Four touchdown effort from Gates leads Southfield to upset win over King, 40-12
DETROIT – Ironically, the last time Southfield and Detroit King played each other, it was the first round of the Division 2 state playoffs. The Bluejays won that game, 22-19. Fast forward two years later, and much was the same, with Southfield trouncing King, 40-12, to advance.
The win was Southfield’s third in a row over King, and a huge win for a Southfield team that needed another signature win.
"We don’t talk about past years, just like we don’t talk about tomorrow, only today," said Southfield head coach Tim Conley. "That’s just how we are. It would do a disservice to these guys. They are maybe the best team’s I’ve coached, so for me to talk about last year, I can’t do it."
Southfield (7-3) jumped on King early, and never let up. The Bluejays took advantage of great field position in the first quarter, to take a 13-0 lead. Senior running back Adrian Carter struck first on a 1-yard score, then a few minutes later, Jeremy Gates rushed through the middle of King’s defense for a 13-yard touchdown.
"Adrian runs like a big back," Conley said. "With Matt Falcon not dressing right now, having Adrian Carter run that hard is helpful for that playoffs in this type of weather.
"Jeremy is overall our best football player on the team this season. We were talking about who we’d want to be all-state this year, and it’s Jeremy Gates. He’s one of those special kind of guys."
Special might be an understatement for what Gates was able to do against King. He tallied a total of 102 all-purpose yards, to go along with four touchdowns. After King muffed the second half kickoff, Gates put Southfield up 20-0 on a 23-yard touchdown catch from Kanye Harris. His 31-yard score, with 4:31 to go, to go up 40-12, all but sealed things for Bluejays.
"We are really with how he’s played this season," said Conley. "He had s great game today, and I didn’t even know he scored that many times. He was key to our win tonight, and hopefully he continues this hot streak."
For King (8-2), it’s the end of the road. The Crusaders came out flat once again, just like they had in a 39-7 loss to Cass Tech a week ago, only being able to put up 19 points the last two weeks, after averaging 42.7 points per game prior to that.
"The last two weeks, we have a lot of mistakes, and two gold football teams beat us," said head coach Dale Harvel. "With high school kids, you never know what’s on their mine from week to week, and we didn’t play as well the last two weeks, as we thought we would."
Southfield has a date with league rival Oak Park (8-2) next week. The Bluejays won their meeting two weeks ago, 20-14.