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.”
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.
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."
Allen Park 8, Ferndale 0: Nico Tiberia had 22 carries for 92 yards and one touchdown, and Emilio Balderas had two interceptions for Allen Park (4-2, 3-2 Downriver). Ferndale is 2-4, 2-2 OAA Blue.
Dearborn Edsel Ford 42, Lincoln Park 0: Ty Wyka had 301 passing yards and four touchdowns, Anthony Marano had two rushing touchdowns, Joe Marano had two receiving touchdowns and Hunter Bonza and Ethan Ledbetter each had a touchdown catch for Edsel Ford (2-4, 2-3 Downriver). Lincoln Park is 0-6, 0-5.
Detroit Community 46, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 6: Ben Johnson went 8-for-11 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns, Darontae Brown had six carries for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and Willie Rush and Jamario Jones combined for 25 tackles for Community (5-1, 3-0 Michigan Metro). UPSM is 1-5, 1-2.
Detroit Edison 54, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 38: Vincent Cooley had 405 rushing yards, 185 yards passing, eight rushing touchdowns and an interception on defense for Edison (4-2). Bishop Foley is 3-3.
Detroit Henry Ford 14, Detroit Collegiate 6: Marlon Davis had 200 total yards of offense and two touchdowns, Cardier Poellnitz had an interception, and Charles Banks had eight tackles and two sacks for Henry Ford (4-2, 1-1 Detroit PSL). Collegiate is 0-6, 0-2.
Detroit Mumford 33, Detroit Cody 0: Martrell Byrd had eight carries for 87 yards and three touchdowns, James Toles had eight tackles and one fumble recovery, and Justin Coopwood had three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery for Mumford (4-2, 1-1 Detroit PSL). Cody is 1-5, 0-2.
Detroit Old Redford 26, Mount Clemens 20: Don Williams had 25 carries for 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and Tayshaun Peterson had seven tackles and one sack for Mount Clemens (4-2, 1-2 Charter). Old Redford is 1-5, 1-2.
Detroit Public Safety 22, Allen Park Cabrini 17: Jalen Collins had 20 carries for 175 yards and one touchdown, Christian Smith rushed for 170 yards and a score on 25 attempts and Maurice Williams had 10 tackles, four sacks and three pass breakups for Public Safety (3-3). Cabrini is 3-3.
Detroit Renaissance 25, Detroit Cass Tech 20: RaeQuan Beal was 12-for-15 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns, Darnell Adams had 115 receiving yards and three total touchdowns, Derrick Warren had four sacks and Muhammed Jammeh had a touchdown catch for Renaissance (4-2, 2-1 Detroit PSL). Cass Tech is 2-4, 1-1.
Detroit Southeastern 22, Detroit CMA 16: Desean Hamilton had 111 yards rushing and one interception, and Leron Roseboro had 90 yards rushing, two rushing scores and a passing touchdown for Southeastern (4-2, 2-0 Detroit PSL). CMA is 2-4, 0-2.
Detroit Western 39, Detroit East English 0: Donovan Cole was 8-for-9 passing for 173 yards with one touchdown and two rushing touchdowns, Marcell Cutright had 12 carries for 123 yards and one touchdown, and Aric Bell and Koran Brown each had one interception for Western (4-2, 1-1 Detroit PSL). East English is 1-5, 0-2.
Eastpointe 52, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 28: Davion Watkins had 156 yards rushing, two rushing scores, an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and one interception; Maurice Davis had a rushing touchdown and scored on a 70-yard interception return; and Brent Vinson had two sacks and a 55-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown for Eastpointe (3-3, 2-1 MAC Gold). Lake Shore is 3-3, 1-2.
Garden City 35, Romulus 0: Ithan Cholewa had 22 carries for 166 yards and four total touchdowns and Michael Masierowski had 11 carries for 86 yards and one touchdown for Garden City (4-2, 4-1 Western Wayne). Romulus is 1-5, 1-4.
Grosse Pointe South 34, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 7: Alex Shaheen was 11-for-20 passing for 264 yards and threw two touchdowns to A.J. Benson, and James Doerer had 13 tackles for South (5-1, 3-0 MAC White). Anchor Bay is 0-6, 0-3 MAC Red.
Macomb Dakota 14, Utica Ford 7: De’javion Stepney had 15 carries for 117 yards, and Uko Umana had two rushing touchdowns for Dakota (4-2, 2-1 MAC Red). Ford is 3-3, 2-1 MAC White.
North Farmington 42, Royal Oak 8: Jacob Bausamra went 9-for-13 passing for 259 yards and three touchdowns, and Myles Gresham had 98 yards rushing, 89 yards receiving and three total touchdowns for Farmington (6-0, 5-0 OAA Blue). Royal Oak is 1-5, 1-3.
Plymouth 35, Hartland 13: Logan Walkley had three rushing touchdowns and Mike Mathias had 21 carries for 171 yards and one touchdown for Plymouth (6-0, 5-0 KLAA West). Hartland is 3-3, 3-2.
Riverview 14, Carleton Airport 13: Brandon Maher had a touchdown pass to Austin Poe for Riverview (4-2, 3-2 Huron). Cole VanWasshenova had five carries for 98 yards and one touchdown for Airport (4-2, 3-2).
Royal Oak Shrine 34, Waterford Lakes 7: Conor Benson went 16-for-24 passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns, Jacob Sanders had 17 carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns, Anthony Massucci had eight receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown, and Chuck Niehaus had five receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown for Shrine (6-0, 3-0 Catholic League). Lakes is 3-3, 1-1.
St. Clair 56, Center Line 13: Brady Gleason went 6-for-9 passing for 149 yards and three touchdowns, Austin Schweiger had three receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Evan Kruskie had nine carries for 64 yards and two touchdowns for St. Clair (6-0, 3-0 MAC Silver). Center Line is 0-6, 0-3 MAC Bronze.
U-D Jesuit 42, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 0: Nick Johnson had nine carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns and Aaron Richard had 11 carries for 75 yards for Jesuit (4-2, 3-0 Catholic League). Gabriel Richard is 4-2, 0-2.
Warren Michigan Collegiate 32, Romulus Summit North 13: Darrius Love had 19 carries for 132 yards and three touchdowns and Deonte Huffman had a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown for Michigan Collegiate (5-1, 3-0 Charter). Summit North is 4-2, 2-1.
Detroit News staff contributed