The start to the 2013 season for both of these teams started off very promising for both teams but ended up being a tale of two cities. Detroit King is an established program since the mid 80s while Port Huron is an up program with an impressive past few years, but the legacy and lack thereof was evident by halftime.
Both opening drives ended up in punts, but that trend changed soon as and King used the balance of the spread offense and punched in a 30 yard impressive scamper by #20 for a 7-0 lead. Port Huron responded immediately with an equally impressive drive capped by a 15 yard TD pass to an wide open wide out to tie the score at 7 with 2:36 to go in the first. The next 14:36 of the half King flexed their muscles on offense and defense going on a 33 to 0 scoring spree. In that timeframe the Crusaders scored by multiple ways but most often through the air with QB James Speight throwing for over 300 yards and connecting for 5 TDs. Two of those TDs went to standout receiver Avonte Maddox (Pitt) who played like he was in mid season form.
King was pumping on all cylinders in all three facets of the game and the defensive and special teams both added points to the scoreboard with two returns for TD by special teams and a safety late in the game by the defense. This was totally a true team effort and quite impressive considering the letdown of not playing the the Forgotten Harvest Classic at Ford Field, but Coach Harvell has this team focused and primed for another run at a city and State Championship.
Next week King takes on a tough East English Village squad on the road in a rematch from last years shoot out of a city championship and Port Huron looks to rebound on the road against Utica who is 0-1 as well.
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