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 Birmingham Seaholm fell to Detroit King 60-17 in a Division 2 state semifinal Nov. 23 at Novi High. Pictured Will McBride gains the edge against the King defense.

Birmingham Seaholm fell to Detroit King 60-17 in a Division 2 state semifinal Nov. 23 at Novi High. Pictured Will McBride gains the edge against the King defense.

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Detroit King buries Seaholm in D-2 semifinal

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 23, 2019

NOVI — Peny Boone ran for 170 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. The senior, committed to play next season at the University of Maryland, also threw for one touchdown as Detroit Martin Luther King topped Birmingham Seaholm 60-17 in a Division 2 state semifinal Nov. 23 at Novi High.

The Crusaders are now heading to their fourth state final in the last five seasons. 

“I think we got hit in the mouth early,” Seaholm coach Jim DeWald said. “That running back is definitely pretty big and he ran through a bunch of tackles. We can’t arm tackle him. Hats go off to that running back.”

Boone scored his first of four touchdowns on the game’s first play when he broke open an 83-yard touchdown to put King up 7-0 early. 

Boone’s other touchdown runs came on carries of 40 yards, 1 yard and 3 yards. His touchdown pass came on a 22-yard connection to Justin Whyte late in the third quarter.

Seaholm’s first points of the game were scored with 37 seconds left in the first quarter as Justin Klotz booted a 36-yard field goal through the uprights. 

The Maples opened the second half with a touchdown on their first possession. William McBride, who scored both of Seaholm’s touchdowns, gained the edge and scored on a run from 19 yards out. 

McBride's second touchdown came on a pass from Caleb Knoer for 21 yards. The junior finished the day with 36 rushing yards on six carries and 34 yards receiving on two catches. 

“I think that exemplifies our team,” DeWald said about the life his team showed in the third quarter. “These kids are gritty, tough kids. They’re resilient and they’re fun to coach. They work their tails off, and they’re never out of it.”

King quarterback Dante Moore also had an impressive day. The freshman completed 15 of 18 passes for 274 yards for two touchdowns, both to senior Marshawn Lee. 

The Crusaders are now set to take on Muskegon Mona Shores in the D-2 state final Nov. 29 at Ford Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Seaholm ended the season at 9-4 overall and 4-2 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. Among the accomplishments this season, the Maples made their first state semifinal since 1997, beat rival Birmingham Groves for the first time since 2013 and from an offensive points-scored standpoint, had their best season in program history. 

In two seasons, the Maples have grown from a football team that won one game all season to a team that was one win away from playing for a state title.

DeWald said the team’s growth spawned from an expectation set by last year’s senior class. The seniors this year were able to uphold those expectations and continue to build up Seaholm football.

“Last year’s seniors just believed in the message,” DeWald said. “Those kids believed in what we’re doing and what we’re saying. We worked extremely hard in the offseason preparing. That group bought into it and this group bought into it more.”

Chaz Strecker led Seaholm in rushing with 169 yards on 29 carries. Strecker enjoyed his final season in a Maples uniform, but challenged Seaholm’s future teams to continue to buy in and take another step forward next season.

“We always have the same expectation every single year. Make the playoffs and go far.” Strecker said. “That doesn’t change year to year. This success is nice, but we haven’t reached our goal yet and we’re not going to stop until we do.”