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Cass Tech forces late turnover, slips past Fordson in district final

Football   | Branden Hunter

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DEARBORN, Mich. - Five weeks ago against East English Village Prep, Cass Tech senior, Keshawn Gilmore, sealed a 21-16 win with a late goal line interception. Gilmore was the man of the hour once again tonight, with his interception at the 2-yard line, to help Cass Tech edge Fordson 28-21.

"I just had to make a play for my brothers, and that was it," Gilmore laughed. "I saw the ball going up, and I had to make a play.

"We are known for coming back, and we really had to grind for this win. Fordson was well coached, but we made better plays."

With both teams knotted at 14-14 at the half, this game had that feeling of, last team with the ball wins. Cass Tech took a 20-14 lead with 1:45 left in the third, on an interception return for touchdown by Donovan Johnson, but Fordson fought right back.

Senior quarterback Muhammed Zahr found fellow senior, Abdallah Jaffal, wide open on a 33-yard touchdown, to put the Tractors back up 21-20 with 11:06 to go.

"Our defense did bend a few times on the night, especially with that last touchdown to them," said Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher. "But our kids fought to the end, and made plays when it mattered. I just hope we can continue t