Posey’s record-setting day helps lead Detroit King to state championship
Detroit – When Detroit King coach Dale Harvel turned to Armani Posey and named him his team’s starting quarterback in week four of the season, he knew what type of playmaker he was putting in as his team’s signal caller.
But what Harvel didn’t know is just how big of an impact Posey would make.
After guiding the Crusaders to the Division 2 state championship game, Posey saved his best for last as the senior guided King on a 98-yard drive in just 37 seconds, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Corley with no time left to lift King to a 40-38 win over Lowell and to its first state championship since 2007.
Posey said that the play was something that he had always dreamed of being able to do, but was able to do just that on Friday to lead his team to a state championship.
“It feels good, I was down here back in October in a game with Cass,” he said. “But what happened today, is a memory forever. I’ve dreamt about that and I went out there and did it today.”
But not only did Posey throw the game-winning touchdown, he also rewrote the record books as he threw for a championship game record 383 yards and also threw for five touchdowns on the day.
“No, I had no idea that he was at that level as a quarterback,” Harvel said. “What we put him in there to do is game manage. As the season went on, we kept expanding the playbook and I talked with my offensive coordinator and told him to see how much he can handle. Everything that we put in, he could handle and then we started pushing it down the field.”
Posey’s 383 yards passing broke the previous record held by Olivet’s Jay Cousineau (335 yards) in the 2010 Division 5 State Championship Game.
Even Posey said he never imagined he’d put together a game with the numbers he put up on Friday night, but like any good quarterback, gave plenty of credit to the line in front of him.
“No, I couldn’t imagine that type of performance,” he said. “But we got the job done, shout out to the O-line.”
While this season was the first time Posey had played quarterback in high school, the position was nothing new to him as he recalled playing quarterback in little league with a number of his current teammates.
Corley, one of Posey’s little league teammates, said that having played with Posey at quarterback in the past helped their on-field chemistry when he stepped in during the season, and it helped once again on Friday.
“From the start, he played great,” he said. “He can scan the field, scramble, all of that. I played with him in little league and he was the quarterback, so I had good chemistry with him.”
Posey connected with Corley six times for 108 yards and two touchdowns on Friday.
At the beginning of the season, Posey found himself as a part of a loaded receiving corps for King, which featured Corley, a Mr. Football finalist, Penn State-commit LaVert Hill, Western Michigan-commit Dontre Boyd and Ambry Thomas.
Posey said that when he stepped in at quarterback, having those weapons, as well as running back Martell Pettaway (a West Virginia-commit) helped him progress as a quarterback even faster.
“It helped me a lot because I know I’ve got guys all the way across the board who are going to go and make plays,” he said. “Not just Donnie, but LaVert, Dontre, Ambry, everybody can go up and make a play.”
Posey recently picked up his first Division 1 offer from Kent State.
When Posey became King’s starting quarterback, he had an immediate impact on the offense as he proved to be a calming influence for the team as he continued to get acclimated with playing the position again.
But Harvel said that as the season went on, it became apparent that Posey was going to be more than just a game-manager for his team and started noticing he could be a legitimate threat as a quarterback, starting in King’s week five win over Cass Tech.
“The first Cass game, he made some throws and ran the offense and did some things that we had designed for him, just for Cass,” he said. “Then as we went on, we kept looking at what went on with him, then the second Cass game, he made some great pitches. I said to my offensive coordinator, Terel Patrick, ‘Just let him go’.”
And as the season went on, it became more and more clear that Posey would be the quarterback who just might lead King to the Division 2 state championship that many favored the Crusaders to win.
But not even Posey or Harvel expected the type of performance the senior quarterback would put together on Friday.