Quarterback/receiver De’Andre Smith dominated the offense and the Detroit Cougars came up with an interception return for a touchdown as Detroit improved to 1-2 with a 40-6 victory over the Macomb County Bearcats Friday night in Rivals Professional Football League action at Mt. Clemens High School.
The Cougars struck first when Smith rumbled in from three-yards out with 4:47 left in the first quarter to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.
Detroit took advantage of a nine-yard punt by the Bearcats (0-3) to set up its offensive at the 19 of Macomb County.
“Justin Unger had a great game,” said coach Quentin Hines. “He comes to practice every day, he works hard. He is what we want this league to be about.”
Smith hit Dana Minor with a 19-yard strike with 2:05 left in the first to increase the Cougars lead to 12-0.
Smith then dazzled the crowd with a 60-yard punt return on the first play of the second quarter to put the Cougars up 18-0. Running back Akoyea Reed ran in the two-point conversion to make it 20-0.
The Cougars came up a big play on defense when Joseph Frye-Dandridge intercepted the ball at his own 30 and returned it 70-yards for a touchdown with 11:55 left in the half to make it 26-0.
Cameron Williams ran in the two-point conversion to make it 28-0.
Smith capped a tremendous first half with a 55-yard punt return with 8:17 left in the half to make it 34-0.
Detroit scored its second defensive touchdown on a sack by Mamadou Diawara, who stripped the ball loose with Derrick Johnson recovering and rumbling in from 30-yards to give Detroit a 40-0 lead.
Juan Jeter scored the Bearcats only touchdown on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter.