DETROIT — West Bloomfield High football literally opened up the season for all prep teams, taking on Dearborn High in the afternoon at the Prep Kickoff Classic Aug. 28 at Wayne State University.
The Lakers made good in the showcase game, beating the Pioneers 35-13, but not without some hiccups.
On their first three possessions, the Lakers committed two turnovers inside Dearborn’s territory and missed a field goal. West Bloomfield led the Pioneers in total plays 28 to seven in the first quarter but still trailed 6-0.
“It’s really encouraging to win this game with the mistakes we made,” West Bloomfield coach Ron Bellamy said.
West Bloomfield found its footing at the start of the second, scoring on its first possession when Navon Mosley scampered in from 11 yards out. The extra point by Ari Goldberg gave the Lakers a 7-6 lead.
Dearborn answered on its next possession, going 77 yards on 12 plays to make it 13-7. On the drive, the Lakers had the Pioneers at third-and-14, but a pass interference kept the drive alive.
West Bloomfield retook the lead two possessions later, as quarterback Trishton Jackson ran it in from 9 yards out with 1:13 left in the half.
The score would stay the same until West Bloomfield’s first chance on offense in the third when running back Michael King scored on a 1-yard run to make it 21-13. Earlier on the drive, King took a quick pass 40 yards to set up his own score.
West Bloomfield then gave its self a cushion when Jackson hit Obbie Jackson on a post route for a 26-yard touchdown with 7:35 left in the fourth.
On the ensuing possession for Dearborn, Mosley picked off a pass to give the Lakers the ball back. On the next play, running back Will McCray found an opening and broke off a 54-yard touchdown run to make it 35-13.
“We knew if we put together a complete game, we could beat this team,” Bellamy said. “But we have to go back and correct those mistakes.”
Up next, the Lakers play host to Troy High at 7 p.m. Sept. 5.
Dearborn heads to St. Johns High at 7 p.m. Sept. 5.
“Our defense was on the field the whole second half,” Dearborn coach John Powell said. “We battled, but just did some things we should not have done. Too many mistakes.”