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Junior Class Leads East English Village Past Ford 72-65 In City Quarterfinals

12 Feb

photo-6Detroit East English Village is chartering into unknown territory. The school was formed as a merger of Finney and Crockett High Schools in the Fall of 2012. With East English’s victory over Detroit Henry Ford, the Bulldogs will play in the first PSL city semi-final in school history.

EEVP trailed 28-25 at halftime in an evenly matched contest. However, the Bulldog game plan would have to change. 6’3″ junior standout guard Kamari Newman took an awkward fall attempting to secure a rebound. Newman would be forced to leave the game with 7:38 seconds left in the third with his team trailing 30-25. Ford would make their move. Led by division one point guard James Towns, the Trojans would go on a 14-0 run over the next 2:23 and lead as large as 19 points at one point, Towns scored six in the third.

The Bulldogs needed to counter and quickly, and received it from the unlikeliest of sources. Junior guard Lamar Neely does not play the most minutes on a particularly deep Bulldog squad, but with the injury to Newman, Neely needed to make his presence felt.

“On the bench I was kind of nervous,” Neely said after the game. “But once I got in there the jitters went away.”

Neely and fellow junior guard Chris Rollins orchestrated the Bulldog comeback. Rollins connected on a three pointer to trim the Trojan lead to nine to ending the third. Rollins would continue his onslaught in the fourth, he scored seven points in the final stanza, and Neely launched a three pointer with 3:40 left to give the Bulldogs a 59-57 lead, capping off a 16-5 spurt in the fourth.

“I was real confident,” Neely said regarding the three pointer. “I’m not going to say I knew it was going in, but I was real confident.”

Neely scored all ten of his points in the second half. Ford knotted the score 61-61 after junior Jeremy Crawley sinked one of two free throws with under a minute to play. Bulldog junior Jaylin McFadden had a chance to win the game, but his contested five footer was off the mark. Overtime.

Overtime was all EEVP. The Bulldogs forced six Trojan turnovers, outscored Ford 11-4, and four different Bulldogs scored in the final four minutes of play, finishing the largest comeback in school history.

“Any team down by 19 most of the time they’re going to give up, think it’s over.” junior forward Jaylin McFadden commented after the game. “But the way our coaching staff is, we’re not allowed.”

McFadden did not start, he came off the bench and provided starters worthy minutes with 17 points and 10 rebounds, the fourth Bulldog in double figures for scoring, joining Chris Rollins (21 pts), the aforementioned Neely, and 6’5″ forward Cedric Lattimore (12 pts).

Newman did not play the majority of the third, entire fourth, and overtime session. McFadden alluded to Newman’s presence on the bench, even with his injury, as motivating to the team in moments of adversity. McFadden said he kept on pushing them, and were eventually able to get over the hump. But on a team as talented EEVP, it’s pick your poison according to Jaylin.

“It’s kind of hard,” McFadden said to key in on one player. “We all know our role, we are all trying to get it done for the same goal.”

The Village moves onto face Renaissance this Friday in the city semi-final. East English defeated Renaissance by two points on a last second shot January 20th. With a trip to Calihan on the line, the Bulldogs will not expect the Phoenix to lay down easily.

“They’re a hard team,” McFadden added. “Beat them by a buzzer last time, we know they’re trying to get back at us, we’re just going to play our game.”

Playoff Time in the City of Detroit

17 Oct

The Final weekend of high school football season in the state of Michigan is upon us.  Another great DPS Season will conclude with some teams wishing to have a couple of games back, while other will look to make deep state playoff runs.  The list below will tell what teams have qualified for the playoffs and what teams still need a win this weekend to qualify.

Central- At 5-3, the Trailblazers have certainly had a remarkable season.  They look to qualify for the playoffs on Thursday with a win over the visiting Trojans of Henry Ford.

Douglass- The Canes’ were expected to compete this season for the PSL East Division Championship.  But in the two games they needed to win, King and East English, Douglass did not even record a point.  The Hurricanes will not have a game this week and will finish with a 5-3 record.  Enough to make it into the playoffs.

King- King is in an interesting situation right now.  They play for the city championship this Friday, but with a record of 5-3.  King right now should be 6-2, but forfeited a game due to an ineligible player.  With a win King is in, but a loss still might get them in.  King has had to play a tough schedule, including Southfield and Cass Tech.  But no doubt, the Crusaders do not want to watch the MHSAA Selection Show this Sunday with anxiety about the remainder of their season.

East English- The Bulldogs have the best record out of any DPS Team.  If the bulldogs win this week, they will have  gone 8-1 on the season.  If that turns out to be true, the Bulldogs will have a great opportunity of obtaining home-field advantage in the playoffs, but for sure the district tournament.

Cass Tech- Cass Tech currently sits at 6-2 on the season.  The Technicians conclude regular season play against a very sub-par University of Detroit Jesuit.  Cass will most likely win and maybe even have a running clock in this game, which will give them a 7-2 record on the season.  Although this record seems good, it might not be good for home-field.  If Cass were to end up in the same district as Macomb Dakota, Dearborn Fordson or Warren Mott, they might only receive one home game.  That might not be a problem for the defending State Champions, remember last year, they got into the playoffs at 6-3 and only played one home game.

For all in all, it has been a truly great DPS Season.  Although their might not have been as many State Playoffs teams as their were last year, this season has been one of the most competitive in the years I’ve followed the PSL.

Interview with Jaylen Moore

30 Sep

Jaylin Moore, a key contributor to Ford’s 2011 Division 2 City Championship appearance, has had to battle through early season injuries to prove he is a elite defensive back in the city. In this interview, he describes how his season has come so far and what he must improve on to get to the next level.

Cass Tech 56 Henry Ford 0

30 Sep


Daquan Pace eludes two Ford Defenders on his way to the end-zone


Michigan Commit Jourdan Lewis


Cass Tech scores again


A Cass Tech wide-receiver fights his way into the end-zone


Jalin Moore of Ford vs. Jourdan Lewis


The mighty Cass Tech Marching Band


Senior Day at Cass Tech


Jourdan Lewis beats double coverage for a touchdown


Sean Perry celebrates a 70 yard punt-return

Half-way Review

25 Sep

The season has gone by really fast for some reason this year, it seems that just last week, we were talking about Cass Tech’s showdown against Brother Rice.  Nether the less, DPS playoffs will start in 2 weeks and I will give a team-by-team review and will discuss my predictions for the second half of the season.  Lets start with the West League

Cass Tech-  The Technicians have lived up to the pre-season hype the surrounded them for the entire off-season.  I have been impressed how the players and coaching staff have managed new uniforms, national rankings, and a tough non-conference schedule.  Cass got off the a hot start this year beating Rice 25-18, followed by two easy wins before struggling in the first half against Cody.  However, they stubbed their toe against Orchard Lake St. Marys this past friday and showed some weakness against the run.  With that being said I have been impressed with the depth of this team.  I was worried that having so many division one recruits would cause turmoil in the locker room.  I couldn’t have been more wrong, transfers such as Joe Journey, Damon Webb and Dejuan Rogers have filled in nicely with all ready known players such as Jourdan Lewis and David Dawson.  Cass has two winnable games coming up before the city playoffs so I expect them to be 6-1 and they will definitely be the team to beat in the playoffs.

Cody- Coming into the season, I wondered who would be the team behind Cass in the PSL west division.  Cody has surprised me this year.  The Comets started off with a rough 35-0 loss to Detroit Catholic Central but rebounded nicely pulling of two convincing wins against Ford and Mumford respectively before running into Cass Tech.  Cody hung in early, but Cass had just too much depth and over powered the Comets in the second half.  Recently, Cody won a huge road game 12-6 over Renaissance.  This win has certainly put them in position to make the city playoffs this year.  Personnel wise, the Comets are led by dual threat Quarterback DeMarco Gulley, who as passed for almost 700 yards this season and has also eclipsed 400 yards rushing on the campaign.  Gulley has loads of offensive talent to distribute the ball to, such as the multi-versatile Eddie Flucker and the always dangerous Kenyon Bell.  Running back Eli-Kevin Phillips has also emerged as a go to player on the Cody offense.  Cody plays Western this week with a chance to clinch a city playoff berth.

Ford- Ford had high expectations coming into the season, reaching last years Division 2 City Championship Game but only lost to Douglass.  Ford has had to change the offense this year losing last years dual threat Quarterback Victor Edge.  However, Ford has also returned last years playmakers Alonzo Bell and Jalin Moore both having the ability to play offense and defense.  Ford started off the campaign with a disappointing loss to Pershing 12-0, and the following week lost 54-0 over Cody.  The Trojans  have won 2 out of the last three to possess a 2-3 record this season.  Ford now has to win their 4 remaining games this season if they wish to qualify for the state playoff for the 2nd straight year.

Renaissance- The Phoenix knew that coming into this season they would be a young team only carrying 9 seniors on the roster.  Renaissance was looking to improve upon a previous season in which they made the city playoff and this year the Phoenix got off to a sluggish start opening the season with a tough loss to the always State Championship Contenders the Hawks of Farmington Hills Harrison.  But rebounded nicely routing Western International 41-6.  The following week, Renaissance was featured in the DPS Game of the Week, but this game did not look like a game that was supposed to be competitive, getting blanked 44-0 to Cass.  The Phoenix won the following week setting up a monumental game in the PSL West division last weekend.  The Comets of Cody were victorious 12-6 in which they seemed to have clinched a city playoff berth.    Renaissance will now have to win if they hope to make their State Playoff dreams a reality.

Western- Western made a huge move in the off-season.  Bringing in the well-known head coach Andre Harlan over from rival Southwestern to coach the team this year.  Following Harlan across I-75 were a group of very talented players, especially a sophomore named Romello Ross who rushed for over 1,000 yards his freshmen season at Southwestern.  The Cowboys opened their new era at Garden City High School to play the Cougars.  This game was a very close game in the first-half, both defenses were looked strong.  But in the end Garden City was just too much to handle for the Cowboys.  Western was than held to less than 10 points in two losses to U of D Jesuit and Renaissance respectively.  However, the following weekend, Coach Harlan won his first game as a Cowboy Coach bettering Mumford 26-10.  Romello Ross led the way rushing for 133 yards on 13 carries for the host Cowboys.  This previous weekend, Western won a nail-biter in a game that came down to a two point conversion in which the Cowboys prevailed 20-18.  The Cowboys are now faced with the daunting task over winning their 4 remaining games, including a game vs. Cody, if they wish to make the State Playoffs under their first year coach.

Mumford- Coach Donshell English is no stranger to success in the PSL.  English was the coach at Southeastern who with stand-out defensiv end William Gholston, who regularly made deep playoff runs.  Coach English has had limited success this year with his Mustangs carrying a win-less record.  Mumford has been held scoreless three times this year, most notably a 48-0 lost to Cody.  English will ultimately get this program turned around.  This is a relatively young team with some good talent.  Look for Mumford to be a legitimate contender in the PSL with the next couple of years.

Northwestern- First year coach Jimmy Hill knew that he must improve upon his offense coming into this season to be competitive this season in the PSL West this year.  The previous season the Colts’ offense amassed less than 80 points.  Hill has certainly improved that number this season as his Colts have scored more than 100 points this season, most notably a 62-0 beat down over Ford Academy for Creative Studies.  The Colt must improve upon their defense not only for this year but for years to come.  In the first two weeks alone, the Colts surrendered 87 points to Central and Cass.  I know that Cass is stacked but they still put their back-ups in, a first team should be somewhat competitive with a second team.  Northwestern certainly has the talent to contend in the PSL in years to follow.  They play Mumford this week to try win two games this year.  Which would equal the previous season with two wins.

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