DETROIT – Spence DeMull’s senior year didn’t start as he had hoped.
It ended perfectly Friday.
DeMull contributed to the latest Division 6 state title for Ithaca on Friday by catching a touchdown pass in a 27-20 win over Clinton at Ford Field.
And just having a chance to contribute on the field for Ithaca meant a lot for DeMull, who at a point feared he might not even play as a senior because of a torn meniscus in his left knee.
“It means the world to me,” DeMull said. “When I got the news that I couldn’t play the first couple games of my senior year, it was heartbreaking with not being able to go out on the field with all my senior class because I’ve been playing with these guys since fifth grade. It was just special to be able to go out in these playoff games and win week after week and then come in here and get a comeback win with all these guys.”
DeMull suffered the knee injury during 7 on 7 play in the summer. He had surgery in late July and was sidelined 12 weeks. He returned to the field for the Yellowjackets in Week 8 and played his first full game the following week.
“I really thought I was going to miss my senior season,” DeMull said. “I planned on coming back to Ford Field. We set that goal and I knew this team would work there way up. Once we got to Week 9, I was feeling 100 percent and I just tried to help the team all I could.”
DeMull did just that and provided a big lift to the Yellowjackets, who have won five state titles in six years and are 83-1 since the start of 2010. He ended up as the team’s leading receiver and had 34 catches for 453 yards and nine touchdowns in just seven games this fall. DeMull had four catches for 89 yards Friday and was part of a big play – a 39-yard connection with Jake Smith – that helped get Ithaca going in the third quarter when it trailed 13-0.
“I knew he’d be back and get right back in the swing of things,” Smith said. “He had two touchdowns that first game he got back and I knew he was going to keep producing. He’s a competitor so and he goes out there and plays his hardest. I’m proud of him and I’m definitely happy he’s one of my guys.”
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