September 22, 2010

GL Gridiron: Norfleet runs wild on Renaissance

DETROIT - takes a look back at the week that was in Detroit Public School League football in the latest installment of Great Lakes Gridiron.

The final chapter in the first full month of high school football in the Great Lakes State was not kind to the high school teams of Michigan State commitments Lawrence Thomas and Ed Davis.

Detroit Renaissance ballclub was shutout by PSL powerhouse Martin Luther King which opened the season with a win over Catholic School League power Brother Rice and has since steamrolled three straight conference foes by a combined score of 149-7.

Martin Luther King outscored the Phoenix 28-0 in the first quarter. Junior Dennis Norfleet ignited the barrage with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play of the game. Norfleet added three more touchdowns in the game on the ground, carrying the ball eight times for 125 yards.

Norfleet is on the Michigan State recruiting radar for next year's class and is having an explosive first month of his junior season in manner reminiscent of current Michigan State sophomore tailback Edwin "Rock" Baker, who exploded onto the scene with a series of big games as junior at Oak Park before becoming a Rivals100 prospect later that year.

The Crusaders move to 4-0 on the year and carry the No. 5 ranking in Division 2 into the Week 5 of the high school football season. MLK is the only other school beside top-ranked Lowell that received first-place votes in the of latest D2 poll.

Renaissance fell to 2-2 on the year with the loss to MLK. Thomas and his Phoenix teammates will look to bounce back against winless Detroit Northwestern this Friday.

Davis and Southeastern did not fare much better against Cass Tech, the No. 9 ranked team in Division 1. The Jungaleers owned Cass Tech when Michigan State freshman William Gholston anchored the Southeastern defense. During Gholston's junior and senior seasons Cass Tech and Southeastern squared off five times. The Jungaleers won each contest. The only meeting decided by a touchdown or less was the first of those five rivalry games. The rest were blowouts.

With Gholston gone, the Technicians made the most of their opportunity to exact revenge. Cass Tech blanked Southeastern 42-0, handing the Jungaleers their first loss of the 2010 season.

Among the Cass Tech highlights included in this installment of Great Lakes Gridiron is a punt return for a touchdown by three-year starter Kishon Wilcher, the son of Technician coach Thomas Wilcher. Also keep an eye on rising junior Terry Richardson, who is expected to be on the most sought after players in the Class of 2012.

Cass Tech and Martin Luther King square off this Friday in a game that between the two undefeated and state ranked team in Division 1 and 2 respectively.

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