Monday, October 20, 2008

WEEK 8: Cass Tech vs. Cody

** William Campbell hunts down Cody's Brandon Hall****Cass Tech's Teric Jones**
**Cody's Damon Johnson makes an acrobatic catch**
**Cass Tech's Thomas Gordon**

Detroit- 6-1 Cass Tech entered the game supposedly as the "underdog" as they faced the higher seeded Cody Comets, who came in a perfect 7-0 to Saturday's Detroit PSL division A semifinal at Detroit Northwestern. But it's Cass Tech who features all of the high major D-1 recruits and they played like it!

Teric Jones and Thomas Gordon put on a show in the first half as the University of Michigan commits took turns putting together clips for a highlight reel to give their Technicians a 21-0 halftime lead in front of a standing room only crowd.

First, Gordon faked a handoff to Jones and then sprinted 50 yards on the game's opening drive for a 6-0 lead. Next it was Jones turn, as he dashed to paydirt from 61 yards out. Jones picked up a huge block from teammate Dior Mathis, that made the run possible. An extra point made the score 13-0 with 6:20 to play in the second quarter. Jones reached paydirt again, from 6 yards out, to make the score 21-0 at the half.

While Cass was running up and down the field; Cody couldn't generate any kind of offensive flow, Cody prefers to move the ball with the arm of QB Brandon Hall but Hall spent most of the day on his back thanks to William Campbell who spent most of his time in the Comet backfield.

In the thrid quarter Cass secured the win with a goal line stand to keep Cody of the endzone. Cass took over on downs and on the second play Gordon sprinted for a 96 yard TD run and a 27-0 lead.

Cody's offense got rolling but it was just too little too late as Hall tossed two TD completions, a 15 yarder to Damon Johnson and 25 yarder to Larue Boudreaux.


Cass Tech- the Technicians are playing solid football right now, and no better time to be functioning on all cylinders. The D-Line fueled the defense as the got constant pressure from all four lineman, not just Campbell. That pressure allowed the secondary and linebackers to just fly all over the field. Cass Tech has just so many weapons besides the "big 3" but you got to love the team first attitude with all egos put aside.

Cody- the Comets were killed by the big play and just overwhelmed by the speed of Cass Tech. Open field tackling killed Cody in the first half however they did manage to tough up in the second half and hold Cass to only one TD.

GAME MVP- Teric Jones, Cass Tech Jones finished with 161 yards and two TDs and constantly picked up chunks of 20 yards. He is just sick in the open field with great cut back ability and field vision.

Thomas Gordon, Cass Tech- Gordon could have also been MVP with his 146 rushing yards and two TDs. His play at safety was limited to long passing downs but you can't fault the coaching staff because Gordon is still favoring a hamstring injury and you can afford to loose your QB.

William Campbell, Cass Tech- just a pure beast and physical presence on the line. Speed, strength, technique- he has the whole package but more importantly he is a true team leader. Campbell is constantly firing up his teammates and slapping hands. He had a pair of sacks but put Hall on his back atleast 6 times.

Dior Mathis, Cass Tech- like Jones did last year, Mathis, a junior, will have to wait his turn to become the offensive focal point. He still gets plenty of attention at corner with offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Miami (Fl.), Oregon, and Iowa already in his back pocket.

Daniel Easterly, Cass Tech-
gets unnoticed at times but this 6-3 outside linebacker is player! He knocked a Cody Rb out of the game, made another big hit on special teams, then added a interception.

Brandon Hall, Cody- the 6-4 QB has a nice soft touch to his release. I like the way he scans the field and made some tough throws, only problem was he rarely had time to throw but he stayed in the pocket and took his hits.

Damon Johnson, Cody- at 6-5 he gives Hall a big target at tight end. Johnson has good hands and made some tough catches in traffic. No doubt that he can play at the next level.

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