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Martin Luther King takes out defending division three champion Muskegon; Dequan Finn has big day
DETROIT, Michigan- With a 27- game win streak in Muskegon’s back pocket, Detroit Martin Luther King knew it was going to take something special to take out the defending division three state champions.
“Them kids just don’t have any quit in the,” Martin Luther King head coach Tyrone Spencer said. “They just kept fighting and I’m real excited for them.”
Senior quarterback and Central Michigan commit Dequan Finn was that special thing as he accounted for five touchdowns for the Crusaders in the 41-25 win.
“It’s a surreal moment right now,” Finn said. “We just had to lock in mentally to execute.”
Finn also accounted for 246 total yards. Finn had 173 yards passing and 73 yards rushing.
The defense for the Crusaders also showed up and contained top recruit Cameron Martinez and Muskegon. The defense held Muskegon to only second 15 half points.
“We wanted to get up on them with a score,” Spencer said. “We forced them to do different things.”
Martinez finished the game with 211 yards on the ground and added 13 through the air. Martinez also was responsible for three touchdowns for the Big Reds.
An unsung hero for Martin Luther King was Dominick Polidore-Hannah who caught three passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns and had a big fourth down conversion catch with under three minutes to go.
“We had our ups and down’s this season,” Finn said. “He’s my brother and this is a great feeling.”
Muskegon would cut the lead to 10 on a touchdown pass to Ali’ vonta Wilson, but Martin Luther King was too much to handle for the Big Reds as the Crusaders would score again.
Finn would find fellow CMU commit Darrell Wyatt for a touchdown to seal the win. The score was set up by Polidore-Hannah who took a jet sweep for 40-yards.
The 40-yard run added to the Crusaders great rushing day as they rushed for 227 yards on the ground. 111 came from Peny Boone who also had a rushing score.
“Peny is a real down-hill back,” Finn said. “He doesn’t go east and west; he’s a pound it back.”
Martin Luther King would capture their fourth title in school history with the win.