Detroit King was fooled — twice.
On a 4th-and-1 play, Lowell shifted its entire offensive line to one side of the field. Biting on the play, Armani Posey crossed the line of scrimmage.
Encroachment. First down for the Red Arrows at the King 17. Tack on a facemask penalty after a seven-yard run by quarterback Ryan Stevens and two plays later Lowell increased its Division 2 championship game lead to 38-26.
With just 7:10 left to play, King’s championship appeared doomed.
After scoring and getting a two-point conversion to make it 38-34, King got fooled again on the exact same play with 2:14 left on a third-down and three. Encroachment — again. First down — again.
King seemed to be fooled most of the game, especially when the defense was on the field.
“We went out there and told them don’t move on the shift,” said King coach Dale Harvel. “Don’t move. Don’t even get in a stance. That goes back to when you don’t see things throughout the year. … It’s mental. We stressed all week what this was going to be about; mental. It was mental mistakes that kept us in a hole. We had two stops and they got a first down.”
It nearly cost the Crusaders a state title.
“We’ll work on it for next year,” Harvel said.
TOUGH ENDING: Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes won 13 games, the most in school history.
It scored the most points in school history, but the Lakers couldn’t find the end zone Friday afternoon in the Division 8 championship game against Muskegon Catholic Central, losing 7-0 to end the season on a bitter note.
Twins Clay and Devin Senerius didn’t have a lot to say.
Clay suffered through his worst game of the year, throwing four interceptions, and took the blame.
“It’s great to be a Laker, that’s all I have to say,” Devin said. “I love playing with my brother. I love all my teammates.”
Coach Josh Sawicki said it was a team effort that resulted in the loss.
“I was proud of how we battled,” he said. “We keep our head up. …
“I thought we moved the ball relatively well, we just didn’t execute in the red zone. They played a deep cover four. They dropped those guys back there. They’re a great defensive football team, and they came up and tackled. Their gameplan was to keep everything in front of them and we just came up short a couple of times in the red zone.
NAME GAME: LaTommy Scott’s older brother, Tommy, starred in last year’s Division 8 championship game with four touchdowns for Muskegon Catholic Central.
Their father’s name is Tommy. Their grandfather’s name is Tommy.
“Both my brother and I are same generation and we’re both LaTommy III,” said LaTommy, who carried 12 times for 44 yards in the 7-0 victory over Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.
To differentiate the brothers, the younger Scott is called ‘Baby-T’ and the older brother is called ‘Man-man.’
LaTommy had one interception and one tackle in the victory.
Unlike his brother, he didn’t eat a lot of banana pudding before the game, which caused Tommy to vomit in the second quarter of last year’s championship game.
“My stepmom made a lot of banana pudding for us, which she always does for Thanksgiving,” said LaTommy. “He was eating it here. He reminded me not to eat a lot because he didn’t want me getting sick like he did. I just kind of not ate a lot. Now I’m going to eat.”
It probably tasted better after a victory.