Posey stepping up at QB, leads Detroit King into playoffs with 9-0 record
Detroit – When the 2015 season opened, Armani Posey had no idea he’d eventually become Detroit King’s starting quarterback and few knew just how big of an impact the senior would make on the Crusaders once he stepped in as the signal caller.
While King was unbeaten heading into week four of the season, the Crusaders felt the need to make a change at the quarterback position and decided to name Posey, one of King’s best playmakers, as the starting quarterback.
And it’s been a decision that has paid off in a big way for King as the Crusaders are entering the postseason with a perfect 9-0 record.
King coach Dale Harvel noted that since stepping in at quarterback for his team earlier this season, Posey has played well for the Crusaders and added that not only has Posey been great as the team’s signal caller, but he’s also one of the best athletes and playmakers in the state.
“Posey’s play has been excellent all year,” he said. “I keep saying it, he is one of the best athletes in the state of Michigan. He always has the same demeanor and he just makes plays.”
In Friday night’s PSL Championship game against Cass Tech, Posey finished with 240 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air to help lead the Crusaders to a 27-25 win.
Posey said that throughout the season as a quarterback, he’s needed to make minor changes, but he and his teammates continue to stay focused on trying to improve one day and one practice at a time.
“There’ve been little tweaks and changes here and there, but that’s all a part of the game,” he said. “We just looked to keep moving forward and that’s all that we did, was keep moving forward, climbing the latter from 3:00 to 8:00, keep climbing the latter.”
In Posey’s second start at quarterback, against Cass Tech, Posey threw for 129 yards as the Crusaders picked up a 31-28 win in overtime.
This season is the first time King beat Cass Tech twice in a season since 2001.
Posey admitted that he did not expect to see playing time at quarterback when the season began, but his move to the position was one that he embraced as he had the opportunity to help the offense improve.
“No, but it’s just a change in the game and the atmosphere,” he said. “It was just about getting the team rolling.”
Along with playing quarterback, Posey also serves as the team’s punter and linebacker.
Now, the Crusaders head to the playoffs with a 9-0 record, looking to make a long run in the postseason in search of their first state title since 2007, the last season the Crusaders finished a regular season with an unbeaten record until this year.
As far as what King needs to do in order to make a long playoff run in Division 2, Posey said that simply he and his teammates need to keep working in practices and keep playing with the same energy level that they played with in the regular season.
“We just have to keep practicing,” he said. “We need keep the intensity up and just keep practicing.”
Detroit King will open up the playoffs on Saturday afternoon at home against 6-3 Detroit U-D Jesuit.