zaban said.

Belleville pulled even at 13 early in the fourth when Dhue-Reid found Williams for the 14-yard touchdown pass. The score was set up by Dhue-Reid’s 43-yard pass to Michigan-bound cornerback/receiver Andre Seldon.

Beydoun again went to work and threw a screen pass over the outstretched arms of Buddin and into the arms of Mansour, who sprinted down the left sidelines to the Belleville 17. That led to Smith’s second scoring run that gave Fordson a 19-13 lead with 5:14 remaining.

“We hung and played with one of the best teams in the state," Zaban said. "I want to give a lot of credit and tell everybody that I’m proud of our kids. They played and fought for four quarters."

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