If you were looking for a defensive battle, Detroit Martin Luther King (12-0) and Detroit East English Village (9-3) did not disappoint. From the opening kick-off, both the Crusaders and Bulldog defenses showed they were here to carry their teams on their backs.
After battling to a 0-0 tie to end the 1st quarter, King’s stellar secondary decided it was time to open up the scoring. LaVert Hill returned an interception 6 yards to put King on the board, 6-0. Anwar Miah connected on the extra point to put the Crusaders up 7-0.
Both defenses went back to work, as they kept points off the board until the opening of the 4th Quarter. As the 4th Quarter began, facing a 4th and 19, the Crusaders decided to go for it. It paid off as Armani Posey found Donnie Corley for a 19-yard touchdown pass. After the missed extra point, King was ahead 13-0. On the Crusaders’ next possession, Martell Pettaway scampered 39 yards for the score to put King comfortably in the lead 19-0.
The Bulldogs showed the Crusaders that they weren’t just going to lay down. Quarterback Delvin Washington connected with Lindrell Mitchell on a 17-yard pass for a touchdown. After the blocked extra point, the score was 19-6 King.
King’s secondary came up with another big play as Posey returned an interception 35-yards for a touchdown. After a successful extra point, King was up 26-6. The Bulldogs’ James Caesar scored on a 4-yard run, but it was too little, too late as the King Crusaders took the victory 26-12.
The Crusaders will face Livonia Franklin (9-3) in the Division 2 Semi-Finals at Dearborn High School on Saturday, November 21st at 1 pm. The winner of that game will secure a trip to Ford Field for the 2015 State Championship game.