West Bloomfield High football cruises by Sterling Heights Stevenson to claim D-1 district title

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published November 14, 2020

 West Bloomfield High's Donovan Edwards breaks tackles against Sterling Heights Stevenson Nov. 14. the Lakers won 63-6.

West Bloomfield High's Donovan Edwards breaks tackles against Sterling Heights Stevenson Nov. 14. the Lakers won 63-6.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Sterling Heights Stevenson's Tony Shumate bursts through a hole against West Bloomfield Nov. 14. The Titans finished the year with a 7-2 overall record.

Sterling Heights Stevenson's Tony Shumate bursts through a hole against West Bloomfield Nov. 14. The Titans finished the year with a 7-2 overall record.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

STERLING HEIGHTS –– In a matchup of highly ranked teams, it didn’t take long for West Bloomfield High to establish itself against Sterling Heights Stevenson Nov. 14.

The Lakers’ game plan was simple: give the ball to Donovan Edwards. The senior running back finished the day with six total touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) in a 63-6 victory.

The win gave West Bloomfield the district title, and the Lakers will now play Romeo High in regionals. Romeo has won four straight games and is 5-4 overall.

“Donovan’s the best player in the state of Michigan,” Lakers coach Ron Bellamy said. “He showed it today. He did what he had to do. But Donovan couldn’t do it without the help of the 10 other guys on offense.”

Outside of Edwards’ performance, the Lakers also got touchdowns from Rick Nance, Maxwell Hairston and Niles King. King returned an interception for a touchdown, Hairston caught a 60-yard touchdown from Alex Short and Nance scored on a 19-yard rush.

While the offense was clicking, the Lakers’ defense wasn’t budging. In total, the Titans ran just four plays in Lakers territory.

“We executed in all phases,” Bellamy said. “If you run the football, you stop the run and you play great special teams, you give yourself a chance to win.”

The loss ends Stevenson’s season with a 7-2 overall record. The Titans were able to share the Macomb Area Conference Red Division title.

Titans coach Justin Newcomb was proud of the way his players battled throughout the season, even if the effort didn’t show on the scoreboard.

“They got some athletes over there on their side and had some breaks that didn’t go our way, but that’s a good football team,” Newcomb said. “We’re building something here. We’ll be back at it next year stronger than we showed today.”

Newcomb was thankful for the play of his seniors and is excited to see what the future holds for his program.

“Senior class was great,” Newcomb said. “Their first year as freshmen, they went 2-7, their JV year, they went 2-6-1. Over the last 15 games, they’re 14-3. That’s a remarkable turnaround for them, and I’m proud of those guys. “