Division 2 - Crusaders Cruise To Victory

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Division 2

Detroit Martin Luther King 47 Midland 21

Midland received the kickoff but couldn’t get much done. It must have been a bit of jitters for both teams as MLK punted back. Midland was able to sustain a drive on their second possession though. Passing was the name of the game as Andrew Maxwell completed multiple third and long situations. The drive culminated in a touchdown by running back Colter Roberson. The four minute drive went 54 yards to paydirt. A long third down pass by King was broken up in the secondary and the punt that followed was blocked. Midland took over at the King 26 yard line. A holding penalty slowed their progress but the third and 24 was converted for a touchdown – Maxwell to Roberson.

On the first play of the second quarter, Corey Chatman scored on a pass from Donavan Dickerson. King defensive end Nick Perry was quite a load for the stout Midland line to defend. Each took turns getting the best of each other but Perry won the majority of the battles. Darrin Williams pushed the pile and refused to go down, showing his toughness in the running game. Neither of the teams was willing to give an inch without great effort by the other team. Each team had possessions, but neither team was able to capitalize before the half and the score was Midland 14 Detroit Martin Luther King 7.

MLK was unable to move the ball on their first possession so they ended up punting from their own goal line. After a fake punt, Midland took over on the Crusader’s 19 and Roberson ran it in on the first play Midland ran in the second half. Darrin Williams answered with a 31 yard touchdown run of his own. He had 58 of the 69 yards on that drive. The extra point was no good. Dickerson tied the score on a 30 yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:38 left in the third and he also scored the two point conversion to tie the score at 21. Dickerson threw a fantastic pass to keep the drive alive on third and long to Chatman for a 25+ yard gain.

The fourth quarter was all MLK. Two interceptions were returned for touchdowns, including one by quarterback Donavan Dickerson. King scored 40 points in the second half and dominated the Chemics. Whitfield caught another touchdown and Darrin Williams ran one in as well in the fourth quarter. I was thoroughly impressed with the talent on Detroit Martin Luther King’s football team. They have done what no other school in the Detroit Public School League has been able to do; win a football state championship. I highly doubt that the fans of King will win any sort of sportsmanship awards if their actions were typical. Midland on the other hand stayed all the way through the awards ceremony and showed great class and school spirit.

Interesting Game Points: Did Midland High’s band really need eight xylophones? MLK defensive end Nick Perry lined up at nose tackle, middle linebacker, defensive end, and tight end. He had 7 tackles on the day. MLK intercepted and returned two passes for touchdowns and that's a state finals record.