Friday, November 27, 2015

King stuns Lowell in finals seconds, 40-38, for Division 2 title

DETROIT - Martin Luther King literally snatched the Division 2 state title away from Lowell, 40-38, on a last second Hail Mary catch by senior wide receiver Donnie Corley. The win was also King's 14th on the year, completing its second perfect season in school history, since they accomplished the feat back in 2007, beating Midland for their first Division 2 state title.

King posing with their state title trophy.
Corley's catch in the back of the end zone, with Lowell defenders draped all over him, capped off a wild comeback by King, who trailed by as much as 18 early in the third quarter. He finished the game with six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

"I saw the corner telling the safety to get on top, but he wasn't listening to him," Corley said, describing the final play of the game. "I was one-on-one, and I knew Posey was going to make the right throw, and I caught it. I'm not surprised that they covered me one-on-one. They probably thought their corner was good. I guess not.

"It was beautiful ball; it couldn't get any better. It was just inbounds, in the back of the end zone. I knew where I was on the field, and I couldn't believe. It was amazing how we fought back down 17-0, and we won."

Lowell (12-2) gave King all that it could handle early on in the game, jumping out to a 17-0 lead, and going into the half up 24-13, in front of a stunned crowd. Sure, King had all the Division I college athletes, athleticism, and speed, but Lowell played like the better team. They owned the line of scrimmage in the run game, which opened up the passing game for Lowell, who was able to uses passes of 62, and 66 yards, to set up short scoring runs by quarterback, Ryan Stevens, and running back Max Dean. King's offense came on late in the half, after stalling on its first couple of drives, but if they wanted to get back in the game, the defense would have to step it up. King's defense gave up exactly 400 yards total offense, and 186 yards in the air, something they have not done all season.

"Well, I think they kept us off balance with the things they were doing," King head coach Dale Harvel said. "I give Lowell credit. They did a great job today, but my kids just kept fighting. They refused to get put away. We had a couple of stops when we needed them, but we didn't stop them consistently when we needed to. They held the ball on us, and ran their game plan to a tee."

King's defense continued to allow Lowell to score, but its offense caught fire, and was able to keep the game close, and within striking distance. The two teams had a heavyweight in the third, exchanging blows on offense. The Red Arrows took a 38-26 lead with 7:10 to go, on a 2-yard touchdown run by Stevens, but King quickly responded minutes later, when quarterback Armani Posey scrambled around, before finding LaVert Hill wide open in the back of the end zone from two yards out to pull within four, at 38-34, with 4:42 remaining in the game.

Lowell used up most of the remaining time on the clock, using their strong running game, and some help from King, who was called for a crucial offsides penalty on 3rd and three, that gave Lowell the first down. Lowell used a play where they shifted their entire line, forcing King to be confused, and jump offsides. They used the same play twice in the game. King had a whopping 15 penalties in the game for 73 yards, which obviously hurt them at times during the game. Lowell had three for 35 yards.

"We stressed all week what this was going to be about," Harvel said. " It's mental. The mental mistakes killed us. We came out of a timeout telling the kids they were going to shuffle, and we still jumped. That's mental."

Corley's catch won the game for King, but if it were not for Posey's poise under center, they would not be able to call themselves state champions. He passed for a state record 383 yards, on 19-27 passing and five touchdowns. King got the ball back with only 37 seconds left on the clock, and the ball in Posey's right hand, trying to go 97 yards for the win.

First play: False start.

Second play: Posey completes a 22-yard pass to Hill who goes out of bounds at the King 25-yard line.

Third play: Posey and Corley hook-up for a short pass to the King 35.

Fourth play: Posey completes a 25-yard to Dontre Boyd, who pays the price on a big hit, but gives King great field position at the Lowell 40, with just 10 seconds left in the game, down four.

Fifth play: Posey has his pass deep the field go incomplete to Ambry Thomas, which was probably a good thing, as the clock more than likely would have ran out with zero timeouts left.

Sixth play: With two seconds on the clock, Posey looks to his left, and heaves up a 40-yard bomb towards Corley, who leaped over his man with his 6-3 frame, coming down inbounds for the game-winner, leaving both sides stunned.

"With 38 seconds, I thought to myself, 'there was still plenty enough time in the ball game'", Posey said. "We got the ball in our playmakers hands, and they made the plays. Dontre's catch put us in the field position where we needed to be to win, and without him and that catch, we don't win the state championship."

"To me, that was the biggest play of the game," Corley added.

Posey also set a state record for passing in the game, after originally starting the year off at linebacker, but taking over the starting quarterback job in week three.

For King, the win over Lowell caps off dramatic season for them, where they were ridiculed for having transfers from other schools, ranked as the No.1 team in the state, involved in a brawl with Detroit Cody that almost cost them their perfect season, and a city title. The way they won really sums up how their season had gone all year, and now they can finally say that it was all worth it.

"It feels good to finish this season off with a state title, after all we had been through this year off the field," Harvel said. "These kids never stopped fighting, no matter what adversity they were faced with, and now they will forever be remembered at King."

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Muskegon Catholic Central Wins Defense Heavy Division 8 Title Game

Coming into the Division 8 state final many thought the game would be a track meet with both teams averaging over 35 points per game, but today the defenses showed up big as Muskegon Catholic Central won their third consecutive state title.

Both teams had two different styles of play today. Muskegon Catholic Central had a very run heavy approach while Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes had a pass heavy approach today. The pass heavy approach was their undoing as 2016 quarterback Clay Senerius threw four interceptions. Besides the four interceptions, Senerius’ statline was not bad as he would go 17 for 27 with 193 yards. Meanwhile for Muskegon Catholic Central would only through seven passes, and quarterback Christian Martinez would only complete three for 17 yards. However on the ground Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes would struggle to run the ball while Muskegon Catholic Central had no problems on the ground. On 24 rushes Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes would gain only 48 yards, while Muskegon Catholic Central gained 198 yards on 46 rushes.

In the first half the only chance for points either team has were squandered by missed field goals by both teams, and two interceptions thrown by Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes. In the third quarter it was all defense as both teams were forced to punt multiple times. After 37 minutes and 40 second of scoreless football Christian Martinez would keep it himself and score on an 8-yard touchdown run that would put Muskegon Catholic Central up 7-0. After great defensive stands by MCC the Crusaders would take home their third straight state title.

Quick Summary's of 2015 Football Finals

Division 2:
2016 WR Donnie Corley caught a 39-yard touchdown from QB Armani Posey to lift King to a thrilling 40-38 win over Lowell as time expired.

Lowell erupted in this game with a 21-yard field goal, touchdown runs by Max Dean and Ryan Stevens early in the 2nd quarter.  King responded with a 3-yard touchdown run by converted QB, Armani Posey to cut the score to 17-7.  But, Lowell responded right back with a 3 yard run by Max Dean.  King ran the 2-minute drill to perfection as they scored in the final seconds before halftime on a 12-yard touchdown catch by LaVert Hill to trim the Lowell lead to 24-13.  Dean responded again with a touchdown in the 3rd quarter from 5 yards out, King didn't sit idle as they drove down and connected with a 25-yard touchdown from Posey to 2016 WR Donnie Corley.

Division 6:
Clinton scored the lone points in the first half on a 21-yard touchdown catch by 2016 RB Noah Poore from Kaden Kelly.  Eastern Michigan commit, 2016 Slot Matt Sexton erupted in the 3rd quarter with a 56-yard touchdown run to make the score 13-0 before Ithaca responded with 21 points.   Ithaca 2016 QB Jake Smith added 2 rushing touchdowns and threw for a touchdown pass to 2016 WR Spence DeMull to give Ithaca a 21-13 lead in the 3rd quarter.  2016 RB Noah Poore added a late touchdown but it would not enough to stop Ithaca from winning their 5th title in the last 6 years.

Division 8:
Muskegon Catholic Central scored early in the 4th quarter on an 8 yard touchdown run by 2016 QB/DB Christian Martinez.  Martinez also added 1 of 4 interceptions, 2 others were by 2017 RB/CB Walker Christoffersen.

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  • High School:
    • Fordson
  • Graduation Year:
    •  2018
  • Primary Position:
    • RB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • LB


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Division 8 State Finals Preview

Matchup: Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Lakers (13-0) vs. Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders (11-2)
Date & Time: November 27th, 2015 10:00 am
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Lakers
Schedule according to
Result of Game
Warren Michigan Collegiate
Win 34-0
Macomb Lutheran North
Win 47-14
Madison Heights Bishop Foley Catholic
Win 48-10
Clarkston Everest Collegiate
Win 39-0
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic
Win 35-0
Allen Park Cabrini
Win 55-0
Riverview Gabriel Richard Catholic
Win 35-8
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood
Win 36-10
Riverview Gabriel Richard Catholic
Win 49-21
Clarkston Everest Collegiate
Win 42-0
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian
Win 54-19
Saginaw Martin Luther Seminary
Win 32-6
State Semi-Finals
Ottawa Lake Whiteford
Win 36-10

How They Got Here:
The Lakers this season have dominated their opponents. With a high scoring offense and a stout defense the Lakers have worked their way to a school record 13 wins. Their closest point margin came in the regional round of the playoffs where they won by 26 over Saginaw Martin Luther Seminary. The next week Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes would defeat Ottawa Lake Whiteford in the state semi-finals. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes is making their fourth state championship appearance.
Impact Players:

Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders
Schedule according to
Result of Game
Muskegon Oakridge
Loss 26-45
Muskegon Heights Academy
Win 2-0 (Forfeit)
Muskegon Orchard View
Win 42-11
Win 34-13
Spring Lake
Win 51-7
Win 29-26
Win 49-14
Detroit Country Day
Loss 6-35
Win 48-12
Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy
Win 49-7
Beal City
Win 48-13
Win 22-12
State Semi-Finals
St. Ignace LaSalle
Win 33-20

How They Got Here:
Behind a heavy run attack the Crusaders of Muskegon Catholic Central made their way back to Ford Field for the third straight year. After a season that started off with a loss the Crusaders ripped off six straight wins until losing to Detroit Country Day. Then once again they would win five straight games and be in the state title game once again. Muskegon Catholic Central is making their 14th state title appearance.

2017 RB/DB Walker Christoffersen