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King stuns Cass Tech 44-13 in PSL Semi-final

   | Branden Hunter

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In a rivalry that dates back to the 1950's, Detroit Martin Luther King,and Detroit Cass Tech added another chapter to their already storied history Friday night. The game almost didn't happen this season because of the new PSL divisional alignments. But once again the two programs found themselves faced against each other in the PSL semi-finals.

King wasted no time in this one. After forcing a Cass Tech three and out,senior QB Da'Vaun Williams hit junior Jalen Embry on an 80-yard touchdown pass on their first offensive play. Cass Tech added a big play of their own shortly after on a Jourdan Lewis 95-yard touchdown catch. The score was negated by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. On the very next play,Embry intercepted a Jayru Campbell pass,and two plays later RB Jerrod Davis scored on a 25-yard touchdown run with 3:16 left in the 1st quarter. Cass would add a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Mike Weber on their very next possession.

The game would remain close in the 3rd quarter, but King's defense dominated Cass Tech offensive-line,and.harassed QB Jayru Campbell all night. Campbell was knocked from the game late in the 3rd,when senior DE Dayvon Austin sacked him from his blindside,and Jarred the ball loose. The ruling on the field was an incomplete pass,but Cass was still forced to punt. The punt was snapped over the head of punter Ken Snapp,and out of the endzone for a King safety.

Already up 26-13 heading into the 4th quarter, King continued it's defensive and offensive dominance of Cass. Da'Vaun Williams found Leon Alexander streaking up the sideline for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 11:56 remaining in the game. The Crusader defense forced Cass Tech into it's third turnover on downs of the night on their next possession,and two plays and 41-yards later,Da'Vaun Williams punched it in from the 1-yard line. By then the game was out of reach with King adding another touchdown run by Williams late in the 4th. Williams would finish the game with a total of 6 touchdowns.

King's signature defense held Cass Tech to just 13 points,and shocked them 44-13. Asked if he thought the win was an upset,DE LeShawn McGuire said,"No,I knew that since the beginning of the year,that if we got the chance to play them,we could beat them. The seniors wanted it so bad,and we refused to lose. McGuire finished the game with three sacks and a forced fumble. In the other PSL semi-final,East English Village Prep edged Cody 37-32 behind four Desmond King touchdowns. King and East English Village will face-off for the PSL title next Friday at Ford Field.