Both teams were trying to build off of wins in Week 1. Last week King rallied against defending State Champion- Warren De La Salle to pull out a 12-10 victory and Western shut out Detroit Central 28-0. Both teams were flying high from emotional victories, but that quickly changed for the Cowboys. King started off slowly and lead by a touchdown heading into the 2nd quarter, but as usual the play makers made big plays on offense and defense. Late in the 1st half Kevin Willis ran a sweep all the way to the house for a 88 yard score, which exposed an weakness in the Cowboys defense. Western had a strong drive late in the 1st half, but was stopped by Donnie Corley as he picked up yet another interception and the Crusaders went into halftime with a 13-0 lead.
The Cowboys never really got their offense going in the 2nd half and kept shooting themselves in the foot by not adjusting on defense. The Crusaders took full advantage led by the usual suspects; Dontre Boyd, Dorsey Kelly, Ambry Thomas, and Lavert Hill all scored 2nd half TDs. Western never quit and battled till the end of the game, but the Crusaders talent level proved to be too much today. The Cowboys were lassoed by the Crusaders with a final score of 42-0.
Even though the score would suggest otherwise; the Crusaders still have work to do to reach the high expectations set by the media, fans and most importantly themselves. They hit the divisional part of their schedule, but hope to take advantage of hosting all three teams (East English Village, Denby and Cass Tech) at home.
King Head Coach Harvel knows it’s a work in progress that occurs week by week:
Western looks to bounce back next week with a game against the tough Cody Comets on Friday September 11th at Mumford at 4:00 and the Crusaders face off against East English Village on Friday as well at King at 5:00 pm