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In second year playing football, Scarber leads Detroit King to a second straight D-2 title

Football   | Jeff Dullack

In second year playing football, Scarber leads Detroit King to a second straight D-2 title

Detroit – When Jesse Scarber began his high school athletic career four years ago, he considered himself to be a basketball player exclusively, and football couldn’t have been further from his mind.

And for good reason. Scarber will be entering his fourth season on the varsity basketball team with Detroit King this winter.

But on Friday afternoon, he was perhaps the most important football player the Crusaders had.

Scarber recorded two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown in the second half, as he helped lead a dominant defensive effort for King, who won its second straight Division 2 state championship, 18-0 over Walled Lake Western.

This season was just the second season of football that Scarber has played after being convinced by King head coach Tyrone Spencer who, at the time, was the school’s defensive coordinator

“He really came out because he didn’t want to run cross country, so he came out late, in August last year,” Spencer said. “But when I was looking at him on the basketball court, he was a tough kid and I told him I was going to make him my corner next year. We put in the work and developed him and got him together and he’s done a phenomenal job.”

A 5-foot-9 point guard who has started since the end of his freshman season fo