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Grosse Pointe South suffers loss in opening round of playoffs

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 26, 2018

 Grosse Pointe South freshman receiver Will Johnson goes up for the ball in a game against Dearborn Fordson. South lost the game, 24-17.

Grosse Pointe South freshman receiver Will Johnson goes up for the ball in a game against Dearborn Fordson. South lost the game, 24-17.

Photo by Sean Work


DEARBORN – It was a tale of two halves for Grosse Pointe South, as the Blue Devils fell to Dearborn Fordson 24-17 Oct. 26 on the road.


South led 17- 3 at the half, thanks to two rushing touchdowns by senior running back Collin McQueen and a 25-yard field goal by Scott Rosati. Freshman wide receiver Will Johnson added five catches for the Blue Devils.


However, momentum changed in the second half, as the Tractors found a rhythm on offense. Fordson scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Senior quarterback Hussein Ajami threw two touchdown passes and senior running back Abraham Jaafar added a 54-yard touchdown rush. 


“That’s a good football team,” South coach Tim Brandon said. “That’s a helluva football team. They got athletes everywhere, and they were able to do what they had to do.” 


The Blue Devils were in control most of the game, thanks in large part to its defense. South recovered two fumbles and came away with two sacks. 


Brandon called his defense one of the best in the state and possibly the best he’s ever coached. He is proud of the way his team performed throughout the season.  


“That’s been our mainstay all year — our defense,” Brandon said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. It’s disappointing, but I couldn’t be more proud of this group. This group of seniors, this group of defensive players and offensive players. Everybody played their (butts) off today.” 


Even with the season ending, the Blue Devils were able to accomplish a lot of goals they had for the season. South won the Macomb Area Conference White Division title for the third straight year. 


Brandon said the seniors’ legacy will never be forgotten, and senior quarterback Ryan Downey said he will cherish the memories he has made with this team. 


“It’s tough right now knowing that I won’t be able to come out here ever again, but looking back it’ll be great. All four years, all the way throughout, every year’s been just wonderful. Love these guys. Love every year. Love the program. Love everybody,” Downey said. 


Heading into next season, Brandon is expecting more of the same. It’s a next-man-up attitude for the program.


He expects the guys that have been with the program for multiple years to step up and become leaders. He’ll give the guys the next few weeks off and then it’s back in the weight room preparing for next season. 


“I’m gonna miss the kids. It was a great year. I’m proud of them, and they gave us everything they had,” Brandon said.