In the nine months since Detroit Cass Tech walked out of Ford Field holding the Division 1 state championship trophy, nothing has changed.
Cass Tech still rules the state … and Birmingham Brother Rice still has problems kicking extra points.
Damon Webb forced a turnover that Joe Journey scooped up and turned into a 16-yard touchdown Saturday night and Rice failed to convert an extra point that helped provide Cass Tech with a 25-18 victory over defending Division 2 champ Birmingham Brother Rice before an overflow crowd at Wayne State.
This was the fourth game of the day in the Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic, and it began 52 minutes late. It was interrupted twice by commotions at the south end of the field.
When the first disruption took place midway through the third quarter, the Cass players ran to their sideline and all hit the ground.
A few minutes later another disruption occurred with fans scattered at the same end of the field, and the game was halted for a few minutes.
The game turned into a defensive struggle in the second half and Cass’ defense made the biggest play.
With 9:38 left to play and the score tied, Webb smacked a Rice receiver, who fumbled the ball at Rice’s 16-yard line. Journey was trailing the play and picked up the loose ball and then raced into the end zone for a 19-12 lead.
Rice came back and nearly tied the game when Brian Walker scored on a 6-yard run with 3:59 remaining.
But the snap on the conversion kick was fumbled. A year ago Rice lost three games because of failed conversion kicks.
Gary Hosey added icing to the cake when he sprinted 74 yards for a Cass touchdown with 2:09 left.
Cass had a case of the drops in the first half. Deon Drake Jr. capped a 28-yard gain on a pass play by dropping the ball, and Rice’s Kevin Henry recovered at midfield.
The Warriors drove to the Cass 1-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.
On the next play, Hosey was tackled in the end zone for a safety. Rice took the ensuing free kick and wound up with a Jason Alessi 33-yard field goal for a 5-0 lead.
Jourdan Lewis dropped a pass in the end zone for Cass, but on the next possession Jayru Campbell (11 of 24, 160 yards, one touchdown, one interception) completed a bubble screen pass to Webb, who raced 46 yards for a 6-5 lead with 10:17 left in the second quarter.
The teams exchanged 44-yard touchdown passes, with Cheyne Lacanaria passing to Josh Flye for Rice and Lewis taking a pitch and throwing to Webb for Cass for a 12-12 halftime score.
This was only the third time these schools have met and it was the first time Cass beat the Warriors.
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