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Southfield High wins playoff opener

October 26, 2012

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Southfield High quarterback Tre Walton rolls out in a game earlier this season. The Blue Jays beat Detroit Martin Luther King 22-19 in the opening round of the playoffs.

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield High beat a familiar foe in the opening round of the Division 2 playoffs Oct. 26 at home.

The Blue Jays beat Detroit Martin Luther King 22-19, the same squad they beat by a point in double overtime in the season opener.

"We did a great job of preparing, the kids were looking forward to it," Southfield coach Tim Conley said. "Even though we beat them before, I think we went in as underdogs, because of their program and where they'vebeen. I think our kids liked that role."

Southfield came out strong, leading 14-0 late into the first half with touchdown runs from quarterback Tre Walton and running back Gerald Gates.

The Crusaders got on the board with 2:39 left in the half when quarterback Davaun Williams hit receiver Mycial Allen on a 10-yard strike to make it 14-7.

King running back Avonte Maddox cut into the lead more with a 23-yard scamper with just under 11 minutes left in the third quarter, but the extra point was missed to make it 14-13.

After stopping Southfield on downs on the following possession, the Crusaders didn't waste time taking the lead as Williams found Allen again, this time on an 80-yard score. King failed on the conversion again, giving them a 19-14 lead.

"With the tough schedule that we've had and the close games we've played, we knew if we kept fighting, we'd be fine," Conley said.

After trading two punts each, Southfield scored the game winner when Gates found the end zone from 3 yards out on fourth down. Running back Jeff Madison then made an athletic catch on a pass from Walton in the corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion making it 22-19.

King didn't go away without a fight. The Crusaders drove the ball down to the Southfield 10-yard line, but were unable to capitalize on four plays.

"Really, it came down to that last drive, not being able to score," King coach Dave Harvel said. "If we score there, we probably win the game."

King ends the year 6-4 overall. Southfield goes to 7-3 and takes on the winner of Oak Park High and Detroit Cody next week.

"We're just trying to keep moving forward," Gates said.

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