With a minute left in the Friday’s Detroit PSL Division I/II championship game at Ford Field and Detroit Mumford backed up near its own end zone, quarterback Omar Pagan lofted a 30-yard bomb that was picked off by Detroit Denby’s Tashawn Wilkes to ice the game and secure a title for the Tars (9-1), 8-0.
“When he threw that interception, I said I couldn’t believe it we’re going to win a city championship,” Denby coach Tony Blankenship said. “I was really overwhelmed for our kids because more than anything in the world I really wanted this for them and I wanted it for our school.”
Sloppy special-teams play and a failure to capitalize in the red zone cooled off the Mustangs (7-2), who entered the game on a seven-game winning streak.
The Tars defense came up huge all game with two special team blocks and three interceptions.
In the first quarter, Mumford had a field-goal attempt blocked by Denby, resulting in an 80-yard touchdown return and a two-point conversation.
“Our defense stepped up big time for us,” Blankenship explained. “We just wanted to make sure we corralled the quarterback. That kid is a special kid and we knew if we could stop him then we had a chance to win the football game.”
Pagan finished the game with 80 yards rushing and 60 yards passing, but threw three interceptions.
Both Mumford, which was the PSL I West champion, and Denby shift focus to the state playoffs, which begin next weekend.
“We haven’t won a city championship in like twenty plus years so this one is really special for us,” Wilkes said. “We definitely want to win the states too, we’re ready for the playoffs.”